Essay 3

Topics: First Amendment to the United States Constitution, United States, United States Constitution Pages: 2 (422 words) Published: April 16, 2015
Ariel Okech
Diana D’India
ENGL 101 055
31 October 2014

In "A First Amendment Junkie" Susan Jacoby argues that censoring pornography goes against the First Amendment.  She believes that the First Amendment should be absolutely interpreted.  She states that people will never be able to agree on what should be censored.  She points out that censoring pornography will lead to censorship of other topics that need to be discussed and brought to attention in American society.  She believes that pornography cannot even be defined as to what is “obscene” or what “art is”, and for that reason it can’t be censored I believe that Susan Jacoby is right.  Pornography should be available for those who want to make it or view it.  While it may be offensive to many people, they have the choice to view it or not. Some women would consider porn a disgrace while also saying a painting of a nude woman displays beauty. Jacoby does not enjoy pornography and she does not condone it. She is simply trying to make a reasonable point, and it is that our united conversation about controversies such as pornography has become unreasonable and lacking in critical thought. As part of the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution, but it is not defined by it. When people bring their First Amendment challenges into the court system and decisions are made, standards get established that help define the boundaries of free speech for everyone. While a lot Americans believe there should be some limits to free expression there are a lot of disagreements about what makes up speech and where those limits should be. With this being said, freedom of speech ends up being our most debatable right.

The First Amendment to The U.S Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition...

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