PHL243H1 Lecture 11: LEC11- Prostitution March 24 2010

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LEC11: Prostitution
March, 24th 2010
! what we want to say about sex are going to be driven by our own experience
Pornography
! define pornography
! does pornography cause harm?
Defining Porn
! thick
! feminist and conservatives favour this definition
! this definition include whether the act is good or bad
! there is no debate on the moral value of the act, this definition includes a
moral stance
! thin
! a representation of sexual activity intended to stimulate sexual arousal
! in Christian, Islam and Jewish religion there is a prohibition to represent
sexuality
! in other cultures, there is no such prohibition and the representations as a
result there is no hint of sex being dominating
Does it help to distinguish from Erotica?
! declension: self serving bias (use neutral/good terms for you and bad terms for
others)
! we are trying to isolate the phenomenon from the evaluation when we try to
distinguish porn from erotica
! then we can ask what is good and what is bad about the phenomenon
Producer's Intentions/Consumer Effect
! if you were able to produce child pornography without using a child then the issue
of the debate is changed
! if porn acts on the consumer -> who is suppose to identity pornography?
! answer: censors -> but are they going to be corrupt by this?
! if they are not then why are the public is going to be? -> this is a paternalistic
attitude
Why does sexual porn and not other porn evoke negative evaluation?
! sex is intrinsically filthy
! sex is sacred
Why is sex sacred?
! societies are based on theism which is the basis behind the sacred quality of sex
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what we want to say about sex are going to be driven by our own experience. feminist and conservatives favour this definition this definition include whether the act is good or bad there is no debate on the moral value of the act, this definition includes a moral stance thin. declension: self serving bias (use neutral/good terms for you and bad terms for others) we are trying to isolate the phenomenon from the evaluation when we try to distinguish porn from erotica then we can ask what is good and what is bad about the phenomenon. societies are based on theism which is the basis behind the sacred quality of sex www. notesolution. com. sex tends to be inherently antisocial and also religion. people engaging in prostitution or pornography do not have autonomy which is presupposed by the definition: there is nothing wrong with engaging in either activities .

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