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Shahin, Nadia Shahin M. Ward Writing 140 A3 October 23, 2008 Pornography Regulation: Defending American Society Pornography is inherently a controversial topic in our religiously morally founded society. Some think that the use of porn disgraces mankind while others find the entertainment value of pornography to be harmless. Some people hate pornography while others do not. Many different perspectives come into play when people hear the word pornography. But what is pornography? Pornography is classically defined as printed or filmed material that displays sexual activity. Some have argued from a utilitarian perspective that porn brings a net benefit to a society instead of a net moral detraction. We must question: does porn hurt people or does it benefit them to have access to pornography? One must step back and look at how the government has a responsibility to protect the people that they govern and to uphold the community. Individuals want their community to be a place where they feel safe without having to avoid harmful things. Since the government is formed in order to establish laws that promote stability and contentment in society, the government must be obligated to take legal action against pornography because porn undermines the basic steadiness of society. A government creates and builds laws in order to make sure that society does not fall into pieces and turn into an unsafe place to live. In order to keep this stability, people 1
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are shown what actions are good and bad through law. Such laws for example, punish people, consequentially stopping them for committing crimes. In order to teach people that what they are doing harms others, they need to be punished. In one essay Squires claims “appropriate sanction ought to be imposed on the person” in order to teach them a lesson. (Squires, 58)
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