Mark Migotti and Nicole Wyatt: Are We Doing he Philosophy of Sex Right Now?

1. What makes a desire a sexual desire?
2. What makes an act a sexual act?
3. What makes an encounter a case of having sex?

Nagel: interpersonal activity (shared agency) essential, therefore masturbation is not sex. There has to be a gradient between “fooling around” and penile-vaginal penetration. Many respondents in a 1999 survey did not identify oral or anal sex as sex.

Lots of discussion re whether or not masturbation, sexual asault, bestiality, voyeurism, and exhibitionism count as sex.


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