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Debating Pornography$
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Andrew Altman and Lori Watson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199358700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199358700.001.0001

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Defenses of Pornography

Defenses of Pornography

(p.239) 9 Defenses of Pornography
Debating Pornography

Andrew Altman

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses criticisms of the sex equality approach from those who argue that pornography is a right flowing from a right to freedom of expression—the free speech defense of pornography, by self-styled feminists, who claim that pornography (its making and its use) is a part of sexual liberation for women, and by gays and lesbians insofar as they allege it plays an important role in the communities of sexual minorities. Finally, I examine the arguments to those, like Altman, who locate a “right to pornography” in the right to sexual autonomy. I argue that none of these arguments sufficiently establishes their conclusions.

Keywords:   free speech, feminist pro-pornography position, gay and lesbian pornography, sexual autonomy, sexual liberty, sex equality, child pornography, virtual child pornography, Canadian law

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