Public Affairs Quarterly 22 (3):253-268 (2008)

Stephen Kershnar
Fredonia State University
In this paper, I argue that many violent sexual fantasies are not vicious. In the first part of this article, I sketch out the nature of violent sexual fantasies and note that many people regularly have them. I then argue many violent sexual fantasies are not vicious. My argument strategy is to explore what makes an attitude vicious and then to note that the vice-making feature need not be present in such fantasies and is in fact probably not present in many of them. I then explore some of the implications of this finding for the nature of virtue and pornography policy.
Keywords Sexual Fantasy  Rape  Pornography  Virtue  Vice  BDSM  Soul
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