Personal Response on Sexual Identity

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Personal Response on Sexual Identity Name Axia College of the University of Phoenix Personal Response on Sexual Identity After many years of development through experience and contemplation, my personal value system, and critical thinking toward sexuality has mostly been unaffected through this course. I still believe the value system of “legalism” (Rathus, Nevid & Fichner-Rathus, 2005, p. 5) is generally based on moralities resembling those of my religious beliefs, and are just. I often employ “situational ethics” (Rathus, et al., 2005, p. 5), forgoing my personal beliefs when an alternative choice is for the betterment of others, or future outcomes. This is no truer than when using “ethical relativism” (Rathus, et al., 2005, p. 5), to understand that our society is made of many cultures, and religions, with differing beliefs about what is acceptable, or unacceptable regarding sexuality. I attempt to follow a value rule that is based on “utilitarianism” (Rathus, et al., 2005, p. 6), in which my values reflect concern for the greater good of society’s majority, rather than my own. As with my value system, my critical thinking skills in making decisions about sex have long been set. I remain skeptical of the beliefs and biases of others, preferring to come to my own conclusions concerning sex and what I find sexually stimulating. However, I fervently condemn many behaviors as immoral, such as rape, unethical as in the case of adultery, or against nature as with practicing bestiality. Other sexual behaviors, whether I agree with them, or not, such as sodomy, sexual preference, and any other sexual choices that does not harm another, are not mine to judge. I do not simplify, generalize, or draw conclusions from written, or verbal beliefs of others; preferring to consider varying interpretations of my own and others before making a sexual decision that

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