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Morality Sex Reproduction Must Sex Involve Commitment The following essay will attempt to compare the similarities and contrast the differences in the Vicent C Punzo and Alan H Goldmans papers dealing with whether or not sex must involve commitment then explain which author I think is correct and why In my readings of both the Punzo and Goldman papers I think its fair to say that both men can agree on the fact that sex within a loving committed relationship can serve to further deepen the love and strengthen the relationship However Punzo who states The total physical intimacy of sexual intercourse will be an expression of total union with the other self on all levels of their beings believes that sex is so sacred that it shouldnt be engaged outside of a committed relationship While Goldman on the other hand believes that sex is merely an act not that different from any other social interaction between humans It is on this basis that he comes to the conclusion that it does not require a commitment and sex can be engaged in simply for the pleasure that one can derive from it He further explains that so long as the sex is between two consenting adults and both parties are willing participants and no manipulation is involved then no existing moral codes are being violated which proves that sex is possible outside of a commitment Punzo believes that when two people engage in sexual intercourse they are bringing themselves together in as intimate and total a physical union as is possible and therefore sex must be conducted within a committed relationship He believes that it is impossible to merge on this close a physical level and not also merge on a psychological or mental level Goldman says that sex has been misrepresented in philosophical writings and criticizes the predominant form of analysis which he terms as means-end analysis Goldman believes that the central
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