The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?
I’ll be speaking on this very subject at Stanford on Monday, May 10, at 7pm. Building 420 (Psychology) Room 041, Stanford Main Quad. I’ll be speaking for an hour, with plenty of time for a question and answer session after — so come with good questions!
The event is sponsored by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford, and is part of my ongoing gig on the speakers’ bureau of the Secular Student Alliance. (Who are awesome, by the way, and you should become a fan of them on Facebook.) If you’re in the Bay Area, come by and say howdy!