Pornography has been the topic of discussion in the court systems for years. Many would like to see legislation against it and software to filter it. The problem is it's not that easy and making laws against it would pose a problem against the first amendment. There have many issues brought up on the grounds that it is demoralizing to women and is filth for the eyes of children. But, is pornography really that harmful?
There are many reasons why the government is having trouble putting restrictions on pornography. As Cynthia Stark states in Social Theory and Practice," just because some find certain materials offensive is not a sufficient reason for restricting those materials." There has to be proper grounds for making such laws to prevent pornography distribution because either way you look at it, it goes against the free speech laws of the first amendment. Nadine Strossen of the ACLU had a good point when she said "the First Amendment contains no exception for sexual speech. If sexual speech is censored or regulated then other forms of political expression will also be threatened." It is hard to find the proper grounds in which restricting pornography is appropriate and yet still doesn't go against the First Amendment of free speech. Pornography can be described as prurient and so why should it be against the law to express your feelings freely? Does pornography it's really cause any harm?
New laws that involve the internet have been passed but are now getting a second look, as they too may be against the Constitution. The Children's Internet Protection Act that requires libraries to use anti-pornography software has been brought back into the Supreme Court with the help of the ACLU because it...
... middle of paper ...
...ims of the explicit nature pornography has, or are people going overboard with all the restriction they are putting on TV and the internet? There needs to be a middle ground found somewhere to guard people who may become offensive to this type of behavior. But then again, isn't it just free speech?
Roleff, Tamara L. Civil Liberties: Opposing Viewpoints. Greenhaven Press, San Diego CA, 1999
Alexander, Mark C. "The First Amendment and Problems of Political Viability: The Case of Internet Pornography" Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. v.21 no3 p. 977-1030, 2002
Stark, Cynthia A. "Is Pornography An Action: The Causal vs. The Conceptual View of Pornography's Harm" Social Theory and Practice. v.23 p. 277-306, 1997
Charles Lane. "Justices to Hear Internet Porn Case" Washington Post. November 13, p. A08. Washington Post Company, 2002
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Suppose one accepts MacKinnon and Dworkin's suggested statutory definition of pornography. How does one who generally accepts MacKinnon and Dworkin's views on the pervasively harmful effect of pornography, and who accepts a need for legal redress of the harms perpetrated by pornography, deal with pornographic material. The ordinance proposed by MacKinnon and Dworkin would deal with such material by enacting legislation which gives people adversely affected by the works, which clearly fit their definition of pornography, a cause of action against the producers, vendors, exhibitors or distributors for "trafficking", or for an assault "directly caused by the specific work.... [tags: Pornography Essays]
3712 words (10.6 pages)
- The Legality of Child Pornography Child pornography is an ongoing issue as technology progresses in today’s world. Now there are ways to produce child pornography without actually using a real child. While there are acts and laws to protect the children, there are still many unsatisfied people on each side of the issue. There are people who believe the adult entertainment companies, who produce the child pornography; they believe that their First Amendment rights are being violated with current acts and laws against it.... [tags: Child Pornography Debate Essays]
1098 words (3.1 pages)
- Can art be pornography. Can pornography be art. Does the observer become the judge of what is or is not pornographic, or is the culture in which the images/sculptures/writings originate from the deciding judge. I would argue that only the creator and the original intended viewers of the art or pornography should assign the piece regardless of medium to the classification it is meant to represent. In reading the essay Pornography, from Andrea Dworkin’s “Pornography’” Pornography: Men Possessing Women (Jones pg.... [tags: rape, culture, images, whore]
1120 words (3.2 pages)
- Almost as lucrative as the oil industry; the omnipresent multi-media pornography industry is said to be more profitable than the music and video industries combined. The European Parliament (2003) estimates that more than two-thirds of the £252 million spent by European internet users during 2001 was received by various pornographic websites. This recorded expenditure does not, however, account for the widely available non-internet based pornographic literature, theatre and DVD trade, or for prostitution – the age-old trade from which the term pornography is derived (Potter, 1998); thus effectively deeming the pornography industry to be indescribably profitable.... [tags: Pornography Essays]
1682 words (4.8 pages)
- The Effects of Pornography on Sexual Offenders. Pornography as today, is the representation in books, magazines, photographs, films and media, of scenes of sexual behavior that are erotic or arouse sexual acts. Defining and classifying materials that are considered pornographic has proven somewhat elusive and has varied considerably across time and across different social and cultural context. Pornography can be divided into three categories; Erotica: which are images that express mutual pleasurable sexual expression between people who have enough power to be there by positive choice.... [tags: Pornography, Sexual intercourse, Sex offender]
1498 words (4.3 pages)
- Like with everything else, pornography is divided into two sides. Feminists who favor pornography argues that “pornography can be liberating for women, as they explore their own sexual desire and pleasure, and take control of their sexuality, helping them to become autonomous members of liberal society” (Module #4, Lecture #9, slide 27), while its counterpart claims “pornography reproduces and reinforces patriarchy and women’s subordination, objectifying women’s bodies outside of their sexuality, denying women their humanity by degrading and dehumanizing them in the acts depicted in pornography” (Module #4, Lecture #9, slide 28).... [tags: Gender role, Feminism, Gender, Pornography]
809 words (2.3 pages)
- Introduction Pornography is a controversial subject all around the world. Part of its appeal is its taboo nature. It has been argued that pornography is harmful. Porn is an underground market that is more or less legal but is it harmful. An article written by Diana E.H. Russell in “Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny, and Rape” argues that it is. Diana E.H. Russell is a sociology professor. She has researched the issue and argues that pornography is profoundly harmful. Professor Russell believes that it inclines men to want to rape women and that it encourages them to act out rape fantasies.... [tags: Pornography Essays]
1641 words (4.7 pages)
- Pornography is an issue that has and will continue to cause much debate. While there are many people who see pornography as degrading, sinful, and disgusting, there is also a large number of people who see it as a turn on, a form of sexual expression, and entertainment. Webster’s Dictionary defined pornography as merely “the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement.” Yet there is still the everlasting question which is “does pornography serve a real purpose, and if so what purpose it that?” continues.... [tags: Pornography Essays]
2486 words (7.1 pages)
- Pornography is a large issue in the United States and is especially debated within the Constitutional right of freedom of speech. The current law on pornography in America is that anyone under the age of eighteen who accesses pornographic material is subject to persecution. There are many arguments on both sides of the debate, including: a modified age for legal pornography access. This argument emphasizes the fact that if we want to be a truly free country, there should be no limitations on what we watch.... [tags: Internet Pornography]
750 words (2.1 pages)
- Pornography is an age-old phenomenon that has been under much modern-day scrutiny. With the recent proliferation of online pornography, possible social ramifications of sexually explicit material on uncontrolled mediums have become the subjects of intense debate. Proponents of a liberal approach toward pornography argue that access to online smut is a constitutionally protected freedom and "a harmless diversion that serves to satisfy curiosity and relieve sexual tensions.5" Opponents of this view are particularly concerned with the social effects of online pornography and its effect on the values and morals of minors who can access pornographic images.... [tags: Internet Pornography Essays]
1320 words (3.8 pages)