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Life in the FleshAn Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy$
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Adam G. Cooper

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.001.0001

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Pornography and Violence

Pornography and Violence

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Life in the Flesh

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Pornography cultivates a cult of the flesh in which sex and the flesh are abstracted, etherealized, and finally destroyed. De Sade's vision of unlimited lust gives way to a pornocracy in which violence against the flesh is normalized, since pornography directly impacts the perception of the body, persons, and their sexual value, objectifying them as items for manipulation and consumption. A redemptive moral pedagogy will be sensitive to the proclivity of the sexual affections for disorder, yet unstintingly cultivate chastity as the healing force for shame and shamelessness.

Keywords:   pornography, pornocracy, eroticism, Sade, morality, shame, shamelessness, cyberporn, desire, chastity

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