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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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Treating Pornography as a Woman and Women’s Objectification

Treating Pornography as a Woman and Women’s Objectification

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(p.137) Chapter 7 Treating Pornography as a Woman and Women’s Objectification
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Beyond Speech
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Lina Papadaki

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257910.003.0007

Perhaps the most puzzling claim put forward by antipornography feminists is that men use pornography as a woman; they use it to satisfy their sexual desires, as they would with a real woman (a person). The chapter explores the argument made by some feminists that there is a causal connection between treating pornography as a woman (personification) and objectifying women. Drawing on two instances of treating an object as a woman, taken from the nonpornographic films Lars and the Real Girl (2007) and Air Doll (2009), the chapter argues against such a causal connection. This does not imply, however, that pornography is not to blame for the objectification of women. Indeed, there is a causal connection between the knowledge generated by pornography about women’s inferior and object-like status and women’s objectification.

Keywords:   objectification, pornography, causal connection, feminism, knowledge, personification

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