THE PORN DEBATE
THE PORN DEBATE
One of the most controversial topics in the United States today is the pornography industry, a multiple billion dollar industry. The porn industry is even bigger than professional basketball, football and baseball put together. Americans spend more on pornography “in a year then they do on movie tickets, more than the do on all the performing arts combined” (Rich, 2011). The controversial porn debate is nothing new to the US, in fact as far back as history goes sexuality has been controversial. Pornography comes from the Greek word ““pornographos”, which translated into “writing about prostitutes”” (D’Orlando, 2009). Writing is a thing of the past, now-a-days with advances in technology porn can be viewed and shared at any given time and place. With our technological advances there has been an increase in the demand and viewing of pornography, fueling some individuals to believe that it is an epidemic that needs containment. Pornography is a very controversial topic with some individuals believing it is morally wrong, addictive and leads to violent sexual crimes. Others feel it is a part of life, expands sexual horizons, and provides a safe fantasy. A third group has found a happy medium of the two worlds. So the debate continues over legal aspects, the market and moral acceptance. So where does pornography fit into the United States today? One of the aspects of pornography that is currently up for debate is if it is legal. Does it infringe on women’s rights, free speech and legal limitations. Many feminist groups are advocating laws that will regulate pornography, protecting equality of women. They feel that porn oppresses and denigrates women in society, a violation of civil rights and “justifiably subject to legal restriction” (Carse, 2014). One of those suggested restriction would make “it possible for people harmed by pornography to collect for damages through civil suits” (Carse,...
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