A discussion on what we do.
Due to the pandemic, we will meet remotely on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM EST (Zoom link here)
- Who are you and what is one thing you think is ethically relevant to matters of sex?
- What is consent? How can be it be given and taken?
- Do sexual relationships confer particular responsibilities between individuals? How can breaches of these duties be adjudicated?
- Not that I’m trying to tell anyone their business or prescribe policy, but at about what age on average should individuals have sex with one another?
- Is there too much, too little, or just about the right amount of pornography in the world?
- Should we encourage the use of “sex robots“?
- What sorts of technology should be used/advanced/developed for sex? Put differently, what is a proper role of technology in sexual relationships?
- What is the strongest possible argument against contraception?
- What should be done about those who sexually abuse children?
- Can there be a just/ethical/fair/decent form of prostitution?
- Why are non-heterosexual relationships (e.g., homosexual relationships, polyamorous pairings, etc.) viewed by some in society with derision/hatred? Put more pointedly, what motivates some to commit hate crimes on the basis of sex, be it of identification, orientation, or association?
- Why are power imbalances commonly associated with sexual misconduct and what can be done to mitigate their affects?
- Why does there persist sex-based differences in physician compensation and institutional support for junior biomedical researchers?
- What is a transgender mouse?
- When/Can a child elect to confirm their gender if such a surgery is against the expressed and deeply held beliefs of their parents?
- When/Will the sexes be equal?
Readings to consider
- Sex Differences in Institutional Support for Junior Biomedical Researchers (Sege et al)
- Sex as an important biological variable in biomedical research (Lee)
- Deciding on Gender in Children with Intersex Conditions: Considerations and Controversies (Thyen et al)
- The Use of Sex Robots: A Bioethical Issue (Nascimento et al)
- Self-promotedly: I support the LGBTQRS community