History of Love and Sex Documentary
“pornography and censorship and respect for women” (1978)
Begins with three questions..
1) Does porn degrade or dehumanize ,exploite human beings ? Factual question; depends on what
exploitation amounts to.
2) Does it degrade women more than men ? this to a factual question.
3) Could an innocuous (Harmless pornlike the bunny) morally injectable, non sexist, and non
degrading porn exist ? could there be any porn that does not degrade men or women??
Pornography degrades human beings in general.
Pornography degrades women more than men.
Non degrading,sexist,harmless porn is at least theoretically possible, not possible for harmless
porn to exist today in practice.
Ann Garry’s definition: “Porn is explicit sexual materials which are intended to arouse the reader or
the viewer sexually.” This is a value neutral definition does not define porn as explicit materials that
are degrading to women.
Susan brown miller: “pornography is he undiluted essence of anti female propaganda.” More
inflammatory than Atwood.
Any moral objectionable to porn?
Can be a morally objectionable if and only if porn degrades people. Show the content of
Some porn depicts such things, suggests that women like to be raped.
not essential for porn to dehumanize or degrade people, but some porn does represent violence,
rape and degrades individuals as if it were enjoyable for the victim. (women say no really mean
yes, resistant’s part of the genera) To say no and be ignored is violation of someone rights.
If porn recommends this behavior then porn has morally object able content Emmanual cont. :”ought to treat persons as end of themselves and never merely as means to
to do violence to another person or recommend it would be to treat human beings as merely as
objects and means and not as ends of themselves as persons, (treat them as sexual objects, and
not as human subjects)
respect for Women and Sexual object related: traditionally Double standard two kinds of women….
: 1) placed on pedestal and 2) women who has fallen from the pedestal now in the gutter(good
women/bad women) (the wife/tramp) (wife in public tramp In the bedroom, Madonna whore
respect for good women is not really respect for women at all as whole rather respect for women
as if they were a class of inferior women when they are compared to men. Even the women who’s
placed high on the pedestal they have far less respect than a man that’s standing on the ground.
(Puts her on the pedestal to look up her skirt)
TOP RESPECT TABLE
Men top head: full fledged person receive full respect
Good women: not really respected as full fledged persons
Bad Women(outcasts/no respect at all/lost their personhood)
Garry: traditional argument