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Put another way

Let's say I've got a friend (I do!) and this particular friend wants to have sex with a mentally unstable (but not dangerous) woman in a committed relationship. He persuades her to do so, and she betrays her boyfriend to have sex with this friend. This friend has no intention of an ongoing relationship with the woman - he just wants sex, and tells her so all along.

Obviously she's morally (or ethically, if you prefer) culpable for betraying a trust. Is the friend who had sex with her morally or ethically culpable for a wrong act, and if so - what?

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seanmoon
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think that knowingly participating in an unethical act is unethical. Her action, betraying a trust, is unethical. His action, helping her betray a trust, makes him an unethical accomplice. The fact that he's not lying to her about the relationships prospects doesn't make him any less of a scumbag. Being open about your flaws doesn't make them less flaw-y.

That's without getting into the whole thing about taking advantage of someone who's mentally unstable.

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