Time for a new absolute ethic. Enter an Ethic of Consent.
Moral relativism gives no real guidance for how to behave. Or if it did, well, nihilism would be a real thing. But most people don’t really like that. After all, the ending of Lord of the Flies was kind of a bummer.
So, ironically, while nominally clinging to the vestiges of relativism, most young moderns have latched onto a trendy new absolute doctrine by which to order their lives: If all parties agree, then it’s right. If not, it’s wrong. Consent rules supreme.
This ethic is everywhere. The other day, I ran into this poster stapled onto a lamp post near the Princeton University Chapel:
Yep. That’s the modern sexual ethic for you. So long as it’s consensual (and not an immediate threat to your life), it’s good, healthy, and dignified. When a man dressed up as a pink Power Ranger flagellates a black-spandex-clad woman consensually shackled to a bedpost, clearly the health and human dignity of both are thoroughly edified. Yes, this is where the Ethic of Consent can lead.
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