Bodily Integrality

Bodily Integrality

Bodily Integrality is extremely important because it is an issue that comes up in our everyday lives. The way we put yourself out to society can be both acceptable and comfortable for yourself, but someone else may be offended by it. This happens because there is such a wide range of opinion on bodily integrality. This is why I believe it is important to take a closer look at this topic and analyze it, especially since these there are laws in our country regarding these issues. These laws can have serious aftereffects for example, not allowing abortion can lead to illegal abortions where you have fetes and mothers dying. Considering how diverse Body Integrality is from different occupations to different species it is difficult to blanket the entire topic with one clear solution. The oppositional claims would have a lot of emotional claim that would not have any real substance.Everyone has their own moral standard, and once they get emotional they don’t listen to reasoning and push their own beliefs onto the next person. They also will try to give a different definition to a different situation which will put holes in their reasoning. To have a common ground on this topic I believe if you are in whole body and soul and able to make a conscience decision for yourself you should be able to make a decision for yourself if it affects only youself. Once it affects someone else or something else you should not be able to have so much control that you alter him/her/its life so much that you can not be undone the action. Body Integrity can be an emotional topic that need to be looked at objectively that is why I will assert we need to accept sex work, we must accept the porn industry, not support abortion and support animal rights.
After explaining how important Bodily Integrity is we must accept sex work. Sex work tends to be a taboo topic because many people believe it is morally wrong. I believe it is fine to do sex work if you are safe about it and if you are in whole body and soul able to make a conscience decision to do this line of work. This can be a gray area because the person may feel they are forced given their situation but in reality they do have alternatives. If someone in particular is forcing you to do it by threatening your life it is no longer acceptable. As long as it is two consisting adults sex work should be accepted. Both adults understand the terms beforehand, it can be seen as a legal contract. Usually this sex work is done behind closed doors that most people may not even know the details which is exactly why it should be accepted. They are exchanging goods or a service for something in return. It can be seen in the same manner of paying a mechanic to service your car when the check engine light comes on. You have a problem that you can handle yourself but prefer to have a professional handle. When it comes to this topic Lars O. Erricsson shares my same belief of (Erricsson, Lars O) it becoming an irrational discussion once someone see’s it immoral. This is because sex is an exclusive action many will argue can be shared only with someone they love. Once you want to compare it to any other service people then become offended. Once someone has a certain belief for something like a religious background belief it is impossible to change their mind. It would be like trying to say their religious is wrong or change their religion as a whole. Some may say sex work is immoral because it is putting a price on your body when a body does not have price and should be respected. If someone wants to put a price on their body and someone is willing to pay that price then let then let them. An understandable argument is when someone brings up how dangerous and unsafe sex work can be. If we monitor it and have more regulations these issues can be eliminated. In the documentary Whores’ Glory one of the men in that area was interviewed saying if they did not have the brothel district normal women would not be able to go go outside with ut being molested, and if women did not go outside men would rape cows and goats (Whore’s Glory). Sex work and porn can be put into the same category of bodily integrity because they both involve some type of sex work which they exchange actions for monetary value.
Building on the same principle of sex work we must also support the porn industry. This issues relates to Bodily Integrity because porn workers expose their body on film and photography which is then distributed to others. Porn can be seen to be completely different from sex work because it not only involves the actors in the film or photo but also the viewer. This claim of having a negative impact on the viewer is an argument with no reason behind. I say this because especially in the United States there are many requirements to adult content. From something as simple as sex in a film in the theaters, it is rated by it’s content and then there are requirement to see this content. The same thing can be seen if you try to purchase adult content magazines or film. The cashier by law needs to see your government issued identification card to confirm you are of legal age to view such content. The only gray area is the internet. Before entering an adult content website you must check if you are eighteen years or older. You see the effort but with today’s technology there is no way to confirm the the individual is or is not of legal age. I believe the government in the future will find the technology and implement it as soon as possible. Most of the time when people argue about the porn industry they focus on the women involved. Wendy McElroy wrote a great article in Free Inquiry Magazine regarding all the different positions but focus only on women. We must look into the men involved also because man or women they should be seen at the same level (McElroy, Wendy). What I always found industry is how so many people are against the porn industry while others idolise the actos. They refer to some actors and “porn stars”. From everyday people to celebrities themselves like Tiger Woods have this obsession over “porn stars” (Why Do Guys Chase Porn Stars?). As sex work and porn involved two humans the issues of abortion does also but must be analysed in a different manner.
When it comes to Bodily Integrity we should not support abortion. Abortion has always been a hot topic for everyone. We have been voting on it for years and still are unable to come to a clear conclusion on what we want to be done by it. The reason we should support sex work and porn but not abortion is because the two or more parties involved no longer meet the requirement we presented. Sex work and porn includes two consenting adults while abortion does not. The mother may or may not be of whole soul body and mind because they are faced with a decision on a time sensitive issues. The mother may also may not be of legal age which will bring up the issue of being able to make a decision for herself. This leads to the fetus which has absolutely no input in the manner. If the mother does decide to go through with an abortion the cancels all potential of the fetus and the action has to reversible action. Once it is done it is done. Judith J. Thomas give a good argument of if you wake up hooked up to a violinist because they need your help to live. You then must think if you could save his life by remaining hooked up for 5 minutes he can live would you do it or what if it took 5 years would you still do it? I believe this has some relation to abortion but does not. If you are pregnant that means you did something which lead to that. There is no action that can make you prone to being hooked up to a dying person. Also you must put into consideration you don’t have to remain hooked up to this dying person when you are pregnant although limited you are still able to live your life as regular. Finally when pregnant you know you will be pregnant for about 9 months there is no wondering how long you must sacrifice to help this other person. There are alternatives to abortion. If the mother can not financially support a child or is unprepared they can carry out the pregnancy and put it up for adoption later on (There Are Alternatives to Abortion!). As seen in abortion animal rights involve a consenting adult and a nonconsenting living thing.
Animal rights is a tricky issue because it involves two different species. Although it does not involve two humans we need to still support animal rights. The gray area of animal rights is the fact that most of the population does indeed eat animals. I believe we should not neglect or beat animals or kill for any reason. The exception to this is when we do eat animal for nutrition. We have made a business of killing animals for food. This said we have predetermined animals we accept to eat. For example, we can not go kill an endangered species for food. There are animals that are raised for the sole purpose of killing for food. This is accepted because that is their role. This may sound cruel but we have always have a give take relationship. Especially here in the United States we do things to make our lives easier. We invented things like a remote control so we don’t have to get up and walk to the television screen to change the channel, or a vehicle to get us from point A to point B. It is possible to have a healthy diet without eating meat. Meat is a great meat source which is easier than eating a bunch of plant based or egg foods (Lack of Nutrition From Meat for Vegetarians.). Considering the reason it is acceptable to kill animals for food, Alastair Norcross argument no longer makes sense. The argument is trying to justify someone who really likes the taste of chocolate but are unable to taste it without killing a puppy. Other than the fact that this example is unrealistic he has no real reason to kill the puppy other than selfish reasons. There is no nutrition in chocolate and just something he likes. When eating an animal for nutrition it benefits millions (Norcross, Alastair). This can be better seen in a situation where a family is self sufficient and live off of their land. They raise their own animals and eat them to give them nutrition and energy to go through their day to day life.
Body Integrity is an obligation we all have to each other that is why we MUST accept sex work, we MUST accept the porn industry, NOT SUPPORT abortion and SUPPORT animal rights. Bodily Integrity is an important topic we all must evaluate. A good rule of thumb is to consider it is acceptable if it includes a consenting adult of soul body and mind to make the decision that only involves him or herself. Once that action is imposed on someone or something else and is irreversible it is no longer acceptable. We all have our own opinions and it is important to remember to respect other’s opinions. I believe in the future if we all evaluate this topic it would be easier to regard laws. For example how there are age requirements for adult content. As time goes on we can evaluate how things are being handle and if there is a better way to handle it. This said although we should not support abortion there are certain situations it should be accepted for example without the consent of both parents. For example in the situation of a women being raped. Because these situations are hard to prove given our limited technology I believe abortion should be passed as a law until we can better evaluate it.

