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Debating Pornography

Andrew Altman and Lori Watson


Debates about pornography have raged since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the explosive spread in recent years of sexually explicit images across the Internet has only fueled the disagreements. Politicians, judges, clergy, citizen activists, and academics have weighed in on the issues. In this volume, two philosophers add their voices to the debate. Their views conflict in crucial ways. Altman argues that there is an individual right to create and view pornographic images, rooted in a basic right to sexual autonomy. Watson argues that pornography is a form of sex inequality that under ... More

Keywords: pornography, gender, sex, equality, autonomy, freedom of speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199358700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199358700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Altman, author
Professor of Philosophy, Georgia State University

Lori Watson, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego