"Stop That Or You'll Go Blind!"

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Woman, whether some people believe it or not, does come into the world with a working brain and sex drive. "A woman's body, a woman's right" is the underlying principle of feminism, which I would like to think means women have the right to do with their bodies how they see fit, even if it means working in the sex industry. Women in the 19th century fought to have their consent taken seriously, but now it seems that some people are taking steps backwards with their attempts to create laws that will ban pornography.

Why ban pornography? Well because "pornography says that women want to be hurt, forced, and abused; pornography says women want to be raped, battered, kidnapped, maimed; pornography says women want to be humiliated, shamed, defamed; pornography says that women say No but mean Yes - Yes to violence, Yes to pain." (Andrea Dworkin, Why Pornography Matters to Feminists).

Isn't that reasoning enough? No! Of course it isn't. To say that this is enough reason to ban pornography is like looking into a mirror and only seeing a reflection and not taking into consideration that you are the one creating it. There are always two sides, and choosing to only recognize one as right can often do more harm than good.

I'll be among the first to admit that some pornography is simply tasteless and more often than no more comical than erotic or arousing at times. I never thought I'd be among the ones to say that porn is a good thing instead of bad. I had always thought that pornography was a bad thing, that like Dworkin and MacKinnon, it was degrading to women. Until we were given this question and I took a lot longer than usual to respond. I had to reevaluate everything...