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Daniel Washington PHIL 2010 06/21/15 Reading Response 2: Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom By Helen Longino As the sexual revolution evolved in the 1960s and the 1970s, pornography was no longer viewed as subversive and unscrupulous, rather it began to be seen as a catalyst for sexual freedom and expression. Pornography, along with sexual revolution, changed the cultural and social landscape of people began to develop more liberal attitudes toward sexual expression. No longer did people define sex within the parameters of marriage and procreation. People began to destigmatize premarital sex because the perception was, if sexual intercourse is voluntary and consenting, then it is not considered to be immoral. Immoral behavior is defined as behavior that is intended to cause harm, so from a morality standpoint, sexual intercourse between two consenting adults is morally objectionable. Morally depraved, sexual behavior would include
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Unformatted text preview: sadistic, abusive, or forced sex; pornography could also be viewed as morally impermissible, depending on it is being scrutinized. From Helen Longino’s perspective, pornography is insidious because it subjugates women to a subordinate position to men, it objectifies women, and it reinforces male supremacy. When pornography represents women as means to satisfy men’s sexual desires, this type of representation contributes to a divide between men and women, in terms of social privilege and power. It also eliminates the idea that sex is about mutual respect and the consideration of both partners’ desires. The main reason as to why pornography is destructive, according to Helen Longino, is because it is not characterized by mutual respect. It creates a power divide between men and women, and it is a social ill that is intertwined with sexism, patriarchy, misogyny, and chauvinism....
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