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Is it moral to engage in sexual acts like "swinging" (swapping sexual partners) or a menage trois?

asked Oct 26 '10 at 10:34

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David Lewis ♦

Well, the real question is not whether it's moral, but whether it's psychologically healthy. I'd argue that it's not, because it lowers your sexual standards and damages your view of sexuality. There's a good discussion of this in a post on NoodleFood. (The post is about prostitutes, but the general ideas and discussion are applicable to the less extreme cases in question here.)

answered Oct 27 '10 at 02:59

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Ed Loch and Ellen Kenner have a very good discussion of how sex and romance are tightly coupled, and degrading sex through promiscuity, or a purely materialistic view of sex damages the health of a romantic relationship. The lecture is available here: http://www.aynrandbookstore2.com/prodinfo.asp?number=IX01M

(Oct 27 '10 at 07:32) John Hoffman ♦ John%20Hoffman's gravatar image

No. The real question is its morality and is the question we should ask before we take any action whatsoever. Menage a trois's do not necessarily fit under promiscuity. There is a case to be made for monogamic threesomes, that is, a triple that keeps sex within the trio. In the case of a couple together sharing a 3rd party sexually, which is much more common, though the couple may be promiscuous, each member of the couple is not as they have sex mostly with each other. Most of the frowns upon this type of behaviour are due to dishonesty which is not hereto intrinsically implied.

(Apr 19 '11 at 17:02) dreadrocksean dreadrocksean's gravatar image

This is essentially an extension of the argument about the moral status of promiscuity. In this case it is my position that as long as all participants are fully aware of the circumstances and fully consent for reasons connected to their rational self interests, then no ones rights have been violated and everyone is upholding their values. For this reason I see nothing fundamentally wrong with threesome's or promiscuity in general.

answered Oct 26 '10 at 12:13

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THat was not the question though. David asked if it was moral. "..nothing fundamentally wrong.." is not the same as moral.

(Apr 19 '11 at 16:53) dreadrocksean dreadrocksean's gravatar image

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