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Sexual Interactions and Sexual Infidelity / Paddy McQueen

The Journal of Ethics

Swansea University Author: Paddy McQueen

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In this paper, I develop an account of what constitutes a sexual interaction between two or more people. I do this by first defining a sexual activity as one in which an agent intends to satisfy a desire for sexual pleasure. To determine what is required for two (or more) people to engage in a sexua...

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Published in: The Journal of Ethics
ISSN: 1382-4554 1572-8609
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56361
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Abstract: In this paper, I develop an account of what constitutes a sexual interaction between two or more people. I do this by first defining a sexual activity as one in which an agent intends to satisfy a desire for sexual pleasure. To determine what is required for two (or more) people to engage in a sexual activity together, I draw from Bratman’s account of shared collaborative activity. I argue that sexual interaction is one in which two or more people engage in a sexual activity together, with the intention of satisfying a sexual desire (or some sexual desires) in a mutually responsive and mutually supportive way. This means that people can engage have sexual interactions across large distances and over a long period of time. I then use this account to decide what things constitute sexual infidelity. The answer is a broad one: many things can count as sexual interactions and hence can be sexual infidelity. This can include stripteases, cyber sex and, contrary to what a lot of people think, the private use of pornography.
College: College of Arts and Humanities