Scruton, before attempting the endeavor himself, says there is no contemporary effort at sexual morality in philosophy. He says, for instance, that objecting to rape, is not really secular sexual morality, because it's just an extension of the morality against brutality.
Is he right? Is there no real endeavor toward secular sexual morality today?
Well, sex is cheap these days; I would say that modern morality surrounding sex falls into either the traditional "Abrahamic" attitudes in the decaying bastions of old societies (Evangelical, Islamic, Indian regions), or the emerging cosmopolitan morality, where the ideal is to transgress all norms.
I think that people in general don't make a very big deal about interpersonal relationships anymore, although I don't know about any intellectuals who think about this
Sure. I mean what is it you always hear? "Anything's ok as long as everyone consents." Well shit, if that's all then why is any sexual crime so bad? If sex is meaningless then forcing someone to have sex is no more meaningful than forcing your kid to eat his brussel sprouts.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.
Rape and child molestation are considered the worst secular crimes. Child rape is the mother of all transgressions today.
Both are said to engender extreme forms of psychological trauma, worse than most forms of physical trauma but analogous with it in terms of how they are referred.
Sexual morality is a spook anyway.
Not even religion has a viable sexual morality, other than claiming that marriage is holy.
Hell, even the theologians of old thought prostitution was a good idea.