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Beyond SpeechPornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy$
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Mari Mikkola

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257910.001.0001

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On Multiple Types of Silencing

On Multiple Types of Silencing

(p.39) Chapter 3 On Multiple Types of Silencing
Beyond Speech

Mary Kate McGowan

Oxford University Press

Pornography silences women, or so claims Catharine MacKinnon. Jennifer Hornsby and Rae Langton have partially defended this silencing claim by identifying one type of silencing; it involves systematic interference with women’s communicative capabilities. This chapter identifies three more types of silencing by identifying other types of communicative interference that pornography might bring about. There are many ways for pornography (or its consumption) to bring about these types of silencing. This chapter distinguishes between merely causing silencing and constituting it. For each of the four types of silencing discussed, the chapter identifies ways in which pornography (or its consumption) might cause that type of silencing and identifies ways in which pornography (or its consumption) might constitute that type of silencing. By identifying all of these ways in which pornography could silence women, MacKinnon’s provocative silencing claim is further supported.

Keywords:   pornography, silencing, communication, Catharine MacKinnon, women

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