A Simplistic View of Pornography
Feminist philosophers’ objection to pornography concerns its subordination of women, but some argue that egalitarian pornography is exempt from this criticism. There are reasons to be skeptical, though. A close look at feminist philosophers’ criticism reveals a suspicion of all pornographic images; some even disapprove of the use of pornography in general. This implies an incompatibility of all pornographic images with feminism, including egalitarian ones. A further concern is the opposition of inegalitarian/egalitarian pornography: contemporary pornographic images are more complex and less stable than this opposition can account for. Instead of promoting the concept of egalitarian pornography, the chapter highlights the variety and criticality of queer pornography. Queer pornography challenges heterosexual pornography’s gendered roles, bodies, and scenarios, yet it also does justice to the cultural, psychological, and emotional complexity of mainstream pornography. It does not eschew sexual power dynamics, including subordination and violence.
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