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Just WordsOn Speech and Hidden Harm$
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Mary Kate McGowan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829706.001.0001

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(p.184) Conclusion
Just Words

Mary Kate McGowan

Oxford University Press

The phenomenon of covert exercitives sheds light on various kinds of harmful speech. Sexist comments can oppress (Chapter 5). What may seem to be an offhand remark, and thus merely a minor irritant, may nevertheless enact local norms that oppress. Actions involving certain kinds of pornography can constitute harm even in cases where the agent has no intention to do so, even in cases where the agent does not have authority, and even in cases where the pornography-involving actions are not communicative acts (...

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