DeltaAro Posted July 2, 2017 Share Posted July 2, 2017 I think we all agree that deception (including non-disclosure of anything significant) to increase your chances of sex is unethical, always, except for a few white lies to be polite. So, recently thanks to the British tabloid press this bizarre case of Gayle Newland came to my attention. The amount of deception she managed to pull of is astonishing... She tricked her girlfriend into thinking she was a man and penetrated her with a strap-on dildo. I don't know how this could work, but well... And the British legal system has now finally decided in her retrial that this wasn't just unethical behavior, but criminal. I guess this stuff is just decided on an inconsistent ad-hoc basis. Does Gayle Newland deserve to be sentenced to probably some significant prison time – the original sentence was eight years? I think that some deception could indeed be sanely classified as criminal behavior. But a lot of bad manipulative behavior like pretending to be interested in a romantic relationship ... how can this seriously be something where criminal law is involved? So what do you think about deception in the context of sex? When should it be criminal? And while in a perfect world, we would all just be totally honest, how much condemnation does somebody deserve who isn't? For example, pretending not to be a virgin, lying about your country of origin, your sexual orientation etc. is not the same as lying about your HIV status (though that's even legal in many countries, I think that it is highly unethical). In some of the lesser cases it seems more like dodging prejudices, though there's still a not so noble motive behind it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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