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21 thoughts on “Bodily Integrality

  1. You have made some excellent points. We picked similar topics, and it was interesting to see a different point of view. However, one thing caught my attention. In the paragraph where you mentioned that abortion should not be supported because both parties (mother and fetus) are unable to make an agreement. Reason being, the mother to be cannot yet communicate with the “baby.” What caught my attention was that you mention that the mother did “something which lead to that.” Did you mean that she agreed to have sexual relationship with a man, which could have lead to her getting pregnant? Would it be different if she had been raped? In that case, she had no control over that situation.

    • {anayelip}Yes I believe considering the women had sexual relations to lead to her pregnancy she must be responsible for the consequences. For example, if you are running late to work you may be tempted to speed. You know if you speed you may possibly get a ticket so you keep looking in your mirrors. Although chances are you will not get caught you are conscience there is a chance even if you are on the lookout. If a cop was to stop you you would not ignore the ticket because it is a burden on you you would take care of it because you are obligated to do so. As far as a women being rape I beleive this completly changes the situation. I appoligize for just noticing my conclusion paragraph got mixed into my animal rights paragraph. Because it combined it might be diffcult to difigirate the two. In my conclusion paragraph I did touch on the subjuct of a women who is raped. In my opinion it chages the situation completely. I mentioned a women should be able to have an anortion in that situation but considering our technoglogy and law we should make abortion legal until we are able to fix our system.

