Morality (dictionary)

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¹ Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness." [1]

Cultural dependence of morality

Morality, in general, is very highly culturally dependent. What may be thought of as being "moral" behavior in one culture or society may be considered to be highly immoral in another culture or society. Even within one culture, sub-cultures may subscribe to a different moral code--for example, the moral codes of Blacks and Hispanics in the US, especially regarding sexuality, tend to differ (sometimes to a large degree) from the commonly accepted White middle-class morality.

Sexual mores

Sexual mores tend to be very highly culturally dependent, though the morality found in the axis of evil countries tend to share a similar set of moral values, which is due to similarities in religions backgrounds.

The Western world (which includes the axis of evil countries) has usually viewed any kind of non-procreative, non-heterosexual sexual activity as being "immoral".

Changes in morality over time

Morality changes over time, and the changes can sometimes be relatively abrupt, for example the framing and demonization of BoyLovers as being evil in the axis of evil countries has occurred in only the past few generations, especially as the demonization of homosexuality is no longer tolerated to the extent that it was in the past.

The "immorality" of BoyLove and BoyLovers

In Western countries, up until fairly recently, BoyLove was considered to be somewhat immoral behavior, but it was tolerated and not generally very strongly condemned: laws against BoyLovers (for example, those relating to child molestation and engaging in sexual activity with adolescents were either rarely or very poorly enforced. BoyLove was, rather, viewed as being something slightly humorous, as is reflected in the epithet, "Oh, Father O'Connor? Everybody knows that he "likes the boys"..." and in the early Chester the Molester cartoons in Playboy magazine.

This changed rapidly in the 70s and 80s with the advent of radical feminism, which demonized BoyLovers with the same broad brush they used to also demonize "patriarchy" and rape.

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See also

External links
  • The Age of Consent-​ Young People,​ Sexuality,​ and Citizenship by Matthew Waites