Helen longino was one of the first feminist philosophers to articulate a theory of how pornography harms women she argued that pornography shows men and women taking pleasure in activities that objectify women and treat women as less than human. Feminist legal theory strives, in part, to uncover the ways in which gender shapes law (and vice versa) and propose solutions to change or redirect the law to rectify gender inequality in this sense, this is a feminist project focusing on the regulation of coercive heterosexual pornography. Beginning in 1983, with andrea dworkin, she conceived and wrote ordinances recognizing pornography as a violation of civil rights the us supreme court accepted her theory of sexual harassment in 1986. As feminist and law professor catharine mackinnon says, pornography is a harm of male supremacy made difficult to see because of its pervasiveness, potency and, principally, because of its success in making the world a pornographic place.
Sph's renee johnson addresses a forum last friday on pornography as a public health issue photos by michael saunders in catharine mackinnon's 1993 treatise only words , the feminist scholar writes that the law of equality and the law of freedom of speech are on a collision course in this country. A feminist perspective on pornography august 8, 2001 issue 459 woman-friendly pornography an openly feminist organisation, wise was involved in supporting. Feminist pornography refers to a genre of film developed by and/or for those dedicated to gender equality it was created for the purposes of encouraging women and their self-beliefs of freedom through sexuality, equality and pleasure.
Although the question of feminism was not explicitly raised by the interviewer, it emerged as a recurrent theme in interviews, with interviewees suggesting that the feminist anti-porn stance in particular has influenced their perspective on pornography. Pornography as an isolated form, one that- can be defined in legislation, and by therefore emphasising content, feminist analysis becomes as moralistic and reductionist as the rhetoric of the anti. Pornography was at the center of feminist debate in the 1970s and 80s, with advocacy groups and activist publications springing up across the united states from every possible feminist angle. The pornography of representation (feminist perspectives) and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free kindle app.
Feminist views on pornography range from condemnation of all of it as a form of violence against women, to an embracing of some forms as a medium of feminist expression this debate reflects larger concerns surrounding feminist views on sexuality , and is closely related to those on prostitution , on bdsm , and other issues. Pornography, however, was not a major issue radical feminists were generally opposed to pornography, but the issue was not treated as especially important until the mid-1970s there were, however, feminist prostitutes-rights advocates, such as coyote, which campaigned for the decriminalization of prostitution. Objectification is a notion central to feminist theory it can be roughly defined as the seeing and/or treating a person, usually a woman, as an objectin this entry, the focus is primarily on sexual objectification, objectification occurring in the sexual realm. The feminist sex wars, also known as the lesbian sex wars, or simply the sex wars or porn wars, are terms used to refer to collective debates amongst feminists regarding a number of issues broadly relating to sexuality and sexual activity.
Feminist theory, such as that cited in supra note 5, argues that pornography, by devaluing women, denies women a voice in contravention of the ideals of the equal protection clause. In toward a feminist theory of the state, mackinnon writes, pornography, in the feminist view, is a form of forced sex, a practice of sexual politics, and institution of gender inequality as documented by extensive empirical studies, she writes, pornography contributes causally to attitudes and behaviors of violence and discrimination which. Feminist theory has a history of discussion, often controversial and occasionally heated, about the morality of the pornography industry from this, it is clear that the pornography question is not only interesting (often making strange bedfellows out of feminists and conservative religionists), but also important to women.
Mackinnon continues to write on issues of feminist legal theory and frequently contributes to periodicals on the subjects of pornography, sexual harassment, and gender equality under the law. Feminist theory is a major branch of theory within sociology that shifts its assumptions, analytic lens, and topical focus away from the male viewpoint and experience and toward that of women in doing so, feminist theory shines a light on social problems, trends, and issues that are otherwise. Pornography, its difference from eroticism, the reasons why most feminists have ignored the issue of pornography, how it's dangerous for women, why anti-pornography is not pro-censorship, and why women have been put off by. The feminist attorney and law professor catharine mackinnon characterized pornography as the active subordination of women, and phyllis schlafly wrote, pornography really should be defined as the.
Feminist theory is a liberal tradition arguing that women should enjoy the same political and economic rights as men, including speech, religion, bodily autonomy, and political expression. Information on feminist interpretations of law and jurisprudence, including issues of abortion, crime, legal theories, pornography, and rights on the feminist theory website.