Consent and mutuality in sex education

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    Abstract

    Sharon Lamb, Sam Gable and Doret de Ruyter have recently argued that sex education in schools should promote a more demanding standard for morally permissible sex than consent. On their view, pupils should be taught that morally permissible sex is not only consensual but also mutual, where mutuality requires participants in sex to ‘try to know what is knowable’ about each other. I argue here that, while Lamb et al. are right about the insufficiency of consent, the case for mutuality as a standard of moral permissibility cannot be sustained. Mutuality fares better as a standard of moral desirability, but even in this weaker form it is too controversial to promote in schools.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 May 2022

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