Irving Kristol's Pornograpy, Obscenity, and hte Case for Censorship

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Irving Kristol's Pornograpy, Obscenity, and hte Case for Censorship

After reading Irving Kristol’s essay called Pornography, Obscenity, and the Case for Censorship, we found positive and negative examples concluding his research. Kristol makes major claims throughout the course of his essay. A few examples of these major claims are in paragraphs [7-9] when he uses a story about an old man in a hospital ward, dying an agonizing death. The old man loses control of his bowels, and they empty themselves on him. Kristol states that this is a private moment that should be kept private. Kristol asks the reader to think about this sad scenario and what it would be like to see this on television. Kristol relates the claim to sex, saying …show more content…

His rebuttal is very good and he uses many different explanations to support his claims, but still they mean the same towards his argument. With his use of rebuttal Kristol makes his essay clearer since he is repeating it over and over to the reader. Kristol has unique ways of putting multiple paragraphs together that say generally the same thing, but are still interesting enough to keep the reader tuned in.

Kristol talks about pornography and the use of obscenities to appeal and provoke a kind of sexual regression as a major claim. He uses pornography as a claim relating to psychology. He says, in the end of paragraph eleven, like all infantile sexuality, it can quite easily become a permanent self-reinforcing neurosis. And such neurosis, on a mass scale, is a threat to our civilization and humanity, nothing less. He uses examples for this claim in paragraph eleven when Kristol (1971) says “people who masturbate do not get bored with masturbation, just as sadists don’t get bored with sadism, and voyeurs don’t get bored with voyeurism.” What Kristol is saying is, when people start liking something they usually don’t want to stop, so therefore they keep on doing what they enjoy. Paragraphs [12-16] deal with the political issues regarding pornography.
In these paragraphs he uses democracy as an approach to his persuasion of his argument. An example of this is, the first sentence of paragraph [12], he states, “I am already touching upon a political

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