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'Progressief seksueel pessimisme': progressieve onvrede met de seksuele revoluties en het belang van instemming voor een seksuele ethiek

Tom Claes (UGent)
(2010) ETHIEK & MAATSCHAPPIJ. 13(1). p.39-67
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Lamenting the ‘state of contemporary sex’ seems to be a thriving academic business, and is, not surprisingly, probably just as booming as sex as a commercial business is blooming. These critiques come in many flavours, and are inspired by a range of different backgrounds and worries. Some feminists and some progressive intellectuals join the chorus, thereby echoing parts of the more conservative critiques, albeit on different grounds, from different backgrounds and defending different ideals. I label their position as ‘progressive sexual pessimism.’ Progressive, because they all share a broadly emancipatory outlook on sexuality, thus distinguishing their views from contemporary conservative critiques of (post)modern sexuality; and pessimistic because on the whole they take a rather dim view of the possibility of the realization of a healthy and emancipatory sexuality under the conditions of (post)modernity. One of the critiques is that a ‘morality of negotiations,’ based on the notion of (valid) consent, is in itself unable to provide any directions for a meaningful sexuality. They defend the view that such a morality of negotiation empties the sexual domain of any (inherent) values, thereby rendering it vulnerable to commercialisation, commodification, pornofication, etc, or that such a ‘morality of consent’ is blind to the actual power-relations within society. In this contribution I attempt to place these viewpoints within the wider perspective of the sexual revolutions and briefly develop one line of defence of a sexual morality of negotiations, based on the multiplicity of sexual meanings.
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Consent, Sexuality, Ethics

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Claes, Tom. 2010. “‘Progressief Seksueel Pessimisme’: Progressieve Onvrede Met De Seksuele Revoluties En Het Belang Van Instemming Voor Een Seksuele Ethiek.” Ethiek & Maatschappij 13 (1): 39–67.
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Claes, Tom. (2010). “Progressief seksueel pessimisme”: progressieve onvrede met de seksuele revoluties en het belang van instemming voor een seksuele ethiek. ETHIEK & MAATSCHAPPIJ, 13(1), 39–67.
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Claes T. “Progressief seksueel pessimisme”: progressieve onvrede met de seksuele revoluties en het belang van instemming voor een seksuele ethiek. ETHIEK & MAATSCHAPPIJ. 2010;13(1):39–67.
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Claes, Tom. “‘Progressief Seksueel Pessimisme’: Progressieve Onvrede Met De Seksuele Revoluties En Het Belang Van Instemming Voor Een Seksuele Ethiek.” ETHIEK & MAATSCHAPPIJ 13.1 (2010): 39–67. Print.
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