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Liberal attempts to defend adultery demonstrate the internal inconsistency and shallowness of contemporary sexual ethics. At one point, there was a moral consensus on this question across political and cultural lines.
But now, many on the left seem to have reconsidered the immorality of adultery. The Ashley Madison hack has spurred a national debate on data privacy as well as the state of marriage in society. Pundits like Fredrik deBoerDan Savageand Glenn Greenwald wasted no time commenting on the controversy by pushing several familiar narratives: Adultery is a victimless and harmless act and therefore within the bounds of morality.
If two or more people consent to sexual activity, that is their prerogative, and society must be accepting of that choice or at the very least respectful and understanding. The fact that many conservative people do not accept adultery is a function of their religious prudery.
That is the only reason anyone could possibly have for opposing consensual sex, which, in the final analysis, is a private matter that ought to remain beyond the scrutiny of others. By insisting that adultery is immoral, religious groups are imposing their puritanical beliefs on others, stigmatizing the innocent lifestyles of certain people, and dehumanizing those who engage in otherwise harmless intimate relationships in pursuit of love and happiness.
We know these arguments so well because they are endlessly rehashed to defend the morality of homosexual acts and the push to redefine marriage.
What is interesting is that, unlike homosexuality, infidelity has not been embraced by our culture. According to a Gallup poll91 percent of respondents believed that married men and women having an affair is morally wrong.
According to another studyeven a large proportion of married individuals who cheated believed that their actions were immoral. Apparently, while the stigma associated with other sexual behaviors—like premarital, gay, and lesbian sex—has waned over the past decades, the social taboo against extramarital sex is alive and well.
Clearly, the liberal argument for the morality of adultery has not convinced the majority of Americans. Sympathy and the Harm Principle We can see exactly how cultural bias factors into liberal argumentation by considering the core concepts upon which many of the arguments rely.
Chief among these is the notion of harm. Many contemporary Americans believe that only acts that hurt other people should be the object of moral opprobrium. But as legal scholar Stephen D. Smith explains in The Disenchantment of Secular Discoursefrom a purely secular perspective, harm is a subjective and context-dependent concept.
Without the moorings of a normative doctrine like religion, the liberal secular treatment of harm can vary greatly. The fact that some commentators are questioning whether adultery is harmful is a glaring example of how malleable and culturally dependent the liberal conception of harm truly is.
Why should that be the concern of progressive people? What this means is that a spouse who is cheated on is not really a victim and has no legitimate grievance against the cheater and his lover.
Whoever is foolish enough to take the bonds of matrimony seriously almost deserves to be cheated on.Is Ashley Madison based on an ethical business model?
Students also viewed these questions. How does Noel Biderman, the founder of Ashley Madison, explain and justify the business? Does he fulfill his ethical duties to all those affected by his actions?/5(3).
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Conservative television host committed the act based on moral grounds, what they did was clearly illegal and constitutes theft. Jul 14, · That’s because this paper is based on the Ashley Madison data leak, which exposed the personal data, including names and credit-card details, of millions of registered users.
In my opinion Ashley Madison is somewhat based on an ethical business model. They have turned the business into something that is in the limit of the law.
It also replicates rules like any other business. Ashley Madison and the Problem of Liberal Sexual Ethics September 17, August 24, By Daniel Haqiqatjou Liberal attempts to defend adultery demonstrate the internal inconsistency and shallowness of contemporary sexual ethics.