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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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(p.296) 10 Conclusion
Debating Pornography

Andrew Altman

Oxford University Press

The conclusion of Watson’s contribution engages with the ethical questions concerning personal pornography use. Watson notes that she cannot fully engage with the ethical dimensions of pornography use but raises a set of questions for reflection from the reader. How can one know whether the pornography one is masturbating to is of women who have been forced or coerced or otherwise compelled into pornography performances? Rarely, if ever, can one know the answers to these questions. Thus, Watson suggests that users of pornography may well be complicit in an institution of sex inequality and that such complicity is often at odds with their explicit egalitarian ideals.

Keywords:   pornography use, inequality, masturbation, pornography consumption, women in pornography

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