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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.207) 8 Pornography
Debating Pornography

Andrew Altman

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an empirical analysis of the pornography industry. Facts concerning its growth and evolution are explained. The current financial status pornography industry is shown and compared with other mega-industries. The claim that it sexualizes inequality is explained and demonstrated through documenting the content of the materials sold and used, as reported by the industry itself. Further, the empirical evidence of the harms of pornography is provided and examined. Production harms and consumptions harms are distinguished and evidence of each is given. Criticisms of the empirical evidence are explained and rebutted. Finally, it is argued that the ordinances provide new and different legal grounds to address the harms of pornography.

Keywords:   rape, aggression, violence, consumption harms, production harms

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