First Stan Musial dies, and now this.
Petter Kverneng is an awkward Norwegian teen. He wants to have sex with Cathrine, the love of his young life, and she 1) doesn’t or 2) wants to make him earn the privilege by showing how much he wants her or 3) wants to humiliate him first and then if she has to have sex, well, whatever. The story goes that she told him she would have sex with him if he could score 1,000,000 “likes” on Facebook. A large internet message board decided to either help out Petter or stick it to Cathrine, and now the pimply-faced youth has 1.2 million “likes” on his Facebook page.
Get ready, Cat.
Let us take an ethics inventory, shall we? What is interesting about this stupid story, if indeed it is true, is that many of its turns could be seen as both ethical and unethical.
- First of all: Ick. Just…ick.
- Unethical: Cathrine. If she thinks the kid is a geek, she should tell him. If she wants to have sex with him she should do it (I don’t want to know how old these children are. I hear the age of consent in Norway is about 6.) This is at best manipulative and disrespectful, at worst cruel and deceptive.
- Ethical: Cathrine, if she is trying to give Petter hope while assisting him in his lifelong dream to be an internet celebrity at the cost of her own dignity. (I know: it’s a stretch.)
- Unethical: Petter. He is–perhaps—attempting to make a young woman have sex against her will, by publicizing their deal.
- Ethical: Petter, if is simply taking a contractual agreement in good faith, and attempting to meet its terms the only way possible.
- Unethical: Petter, if he should have known that the young woman simply meant, “No, way. I’d want to have sex with you the day a geek with your pizza face could get a million likes on Facebook,” but was trying to let him down easy.
- Ethical: Petter, if he knew that she wanted to have sex with him but produced the deal to give her cover with her Mean Girl friends, who were sure to give her endless flack about having so uncool a boyfriend.
- Unethical: The message board and its members, which are trying to help force a young woman to have sex with a boy who gives her the heebies.
- Ethical: The message board and its members, if they are trying to be kind to a young, fellow geek, by making his dream come true.
But your Ethics Quiz has nothing to do with any of these, but rather a prospective and hypothetical event. Your question:
If Catherine reneges on her deal now, is she unethical?
Source and Graphic: The Frisky