Sexual Duties, Sexual Supererogation
"Sexual Duties, Sexual Supererogation," in Scott Stein, ed., The 33rd, vol. 6 (2013), pp. 243-49.
6 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2013
Date Written: September 30, 2012
It is commonly agreed that we have many general and specific moral or religious duties to avoid sexual activity (no rape, no pedophilia, no adultery, no bestiality, etc.). It is less acknowledged and infrequently discussed that we might have moral or religious duties to engage in sexual activity – and that engaging in sexual activity in certain circumstances (viz., in relation to the sexually "poor," i.e., the "deprived," "malnourished," or "physically disabled") may be morally or religiously required as a duty commanded by a secular principle or benevolence or by "Love Thy Neighbor." Further, some sexual activities may be morally or religiously supererogatory and praiseworthy, to the extent that they are modeled on the behavior of Luke's Good Samaritan. This essay explore these conceptual and practical possibilities.
Keywords: Sexual duty, Sexual obligation, Sexual supererogation, St. Paul, Elizabeth Anscombe, Marriage debt, Ad remedium concupiscentiae, Sexual harassment, Stalking
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