Single Idea 20887

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / B. Moral Rights / 2. Sexual Morality]

Full Idea

In a rape a person is used without proper regard for her personhood - but this is true of every kind of assault.

Gist of Idea

A rape disregards the status of being a person - but so does all assault

Source

Pamela Foa (What's Wrong with Rape? [1977], 1)

Book Reference

'Ethics in Practice (2nd Ed)', ed/tr. LaFollette,Hugh [Blackwell 2002], p.213


A Reaction

This is a good step towards her attempt to pin down what is specifically wrong with rape, which strikes me as an extremely important question, and not merely in order to justify punishments.