Why Pornography Shouldn't Be Banned

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Why Pornography Should Not Be Banned

It seems to me there are two ways of defending pornography. The first is pornography does not harm anyone, and so it should not be banned. The second is pornography can't accurately be identified between what pornography is and what it's not. With these two main points I will prove pornography should not be banned.

Pornography does not harm anyone. In mainstream pornography, all parties are willing participants. The women who grace the pages of Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler, Swank, etc. are paid to do so. They have entered into a contract in which they sell their services. Their services in this case are the displaying of their naked bodies for the "masturbatory delight"
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Any defining test (to determine art or pornography) will have to rely either on the creator or on the consumer.

I have narrowed it down to three reasons why a person may think pornography should be banned. (1) It is sex without love and affection, (2) there is an invasion of privacy, and (3) it overly simplifies the erotic experience. Regarding the first point, I can only say that it is right. Pornography does represent sex without love. But that is not a bad thing. Sex is about love. It is also about reproduction. And it is about recreation. Although it is true that pornography removes much of what makes sex a unifying act, it is not true that pornography rips everything away from sex. Pornography celebrates recreation, which is one of the things that make sex so great. To prove that sex is about recreation think about the clitoris. Scientists have not found any reproductive purpose either for the clitoris or the female orgasm. The clitoris exists to assist in the female orgasm and to increase the pleasure for the female during intercourse. Is pornography sex without love? Yes, but that is not wrong, because sex is not just about love; it is about love, reproduction, and recreation (pornography exemplifies this). Regarding the second point, there is no invasion of privacy; pornography (at least mainstream pornography) is consensual. An invasion of privacy is a

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