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KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS
Sexuality
Public
Private
Marriage
Gay Marriage
Group Marriage
Premarital Sex
Monogamy
Polygamy
Homosexuality
Adultery
Masturbation
Pornography
Prostitution
Perversion
Bestiality
Unnatural
Nature
Natural law
Rights
Freedom
ESSAY QUESTIONS
1. Examine the arguments for and against sexual freedom. State your view and carefully justify
it making reference to the distinction between private and public.
2. Is gay marriage morally acceptable? Why or why not? What moral principles underlie your
view?
3. “Pornography is an acceptable practice because it brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.”
What kind of argument is this? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
4. “Prostitution exploits women and children, supports the drug trade, spreads sexual disease
and breaks up families”- Discuss.
5. Examine the role and function of the concept of “nature” in the morality of sexuality.
TRUE/FALSE
1. The two major aspects of sexuality are public and private.
2. The main argument for sexual freedom is that it feels good.
3. Those opposed to premarital sex say that it encourages promiscuity and the spread of sexual
diseases.
4. The main argument against adultery is that it is a violation of traditional family values.
5. Condoning homosexuality is also condoning child abuse.
6. The ancient Hebrews depicted in the Bible practiced polygamy.
7. If you masturbate you will go to Hell.
8. The main argument for the acceptance of pornography is individual sexual freedom and the
fact that no proof exists that it degrades people.
9. The main argument for prostitution is that sex can be enjoyed solely for pleasure.
10. It is far more immoral to kill an animal without its consent and eat it than have sex with it
without its consent and let it live.
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