      • How do we , or better yet should we draw the line between an acceptable case for abortion ? If not are we all ready accept abortion as simply another method of birth control ? The topic raises many questions to me that I personally won’t need to make a final decision about since I wasn’t born with a uterus.(no pun intended) As a man the best I can do is give my opinion and be supportive regardless of the fact that the child might be my own. Id like to make clear that here I am referring to the legal power of a father in deciding abortion.. we have none.

  2. Abortion is always a heavy subject, because in most situations the woman put herself in the situation. It would be nice to say that if you got pregnant you should take responsibility for your actions, however, the truth is most of these women were incapable of being responsible while having sex, they most likely would not be responsible raising the child. Having a child takes a lot of responsibility and resources both financial and emotional, and if a child cannot be provided for then it would be in the best interest of society for abortions to exist.

    • {melisasponholz} I do agree abortion is a heavy subject it was difficult to get my ideas together in a complte thought with out contraditing myself. Yes it would be nice to have women take responsibility but just because most don’t does not mean we should not hold them to that standered. If we have more programs and classes on safe sex and the consequences we might have less “unwanted pregnancies”. I took one health class as a senior in high school. I was 18 years old and even then we spent about a week on sex. In my opinion that is too late. Especially with how young girls are having babies now a days. There are many underage girls having babies that they are even shows based on their lives. I want to know why nobody is calling the cops or child services on them. As far as a need to have abortion for society I believe there are families that want a baby but unable to. They are able to provied for a child and can adopt it.

      • This is very true, there are a lot of families that are incapable of have a child of their own and would like to adopt. However, a woman does not have an obligation to the fetus her only obligation is to herself. She could allow the fetus to use her body out of kindness, but it is still her body and she has the right to abort the baby if she chooses. Just because the fetus cannot fend for itself doesnt mean we have the obligation to care for it.

    • Since the mother is irresponsible, to irresponsible to raise a child we decide to look for alternatives in this case it helps rationalize or strengthen a case for abortion. Why is seeing adoption as a feasible alternative to abortion so out of the question? The idea that it’s a nine month sacrifice for the woman to do so is usually the argument given against this idea, but shouldn’t mistakes have consequences? And if not how far are we from accepting abortion as simply another birth control method? By allowing a women who makes a mistake to simply go ahead with a abortion is an idea that may have negative consequences.

      • I see your point, however there are so many unwanted children already in this world if abortion became illegal then our already over populated society would be flooded with children more unwanted children. Also, if a woman really doesn’t want to be a mother the number back alley abortion would increase. Put both mother and child at risk. There are so many social situations where a woman even if she wanted to carry the baby would be able to. Such as abusive husbands or parents, illness, or an unsupported family.

  3. Abortion is such a hard topic. Yes the woman might have put herself in that situation and should have been safer, but you can’t punish her if she isn’t ready to take care of the baby. A lot of these women don’t have birth control and are having sex a young age. If the baby is going to be born into a horrible environment because the parents can’t take care of it, then that baby probably shouldn’t be born. Also if a girl is raped then she should not have to live knowing that her child was only conceived because she was raped. If the baby is not going to have a great, caring life then abortion should exist for society.

    • It is true girls are having sex at a young age but that does not excuse the fact. With shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom they idolize being a teen mom. When having sex with an underage girls is illegal. I would like to know how MTV can show such a show and nobody call the cops or child protective services on them. As you mentioned many girls do not have birth control but it is accessible to them. In doctors offices, schools, and specialty clinics like planned parenthood the information and birth control is available at no cost. I agree with the rape victim and did mention earlier how in a rape situation the circumstances are extremely different. Considering our technology and no clear way to prove I do believe they should be legal until there is a clear way to evaluate every situation. Also how would you rate a great caring life? I have meet people who are poor and happy and I have meet rich people who hate their lives.

  4. {melisasponhol} Does the women only have an obligation to herself? Does she not have an obligation to society to be a productive member? If you believe she has a right to have abortions do you believe there should be a limit to this right? I found an article on ABC news on Irene Vilar who describes herself as an “abortion addict” she even wrote a book on the topic. She had 15 abortions in 16 years. Most of them were done while she was married. What about the women who have babies every year to get more government aid? Do those children not have a right to a proper life because their mothers are benefiting off of their existence?

