Homosexuality In The Film Latter Days And In Sexual Perversion By Nagel

1384 words - 6 pages

From the assigned readings and film, I felt that I have gained a better understanding on one of the most controversial types of relationships, homosexuality. The topic of homosexuality isn’t easy to openly talk about but it is important as philosophy students, to have an open-mind about topics that we don’t partake in. Doing so allows us to promote new ways of thinking about the world around us and see them in a whole new light. In this personal response paper, I will discuss homosexuality in connection with the film Latter Days to determine why a homosexual relationship can meet Kant’s criteria for acceptable love as mentioned in Ruse’s essay, “Is Homosexuality Bad Sexuality?”, as well as why it qualifies as a complete and healthy relationship as described by Nagel in “Sexual Perversion.”

Michael Ruse’s essay revolves around the central question if homosexuality is an acceptable form of relationship. In order to help answer this question, Ruse examines this argument from multiple philosophical perspectives, mainly the categorical imperative and utilitarianism. The first ethical framework is Kant’s categorical imperative. According to this theory, a person should not use another for their own benefit or the benefit of others because “people must be treated as subjective worthy beings in their own right” (Ruse, 1995, pg.113). This means that in a relationship, one must not treat the other as a means to the fulfillment of their sexual desires (e.g. as a sexual object). Instead, there must be respect for the dignity of the other. “By giving oneself reciprocally – by yielding oneself, body and soul – one shows respect for the other as an end and not just as a means” (Ruse, 1995, pg. 113). In doing so, according to Kant, there would truly be acceptable love.
Utilitarianism (Bentham & Mills’ ethical theory) on the other hand, is very much opposite to Kant’s categorical imperative. According to the utilitarian approach, one is allowed to inflict harm on another for the sake of happiness or the benefit of others (Ruse, 1995, pg.114). Basically, there are no immoral acts to the utilitarian. Bentham believed that it is acceptable for anyone who wants to indulge – that it produces no harm but pleasure. Thus, homosexuality is not immoral. In the end, having the basic understanding of the different ethical frameworks helped explain the reasons for why these people thought the way they did and how it influenced and shaped their views on topics such as homosexuality but that is not the focus of this paper.
To put things into perspective, I will illustrate how the relationship that develops in the film Latter Days (Cox, 2003) can meet Kant’s criteria for acceptable love. The film revolves around the development of a homosexual relationship between Aaron, a closeted Mormon missionary, and his openly gay neighbor, Christian. After some initial resistance, Aaron slowly but surely begins to grow fond of Christian and discovers his homosexuality in the...

Find Another Essay On Homosexuality in the Film Latter Days and in Sexual Perversion by Nagel

Problems and Solutions in The Internet's Early Days

2115 words - 8 pages “The Net’s beginnings went largely unnoticed by the public. For all its technological brilliance, the Internet of today is far removed from the concepts that propelled initial research. And the Internet’s story- which has become the World Wide Web’s story- has not been so much one of planned development as of individual genius, at least until recently.” (Gilster. 1997). Indeed the Internet is one of the best phenomenons that happened in the

Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military

1335 words - 5 pages of people joining the military, specifically the women, will decrease greatly. I am suggesting that the prosecution of rapists and sexual assaulters should be handled by civilian courts instead of by the military’s own system, like it is currently being handled. This would allow for the attackers to be fairly judged and obtain a formal punishment that they deserve. It is no secret that the military has in the past made up rules as they go

The Exclusion of Homosexuality in the Classroom

3559 words - 14 pages attitudes, specifically those held by parents, teachers, students and policy-makers. These social attitudes directly impact the equity of a schools sexual education program. Further, while social attitudes shape education provision they are also shaped by education. With statistics showing that the more the topic of homosexuality is included in education, the more tolerant individuals become toward the GLBTI community (Stevenson, 1988, 500

Sexual and Bodily Subjects in The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

594 words - 2 pages "The Miller's Tale," a short story by Geoffrey Chaucer, deals frankly with sexual and bodily subjects. Chaucer is never obscene, he allows the reader to use his imagination to determine what some of the events actually mean. The tale is a "fabliau," which is a short story in verse that deals satiracally and humorously about sexual or monetary deception. When Chaucer describes the characters, he creates a unique theme for each person that

Gangs. The asumptions of me, of what is to come in latter years of gang criminalization.

