Argument Pornography

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Mark Wicclair argues that we should be very wary about the censorship of pornography, even if pornography, as Helen Longino defines it, exists. In order to fully understand Wicclair's reason for being wary of the censorship of pornography it is important that we use Helen Longino's definition of pornography. Helen Longino defines pornography as

"[the] verbal or pictoral explicit representations of sexual behavior that...have as a
distinguishing characteristic ‘the degrading and demeaning portrayal of the role
and status of the human a mere sexual object to be exploited and
manipulated sexually (p.43)."
Helen Longino's definition can be used as the basis of numerous arguments dealing with pornography. In this paper, I will deal with only one controversial aspect of pornography. That aspect is the censorship of pornography. Although Wicclair raises several reasons for being wary of the censorship of pornography, I will discuss only two of those objections in this paper.

The first reason Wicclair gives for his claim that we should be wary about the censorship of pornography is that negative side effects are likely to occur if pornography is censored. Wicclair focuses his argument on the slippery slope effect, which he claims is a negative effect of the censoring of pornography. In this context, the slippery slope effect is defined by Wicclair as "...a serious risk that once any censorship is allowed, the power to censor will, over time, expand in unintended and undesirable directions (p.382)." This definition along with "...the fact that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to formulate unequivocal and unambiguous criteria for censorship (Wicclair p. 382)," Wicclair makes the conclusion that "[t]he slippery slope effect will eventually...suppress the rights, interests, and values of others (p.382)."

I agree with Wicclair's first reason for his argument against the censorship of pornography. I also believe that the...
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