The moral status of harmless adult-child sex

Public Affairs Quarterly 15 (2):111--132 (2001)
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Nonforcible adult-child sex is thought to be morally wrong in part because it is nonconsensual. In this paper, I argue against this notion. In particular, I reject accounts of the moral wrongfulness of adult-child sex that rest on the absence of consent, concerns about adult exploitation of children, and the existence of a morally primitive duty against such sex.



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Stephen Kershnar
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