Extreme Sex And Sexual Rights      Exploring the Boundaries                  of          Sexual Liberalism        Tommi Pa...
Three kinds of extreme1: Marketing phrase of porn  extreme, kinky, bizarre, bdsm…2: Stretching limits  physical, psycholog...
Fourth kind: The LawFinland   (2004) Production or distribution of violent pornography: • includes physical markings of an...
Ethical assessmentEthical principlesOnly prevention of harm to otherscan justify restricting one’s autonomy               ...
Necrobabes
Halloween (1978)
ConclusionsLaws that criminalize sex practices(or their depictions) are not justified,if they do not have a direct connect...
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Extreme Sex and Sexual Rights - Exploring the Boundaries of Sexual Liberalism

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Best Papers Session, Congress of the European Federation of Sexology, Porto 2010.

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Extreme Sex and Sexual Rights - Exploring the Boundaries of Sexual Liberalism

  1. 1. Extreme Sex And Sexual Rights Exploring the Boundaries of Sexual Liberalism Tommi Paalanen Moral and Social Philosophy University of Helsinki Picture: Qumma Art
  2. 2. Three kinds of extreme1: Marketing phrase of porn extreme, kinky, bizarre, bdsm…2: Stretching limits physical, psychological challenging conventions3: Emotional response personal limits, disgust impression of extremity
  3. 3. Fourth kind: The LawFinland (2004) Production or distribution of violent pornography: • includes physical markings of an assault, ie. whipping or sticking with needles (FBFC)Great Britain (2009) Possession of extreme pornography: • pornographic • grossly offensive, disgusting or obscene • portrays in an explicit and realistic way acts that are life threatening or can result in serious injury
  4. 4. Ethical assessmentEthical principlesOnly prevention of harm to otherscan justify restricting one’s autonomy (J.S.Mill)MisconceptionExtreme porn laws target works of fiction Actual sexual violence is already criminalized Confusion between personal revulsion and moral acceptance No harm present
  5. 5. Necrobabes
  6. 6. Halloween (1978)
  7. 7. ConclusionsLaws that criminalize sex practices(or their depictions) are not justified,if they do not have a direct connectionto prevention of harm. In liberal democratic countries the purpose of law is not to shape citizens’ sexual preferences Policies and laws based on revulsion or impressions violate sexual rights of people with atypical sexual desires

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