Philosophy of Ethics
The Immorality of Pornography
Access to pornography has been steadily growing in recent years. You can find pornography everywhere – on the Internet, on DVD, and even in magazines at the corner store! The argument over the morality of pornography seems to be an ongoing argument. Porn’s publication, production, distribution and use are often criticized by its opponents as, among other things, exploitive of women. Those that find pornography acceptable feel that it allows us to exercise our rights to free speech and personal choice. In order to take a stance, it's important to identify what exactly is included in the definition of pornography. In this paper, pornography will be defined as materials that contain depictions or descriptions of sexuality designed to produce arousal (Wall, 2003, p. 371). Many may find these depictions to be obscene or offensive. I feel that pornography causes much harm to society and is therefore immoral.
The depictions in porn typically degrade or humiliate women. The degradation can occur through various acts including violence, physical harm or abuse, physical or psychological coercion; or placing women in subordinate roles in their sexual relations with others. Pornography portrays violence against women as an acceptable thing, and it portrays women as objects.
It seems to me that pornography not only portrays women as objects but recommends treating them as objects, without the respect due them as a person. If you think about a time when you were treated rudely by another person you may feel as though that person is not treating you with respect. It can be agreed that this is considered bad behavior, and there is not much that you can do about it. Now, when you extend the case to include not only treating you rudely, but recommending that you be treated...