787 words - 3 pages go around hurting and raping people, but later make up for it by trying to do good deeds to the elderly. Now they must not have heard the old saying "No good deed goes unpunished," because no bad deed goes unpunished either.Sure now days gangs like to listen to "futuristic music," yet in this book the gang members have supposedly taken a liking to classical music such as Beethoven. Although while the present day gangs imagine what terror they can

The Punishment of Homosexuality in Germany

1292 words - 5 pages wanted all able men and women to produce and bear offspring, however homosexual males would not take part in the male role of reproduction because of their sexual orientation. As a result, many of Germany’s two million male homosexuals were imprisoned and/or incinerated for their homosexual acts and desires. In order to further cultivate the population of Aryans, the Nazis tried to construct a heterosexual society by creating or revising new laws

Homosexuality in the Works of Oscar Wilde

3166 words - 13 pages . The love of flowers, of children, of the trees, the sun and moon and stars in their courses, call to us from this crying voice, for pardon" (Graham qtd. Kilvert 409). According to Bosie, "he, a youthful innocent was debauched by the worldly-wise, thirty-eight year old playwright" (Stayley 324). However, Wilde mainly blames homosexuality for his suffering, rather than Bosie and his actions by saying, "she (mother) and my father had bequeathed me a

Homosexuality within Cultures in the World

869 words - 3 pages because there are no laws against you. Homosexuality is approved, and 80% within the community accept them. In fact, whoever discriminates you can end up in jail. You are allowed to go to the military, you're allowed to get married, adopt and NO PUNISHMENT! However, you are not allowed to go to church. That's the only restriction there is. Religion is one thing, and law in the country is another.;Now onto the United States. Now, United States is

Around the World in Eighty Days

1215 words - 5 pages In the nineteenth, it seemed impossible to circumnavigate the world in only 80 days. That is, however, exactly what Phileas Fogg did in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. This novel follows the journey of the eccentric Englishman Phileas Fogg as he races around the world on a bet. Accompanied by his faithful servant, Passepartout, and a scheming detective, Fix, he encounters many challenges he must overcome in order to return in

The Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman by Sigmund Freud

1945 words - 8 pages the lady near his place of business at times of the day he was likely to be walking by. Freud seemed to think that the parents unconsciously knew of their daughter's psychological games. Her mother appreciated the new lack of competition, and her father was enraged as if he knew she was doing this out of revenge. While the girl was herself modest and did not partake in sexual activities, her object choice was women who were the complete

Stabilizing the Equilibrium in The Edwardian Novel: Homosexuality, Women, and Marriage in Maurice

3662 words - 15 pages prevalent among young men. Men should be restrained and refrained from such characteristics so they can be labeled men in the masculine world. Such a system in the British society equilibrates femininity to homosexuality as both were thought of as a threat of emasculating the society: that is men’s home. Despite the fact that there were more homosexual men than women before passing the law in 1971, the sexual offenses Act rescinded the

Similar Essays

Malaria And The Problem Of Global Justice By Thomas Nagel

3025 words - 12 pages Topic C – Malaria In “The Problem of Global Justice”, author Thomas Nagel establishes that there are various moral responsibilities nations within the international community have toward one another. He does this by claiming “the duties governing relations among peoples include not only nonaggression and fidelity to treaties, but also some developmental assistance to ‘peoples living under unfavorable conditions that prevent their having a just

Perversion And The Internet Essay

1075 words - 4 pages Perversion and the Internet The Internet. An information super-highway to hate, violence, and child pornography. Sure it was ok when the nudie pictures came out, but teaching children racism and bigotry and exploiting innocent children in a sexual manner is taking things a little too far. Buckle your seatbelts and strap on those eyeglasses; we are about to take a ride on the “Informational Highway”. The First Amendment has been

Homosexuality In The Media Essay

1363 words - 5 pages . [Society's] conceptions of masculinity and femininity, of the "normal" and "natural" attributes and responsibilities of men and women" (Dines and Humez 1995:63) are represented by those who are straight. Gay characters that confess their sexual orientation in drama shows are degrading to homosexuals because they are presented as juxtapositions of what is natural and normal; they are meant to represent the opposite of these concepts.What is the

Subversion And Perversion In Two Gentlemen Of Verona And The Jew Of Malta

1806 words - 7 pages Subversion and perversion are both prominently conveyed in both Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Jew of Malta through numerous mediums. Subversion entails the opposition to societal standards and authority whereas perversion occurs when morality and religious views are contradicted. The use of religiously symbolic objects, mockery, sexual innuendo, hypocrisy and irony are the focal matters used to express perversion and subversion in this essay