Democratic Morality Analysis

Rubin defines democratic morality as evaluating sexual behavior “by the way partners treat one another, the level of mutual consideration, the presence or absence of coercion, and the quantity and quality of the pleasure they provide” (Rubin 1984:103). These sexual acts can fall under the category of just about any experience, whether it is with many people or gay or clothed. In addition, American Ideals are defined by Walden as, “equality and respect and opportunity for all people and the belief that people deserve life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue happiness in a way that does not interfere with others’ rights and liberties” (2016). The creation of American Ideology stands with the protection of the rights and freedoms of the people …show more content…
Democratic morality is concerned with issues such as if the sex was consensual or not, or if it was forced upon an individual (Rubin 1984). In this, democratic morality allows for a more open evaluation of sex acts and illustrates certain acts that may be un-fair or un-just to an individual, which embodies definition of American Ideology.
In Dave Justice’s, “I Have a Dream” he defines his vision for American society, and ways to support this type of society that he describes. Justice writes, “I have a dream…that somewhere sexual diversity will be celebrated…all woman and men whether homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual will be equally acknowledged and honored for their differences” (2003:618). This reinforces Rubin’s concept of democratic morality due to the fact that it is open to evaluating a large variety of sexual acts, including homosexual or bisexual. It also displays the equality, respect, and opportunity characteristics of the American Ideals (Walden 2016). By allowing for celebration of sexual diversity, it allows for the equality among the American people, not solely those who fall under the category of hegemonic heterosexuality. Additionally, Justice goes on to say, “I have a dream that somewhere
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It would be a world where people got to make sexual choices based on what they liked and needed, not based on what they had been told they should want or what they thought was available. (1994:152)
In this, Califia suggests a vision that people are able to make their own decisions based on their preferences rather than what the dominant cultural script states. Potentially he is suggesting doing away with the concept of hegemonic scripts all together. In addition, Califia illustrates the latter of the American Ideals – not interfering with others’ rights and liberties (Walden 2016). Due to the fact that he mentions in his vision that it “would not be a world where anything goes,” it still allows for protection of the people in a society (1994:152). Califia’s vision also touches on the idea of consent leading sexual encounters. Lecture discussed the notion that if consent was considered a norm in society, then rape culture could potentially be transformed (Walden 2016). Moreover, Califia proposes that one way to make his vision a reality is to, “study sex,” which was mentioned during this course as a way to improve personal knowledge surrounding sexuality and possibly sharing that knowledge with friends or family or even strangers (1994:153). Studying sex – according to Walden – is an erratic act, which “goes against culture because it is supposed to be ‘natural’” (2016). In this, Califia’s proposal and Walden’s explanation

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