The pro's and Con's of Pornography

Essay by Ethan AckermanUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, March 1997

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As the debate over pornography and its place in society grows hotter every day, several authors in particular shed a new light on the subject. Both their intuition and insight involving their beliefs can help the reader a great deal in seeing aspects of this debate that might have otherwise gone without the consideration that they so deserve.

I believe that pornography is not only okay, but is allowing our country to take a step back and ask ourselves how far we are willing to go and what we are willing to sacrifice in order to preserve free speech and our rights to personal choice.

The argument over pornography is not merely the debate over right or wrong, but also involves the theory that its existence requires, or possibly even causes, an inequality between men and women.

I ask you, how could something like pornography cause an in-equality between men and women when women are the major contributors to the industry? Who is going to watch a porn without women in it? Therefore, at least at first glance, it would seem that since women are actively contributing to the business of pornography maybe they should be criticized at least equally if not more so than the men who watch it.

According to author J.M. Coetzee and his article 'The Harms of Pornography', the real questions here are, 'what is the difference between obscenity and pornography', and even more importantly, 'where do we draw the line between the two'? Coetzee brings up a good point here. A point on which the entire debate over pornography hinges. What is the defenition of 'obscenity'? An excerpt from a speech by Mike Godwin, Online Counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, gives a good definition of obscenity in his on-line article: 'Fear of Freedom:...