If consent were the only moral criteria for an activity then, keeping the activity the same, a complete consent would always make a better activity than a hesitant, wavering, and uncertain one. But this isn’t so – it’s not taken as a mark of moral progress for someone to go from being hesitant about prostituting themselves to gaining a full acceptance of it.

Again, absence of consent is sometimes exculpatory.

Both these are variants of familiar refutations, and no one would need to make them at all if not for our abject terror at the thought of having to speak about The Good, which leads us to look for all sorts of substitutes for good and evil, like consent, biology, health, etc.


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