Pornography: Moral, Ethical or Legal Issue?

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Pornography: Moral, Ethical or Legal Issue?

What is pornography? Because there is no clear definition of "pornography", people's idea of what pornography is will be different from other people. For example one person may think that a women posing in a magazine in a bikini is a form of pornography, while another person may think that pornography is only when a person poses completely naked. Because of this confusion in the definition of pornography, it has become an important moral, ethical and legal issue. Pornography is a major problem in the United States that is growing larger everyday. It mostly affects adult males, but so many women, minors and small children are being exposed and placed into this graphic industry. It is causing a wide range of violent nature in men and causing pain in suffering in women and children. It is breaking up relationships and even whole families.

This essay will explain the problems that we as a nation encounter due to pornography.

The porn industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that has a rising existence in today's society. They sell a wide range of pornographic material such as videos, magazines, books, and certain devices. This material is relatively easy to get a hold of, no matter what the age, although most materials require you to be eighteen years of age in order to purchase. People are able to rent videos from "adult" video stores, buy "soft porn" magazines, watch sexually explicit movies in theaters, and watch sexually explicit movies on cable TV.

There are quite a few different types of material containing pornography. There are many adult magazines which mainly consist of soft porn, mostly photographs and stories. Their target audience is adult males. Every man will, at some stage in his...