- Stefan Grosjean
Is our traditional sexual moral and ancient way of birth control?
Genes don't control our sexual behavior by saying to us: “Don't have sex with your siblings or your offspring will be unhealthy” or “don't do it with someone of your own sex or you will have no offspring at all”. Genes talk to us by giving us an emotional reaction like disgust.
Most cultures reinforce these moral intuitions by condemning sexual behaviors that don't result in offspring like homosexuality and masturbation. Unfortunately this creates a lot of secrecy which has proven to be a very fertile ground for huge variety of things we don't want. Rape, child abuse, sexual slavery, uncontrolled prostitution and illegal pornography thrive in the shadow of taboo.
Today we have better technologies for birth control and our moral intuitions can sometimes even be misguided. That's why we need a new sexual moral that prevents sexual abuse and increases psychological well-being.