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If you're not comfortable reading about a three letter word beginning with s, then don't read any further.

So the LJ Idol topic of the week is sexual Ethics, and if you know me, you know I am squirming in my seat and my face is more red than my foot which says something. That said, it's a great timing situation, since we discussed sexual harassment last week and the social work code of ethics this week in some of my social work classes. So I've decided I'm going to share my own personal sexual code of ethics. It's based on my own values and has nothing directly to do with anyone else's.


Respect is vital in the arena of sexuality, respect for yourself, respect for others and respect for God (if that fits your personal beliefs). This means to respect your needs and desires, as well as those of others. In other words, no one should make you feel bad for saying "no, stop that!", and you should respect the rights of others to do the same.


I have the right to understand my own body. In biology of women, I learned so much about my own body and also the body of the male biological sex. I joke that the threat of being kicked in the ovaries is not nearly so scary now that I know where they are, but it's actually sort of true. And I've grown somewhat more comfortable with my needs as a female. I'm aware of birth control options and their pros and cons. I'm aware of ways to manage my menses. And I'm not afraid to ask for help or clarification if I need it. I even know that certain things shouldn't hurt. That['s quite empowering, if you think about it.


I've touched on this before, but choice is a vital part of sexual ethics. This is the ability to choose what is right for me. If I don't want to have children, I don't have to. And if I ever decide I wanted children, I should have that choice.


Finally, there's the ethic of change, the right and responsibility to change if something doesn't fit with my current knowledge.


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Dec. 7th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Great entry!
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, and especially thanks for reading! I hope you stick around.
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, you too!
Dec. 7th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
I really like this! Good job:)
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
Dec. 8th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
i like how you broke everything down, good entry :)
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad breaking it down worked. I wasn't sure if I should do it that way at first, so I'm glad you liked that aspect of it.
Dec. 8th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Good entry.
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and commenting!
Dec. 8th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
wow, straight-forward and simple! (can't help but wonder what our fellow west-coaster dan savage would have to say about this :)
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked this. I'm also glad to hear from you. I'm sorry I've been poor at coresponding. I read, but have less time to comment during the school year.
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure what to expect from the section labeled, "competency," but I really liked the content there when I read on. :)
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked that section. I figured there were multiple ways to describe it, or define it, so I'm glad that it worked for you.
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Nice job! Very clear, and bite-sized to be more readable for people who are trying to read 125 of these. ;-)
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