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pornography and harm by susan J. brison

definition of ****

the graphic sexually explicit subordination of women thru pictures or words that also includes women dehumanized as sexual objects, things or comodities; enjoying pain or humiliation or rape; injury, turtor, penetrations, scenaries, shown as inferior, hurt in conditions of sexual arrousal

why is it difficult to discuss ****

the double standard: critics are prude / victims of sexual violence can be retraumatizing


hatred, dislike or mistrust of women

the common use of ****

violent degrading misogynistic hate speech


includes words, pictures, films, etc.

the argument

if **** harms women, then there is no mroal right to produce, sell or consume it.

best evidence that **** is harmful

is the slutty participants in the ****

porns effects on the non-participant

increases discrimination against/sexual abuse of women AND it harms those that have *** forced on them. Harms men whose sexual desires are influenced by **. Harms those already victimized by nasty *** as in rape.

objection to **** being ok

**** is a symptom (indication) of a misogynistic culture (hatred of women), not the cause of it.

**** brings

pleasure to others because it is degrading to others

**** shows a callous

(insensitive) disregard to the actual victims to have depictions of sexual violence

the legal right to **** is

the right to free speech

**** harms womens

opportunities for equality and rights of all kinds

Brison is arguing that:

there is not a moral right to ***. if there isn't a moral right to **, then there is no support for a legal right to ***.

Andrew Altman argues that:

there is a moral right to (even nasty) ****, which is not under free speech, but a moral right to sexual autonomy (freedom, independence)

Liberal sexual morality

whatever harms result from **** are just the price we pay for the right to sexual autonomy

sexual autonomy

the freedome or independence of sexual desires


an important aspect of a flourishing human life

sexual expression

is one of the primary ways we define ourselves

Atman compares **** to sexual orientation

and Atman argues taht we have a right to do some things that are morally wrong.

Atman argues

that even if a causal (cause) connection were established between violence **** and sexual violence it would be insufficient. bcuz it is not as important as the right to sexual autonomy

Atman concedes (admits)

that **** makes it more difficult for women to live as sexual equals to men.

Atman believes women are better off

in a society with liberal sexual morality, than in a society with traditional sexual morality

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