Pornography, should it be illegal or not?

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1. Introduction

My topic deals with the issue of whether or not all pornography should be illegal. I will defend the position that pornography should be kept legal by arguing, first, that pornography is beneficial to society, and secondly, that any position to make pornography illegal would go against the rights of the first amendment.

2. Argument

My argument is that pornography is beneficial to society. Pornography: aids as a sexual outlet for potential sex crime offenders, provides pleasure for people who are unable to find sexual fulfillment, helps society be more open about the topic of sex, and aids in helping couples deal with problems in their sexual relationships.

a. assumption #1

Pornography can aid as a sexual outlet for potential sex crime offenders. Many people have sexual fetishes that would go unfulfilled if pornography became illegal. Some may act on their sexual fetishes and end up hurting somebody to fulfill their desire.

People with high sex drives who need to 'get off' several times a day have an outlet through pornography. The number of violent sex crimes is reduced through the proper use of pornography. Even if one victim a year was saved, pornography would be useful to society.

b. assumption #2

Next, pornography can provide pleasure for those who are unable to find sexual fulfillment. There are many disabled and disfigured people who could never fill their sexual needs without pornography. Society's standards often denies these people of sexual activity. Sexual fulfillment is a primal desire that everyone has the right to, if nobody involved gets hurt. Without pornography, many people would turn to prostitution, which already is illegal in most places.

c. assumption #3

Pornography can also help society be more open about the topic of sex. Today, we live in a country where...