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Love Drugs: Can Ecstasy Save Your Marriage? 0

  The group of ethicists working at Oxford – Brian D. Earp, Anders Sandberg and Julian Savulescu – has attracted considerable media attention for its work on “love drugs”, which is to say drugs that can either bond us more closely to our partners, or make us fall out of love with someone we wish [...]

PornHarmony: Is It Okay for People to Just Want to F*** Themselves? 0

The folks over at SexMD have just released a terrific infographic that lists the top ten most common terms used by people when searching for porn, broken down by country. Being a sex-data geek, I eagerly dug into the results, fully expecting to be shocked by people’s sick, twisted predilections and preparing to launch into [...]

Through the Keyhole: Why It’s Immoral to Expect to Read your Partner’s Texts 0

The new Match.com survey of Singles in America is out.  There are lots of interesting stats. One that jumped out at me was this: 77% of women and 53% of men wouldn’t date someone who insisted on keeping their text messages private. My analysis, as a professional ethicist, is this: Holy crap. Behind this statistic [...]

Why It’s Time to Stop Writing about Bullshit Social Trends 1

The blowjob is dead! Horrible as it is to contemplate, people have entirely abandoned fellatio. So Geoff Dyer of Esquire Magazine informs us. When you do research on sex, you end up reading, in addition to academic studies, a lot of social commentary in popular media and on websites. A lot of this latter is [...]

The Fashion Industry’s Cyborg Beauties: Time for Regulation? 0

Walk into any convenience store and you are instantly met with a wall of magazines featuring celebrities and models, the glossy photos showing off their perfect faces and bodies. The ideal of physical perfection with which we are constantly bombarded is not just hard to achieve; it is in fact impossible. Nobody looks like the [...]

Is it immoral to have a type? 8

I suspect most people have a type, some particular sort of person to whom they find themselves automatically drawn. Put them in a giant room full of eligible people, and they will gravitate towards members of this class over and over. We all know a guy with a thing for Asian women. (Oh yeah, that [...]

The Immaculate Conception 0

This is a blog about sexual ethics and the philosophy of sexuality. I am writing it in conjunction with a course on this topic, which I am teaching in the 2012 winter term  at the University of Manitoba. However, it will deal with issues beyond those taken up in class, and will (hopefully) outlive the [...]