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Pornography: A Philosophical Introduction

Mari Mikkola


Everyday and philosophical debates concerning pornography are fraught with many difficult questions. These include: What is pornography? What does pornography do (if anything at all)? Is the consumption of pornography a harmless private matter, or does pornography violate women’s civil rights? What, if anything, should legally be done about pornography? Can there be feminist pornography? Answering these questions is complicated by confusion over the conceptual and political commitments of different anti- and pro-pornography positions, and whether these positions are even in tension with one an ... More

Keywords: pornography, feminism, subordination, silencing, objectification, speech, aesthetics, emancipation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190640064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190640064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Mikkola, author
Tutorial Fellow, Somerville College & Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford