Feminist theorists are divided on the question of whether markets in pornographic materials and sexual services pose a threat to women in all contexts. Some feminist theorists argue that when one is paid for sex, a person contracts to give away her freedom and sexuality. Others argue that selling sex harms women only because the work carries a stigma generated from double standards of sexual morality and negative attitudes to sex, which need to be challenged.
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Sexual ethics or sex ethics also sexual morality — for closer distinction see section below is the study of ethics in relation to human sexualityand sexual behavior. Sexual ethics seeks to understand, evaluate, and critique the conduct of interpersonal relationships and sexual activities from social, cultural, and philosophical perspectives. Sexual ethics involve issues such as gender identificationsexual orientationconsentsexual relationsand procreation.
Can a government legitimately prohibit citizens from publishing or viewing pornography, or would this be an unjustified violation of basic freedoms? This question lies at the heart of a debate that raises fundamental issues about just when, and on what grounds, the state is justified in using its coercive powers to limit the freedom of individuals. Traditionally, liberals defended the freedom of consenting adults to publish and consume pornography in private from moral and religious conservatives who wanted pornography banned for its obscenity, its corrupting impact on consumers and its corrosive effect on traditional family and religious values. But, in more recent times, the pornography debate has taken on a somewhat new and surprising shape.
Feminist views on pornography range from condemnation of all of it as a form of violence against womento an embracing of some forms as a medium of feminist expression. This debate reflects larger concerns surrounding feminist views on sexualityand is closely related to those on prostitutionon BDSMand other issues. Pornography has been one of the most divisive issues in feminismparticularly in anglophone English-speaking countries.
Interesting posts. I have a few thoughts on it: 1 It seems that the arguments against pornography could largely apply to "sexual autonomy" as a whole. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I've seen such arguments at conservative sites such as Public Discourse
Posted on April 8, by Gordon Hawkes. Someone asked me the other day what I thought about the Jian Ghomeshi case. His accusers described him suddenly turning violent, yanking their hair, slapping them.
A study on university campuses found that a whopping 87 percent of "emerging" adult men agedand 31 percent of emerging adult women report using porn at some level. Twenty percent of young men report using pornography daily or every other day, and almost half use it at least weekly. Perhaps the more telling pornography statistic is that slightly over two thirds of young men, and nearly half of young women believe that porn consumption is morally acceptable. This statistic of acceptance is particularly interesting because it is pulled from our generation, which often defines right and wrong in terms of consequences.
Is it ever morally wrong for a consumer to imagine something immoral? Brandon Cooke has recently argued that it cannot be. We argue against Cooke that in fact fictively imagining something immoral can be morally blameworthy for the consumer, specifically in cases where fictive imagining is engaged in the service of immoral desires.
Hugh Hefner long ago shocked people nationally and sought to make them think in new ways by personally philosophizing about sex, love, and pornography in the pages of Playboy. Now an academic philosopher shocks some folks in Arkansas by keeping the tradition alive, but in a very different way. Jacob M.