Markets in sexually-explicit materials pornography and sexual services prostitution raise numerous worries for philosophers and feminists. The main concern is that such markets appear to be inescapably and seriously harmful to women—both individual women and women as a group. Deploying concepts from moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of language and art, feminist philosophers have analyzed how prostitution and pornography harm women. She hypothesizes that the harms caused by exposure to inegalitarian pornography range from increasing rates of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and assault to degrading the status of women. Eaton recognizes that her causal model requires empirical support, and that the studies needed to confirm or refute it have not yet been done. Because inegalitarian pornography is not the only kind of mass culture that promotes sexist attitudes and behavior, it can be difficult to separate out the effects of sexist materials that are sexually graphic from those that are not.
Without porn, the world would be a better place
Without porn, the world would be a better place | Pornography | The Guardian
P ornography is one of the most contentious issues of the feminist movement today, with polarised views on whether it is liberating or degrading, allows and promotes sexual freedom, or if it promotes a view of female sexuality as submissive and based on rape fantasies. As a feminist firmly on the anti-porn side, I am used to the vitriol and passion this topic provokes, but is the debate becoming so vicious it is becoming a hindrance to progress? Pornland, a film by leading anti-porn academic Gail Dines , will debut at a feminist conference in London on Saturday, and has already caused controversy before its screening, with some speakers and participants expressing anger at its clear anti-porn position. Porn, argues Dines, is a multibillion-dollar industry that has men in the crossfire. The film is educational and consciousness-raising, and shows how commercial porn operates as an industry, how the images impact on us and help shape our gender and sexual identity, and the extent of violence and cruelty in mainstream porn. In the s and s, pornography was a contentious issue among feminists. Dines and I both spoke at an anti-porn conference in London earlier this year, which was picketed by women and men arguing that we aimed to ban and censor pornography.
Feminists Have Turned on Pornography
The Wink and the Fist. S ince the sexual revolution of the s, the feminist movement has sought to condemn traditional sexual ethics as repressive, misogynistic, and intolerant. As the s come to a close, it might be fair to say that mainstream culture has reached the logical endpoint of this philosophy. Whereas older Americans perhaps still remember a time when our society promoted mutual self-sacrifice over hedonism, we live in an age when even children have access to limitless online pornography. The behaviors featured and sometimes encouraged by porn are the same behaviors third-wave feminists love to hate.
Although most mainstream feminists generally agree about issues—such as being pro-choice or against genital cutting—there are several controversial issues about which no one general consensus has formed. This article on feminist debates is half explanatory, half experiment: After giving each side of an issue equal fair time, there will be a poll to ask you, dear readers, what you think. What follows is meant to spark discussion about mainstream pornography; illegal and undeniably horrific pornography such as child porn or rape videos will not be addressed. The pornography industry is a complex machine that turns sex into a commodity that is more about power and profit than pleasure read more about the relationship between porn and capitalism here.