Sexual Values in Romance
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 2 September 2012, Question 2
I answered a question on sexual values in romance on Philosophy in Action Radio on 2 September 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
How important are a person's particular sexual values in a romantic relationship? The problems in many relationships seem to be due to conflicting sexual values, such as one partner wanting variety while the other opposes an open relationship. So why aren't such sexual values considered at least on par with other important values in a relationship? When faced with sexual problems, why is the assumption that a couple needs to "work on them" – as opposed to thinking that such problems should be resolved before any commitment? In other words, before accepting and establishing a relationship, shouldn't people seek sexual compatibility in the same way they seek emotional compatibility?
My Answer, In Brief: If a person has unusual or strong sexual preferences, then he or she should discuss that with any potential romantic partner. But conflicts based on minor preferences can – and often must – be resolved in the context of the relationship.
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