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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Consent

The Psychology of Human Sexuality

Justin J. Lehmiller

2013

2019-01-27

"It is usually argued that because animals cannot consent, it is an act of cruelty to have sex with them."

"Necrophilia is considered an extremely deviant behavior because of its nonconsensual nature..." - Justin J. Lehmiller, The Psychology of Human Sexuality (2013)

Do you need consent from a sex toy? I suppose no. So you draw a line somewhere on the chain of being. Above that requires consent. Only mentally healthy (able bodied?) sober adult human peers can give consent, so between those two marks is the no-go zone. I do see some inconsistencies with the system: do pigs consent to becoming bacon? Or if you want to talk sex, what about AI? But I guess this is the up-to-date ethical understanding, and you can usually expect ethics to give a pass to tradition.