The debate over the calls for censorship of pornography

Other sexually explicit representations depict acts of violent coercion: In a social environment in which this expectation is prevalent, women may not be able to successfully communicate the idea of refusal to others: It might be that all and only sexually explicit material is bad in a certain way e.

Censorship is irrational

So long as there is pornography, MacKinnon thinks, women will remain subordinate and silenced. Linda wants to know — do you want to be able to see hardcore pornography?

Emotions run high and scientific rigour falls aside where it comes to studies of the effect of pornography, the use of these studies in mass media and in academic debates. But there was no one place where it was being gathered together," says Attwood.

The trial will be opt-in, with ISPs asking for volunteers, although all WebShield customers already receive a filtered service. The antipornography fight gained its greatest momentum in with the appearance of "snuff" films in the U. Recent liberal dissent Although traditional defenders of a right to pornography have been liberals, it is important to note that not all contemporary liberals defend such a right.

Consumption of pornography may, on its own, be neither necessary nor sufficient for violent sexual crime or for sexist attitudes and behaviour more generally ; yet it might still be a cause of violent sexual crime and these other harms, if it increases the incidence of them.

There is some argument about whether the proposed legislation would have amounted to censorship, strictly speaking, since it did not seek to place a prior ban on the publication of pornographic materials. He stated that the filter would only be used to remove "refused classification" RC content, using the same rationale as existing television, radio and print publications, and that the Senate could be relied upon to provide rigorous assessment of any proposed legislation.

The net result can only be to strengthen the right wing, with its anti-feminist agenda. It reflects not only the increasing privatization and fragmentation of our culture, but also our ambivalence about sexuality.

In the last 25 years, however, some have argued its popularity "bespeaks the existence of widespread covert pedophilia in Victorian society. It also ignores the quite varied reasons people have for watching such material. It means remaining the victim, forever annihilating all self-respect.

The pornography industry may take unfair advantage of underprivileged women, preying on their psychic and economic vulnerability, to reap enormous profits at their expense. It is generally thought to follow that child pornography, which is taken to involve the actual sexual abuse or exploitation of children with or without their apparent consentcan legitimately be banned in order to protect the interests of children, who are not yet competent to fully understand the nature of the choice they are making or to grasp the impact of their decisions on their present and future interests.

The worldwide-web is a myriad of software documents containing pointers to each other, hosted on server computers around the world.

How about obscene and tasteless material? The day after meeting Attwood and Smith, there is a story in the Mail about "rape porn". And they do not mean we are prone to violence in real life.

This is not to say that liberal defenders of pornography necessarily approve of it. It is well documented that some women have fantasies about being raped.

The example of video nasties also highlights the futility of what anti-porn campaigners are trying to do. Records of opt-in software will, furthermore, make it simpler for national and international surveillance programmes to track who is looking at what sort of website.

Pornography and the Sex Censor

However, some Coalition members voiced concern, citing support for a mandatory filter to protect children and families but will not propose it citing lack of political support at the time. Indeed, this definition is one that is frequently employed or presupposed in discussions of pornography and censorship.

The question of who should be allowed to access what information has become a defining cultural debate of the age. The suppression of communists, real communists as well as Stalinists, in s America was at least partially justified using that kind of reasoning.

But it might be that this ordinary conception, on reflection, turns out not to capture what is of moral and political interest and importance.

The same arguments Strossen adduces to demonstrate the folly of MacDworkinism also make a compelling case that as feminists and socialists we need to be attuned to these issues. It undermines and destabilizes the moral fabric of a decent and stable society, by encouraging sexual promiscuity, deviant sexual practices and other attitudes and behaviour that threaten traditional family and religious institutions, and which conservatives regard as intrinsically morally wrong.

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Censorship or Education? Feminist Views on Pornography

The block was subsequently lifted.FOR THE PAST decade and a half, American feminism has been mired in its divisive “sex wars” over the pornography issue. In reporting that essentially sterile but politically important debate, the mainstream media have often advanced the censorship agenda of Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin.

With pornography accounting for huge volumes of internet traffic, it's a subject ripe for analysis. the debate that's dividing academia The academic debate over.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, March 4, WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers held hearings today on a new plan to require Internet blocking schemes in public schools and libraries, the American Civil Liberties Union called for a "reality check" in the debate over online censorship.

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Porn wars: the debate that's dividing academia

PLAY. Pro: Censorship is the best way to protect the youthful generation from harmful information.

Internet Censorship

Pro: Censorship can stop pornography. See debate citations doc. It is a principle that continues to provide the dominant liberal framework for the debate over pornography and censorship. Mill writes: The only principle for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.

Pity the librarians and teachers who are caught in the middle of the debate over valuable literature that is condemned by some because it touches on this particular aspect of the human experience.

It’s their thankless task to try to find the right books for all their students, knowing that every book is not right for every child.

The debate over the calls for censorship of pornography
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