  5. Your title made me think of the fact that our lives are not just our own. As a social animal our lives are all interwoven we affect each other in way we might not even realize. With this in mind I think it might be worth considering whether at least the immediate family members or friends should be involved in deciding whether euthanasia is the best choice for all involved. I don’t believed they should be the sole or dominating factor in the decision but their word should none the less be considered since they will be the ones left to deal with the absence of a loved one.

    • {ricardoperez2} Answering both of your comments I do not feel as if abortion should be used as birth control. As I mentioned in another comment there is a woman who has had 15 abortions in a 16 year span. I believe there should be a limit on how many abortions a woman can have. You mention men do not have a any legal power in deciding an abortion which is true but do you believe they should? If the woman wants an abortion because she can financially or mentally support the child but the father can and wants to have it should he be able to have that option?
      When it comes to euthanasia having loved ones involved may be interesting. You would then have to put into consideration if it would be unofficial like just letting them know or formal like a recomendation letter. Also you must consider those individuals that do not have loved ones.

  6. Good post. It was really interesting to read your opinions on these topics especially because a few of them differed from mine. What are your thoughts on a woman being impregnated by her rapist? You stated in your blog that “if you are pregnant, you did something that lead to that”, but that is not always the case. Some women are raped and become pregnant and in these cases the pregnancy was completely out of their control. The woman’s bodily rights were violated so does this mean that she has an obligation to another life even though it is not a product of a choice she made?

    • I did mention in my last paragraph there are certain situations which they should be allowed to have an abortion like in the situation a woman is raped. I included that topic in the last paragraph because it is a different circumstance and because of our technology to evaluate the situation is limited they should be legal until then. I mention this in response to other peoples comments.

  7. I agree with you about forty percent on your topic of bodily integrity, because I did my post on such a topic and our view are somewhat similar yet somewhat different in thought. I too believe that people have the right to do as they see fit with their own bodies and should not have to answer for it. I feel that most of the times others are so quick to criticize or judge when in reality they wish for the same liberty. Each and every person wishes to make decisions or have the option to choose for themselves how their life will turn out. Why should how your body functions or works be any person’s soul concern? The more we allow for others to make decisions for us the less we receive as an individual.

  8. I can understand what you mean when you say that working in the sex industry is okay if it is your own conscious decision but I feel that what wasn’t really examined was the amount of people that are brought into that world against their will especially in prostitution. Is it still an ethical business if the people are forced to be in that line of work? Is the whole industry to blame or only the people that engage in and perpetuate the sex slavery industry? And how can the two be distinguished from one another? I liked the comparison to other occupations in the service industry.

  9. I really liked the last part of your introduction paragraph were you began to go into your thesis statement. I fully agree with you in the fact that peoples bodily decisions are there decisions and theres only unless it may have some harm on another person. Grown ups that make the decision to go into the industry obviously know the risks of the job and what they will be asked to do. So they must be comfortable enough to have this as their job and they must enjoy some part of it or why would they be doing it. Whether they enjoy it is actually besides the point. You can choose to do something you love or choose to do something you hate but in the end its YOUR decision. I fully support people if they want to be porn stars, it does not affect me or the way i live so its fine with me, and it should be fine to everybody else. Its something done in private and you have a chose whether you want to see pornography or not so why let something that doesn’t involve you or affect your life bother you? It seems absurd and energy consuming.

    • I enjoyed your piece on bodily integrality but I had a hard time understanding your definition of a person with sound mind, body, and soul. Although I am still unclear of what this may mean, I agree that our choices and our decisions shape our own lives and our future. If viewing sex is our own choice then any age can and will find access to it. I don’t believe that sex in advertisement and in general is a conductive place to raise children and show them what is right and wrong. Conversations between parent and child could definitely buffer the realisms of sex in the world and when the child is ready, in “sound body and mind”, then the integration of sexual acts can be a smooth one.

  10. I agree that it is hard to make a blanket agree or disagree on these topics. At the core I believe your body is your possession and yours alone and no one should be able to tell you what to do with it… but then what if what you’re doing with your body is causing harm to another individual or to society as a whole? I do differ with you on the point of abortion. That decision is so personal I don’t believe it should be decided by a government or society but should be left up to the people involved in the life that is to come. And to that end there should be safety and support in the decision making and the follow through.

    • Mia, it is interesting to see that you contemplate whether something should or shouldn’t be based upon whether it would be harmful to another individual or to society as a whole since you are completely against censorship in any aspect of its application. My suggestion is that violence and sexism in ads can be harmful to society as a whole and to individuals. What do you think makes you adopt fluidity when it comes to this pertinent theory of “what if it causes harm to society or individuals?” Any which way, I think we will agree that these issues are so complex that throwing a black and white blanket over any of them would be a mistake.

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