Sexual Ethics Essay

1160 Words Oct 9th, 2012 5 Pages
Sex Ethics Essay Outline
Thesis – Multiple outlooks have been taken on the ethics of pornography, and the means by which it may either negatively influence power in sexuality, or actually provide some sort of social value and worth. These different ethical perspectives display the flaws in the industry and what it represents; yet they also end up proving the fact that it can be modified with positive influence and that pornography is not something to be deemed utterly unethical.
Intro – Power and sexuality are two topics that often tend to intersect, becoming a source for much controversy and ethical debate surrounding the issues that they may bring up. Although the interaction of power and sexuality has been a popular topic of interest
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She urges society to take action in stricter laws on pornography and obscenity to protect women in an ethical manner.
(in final paragraph) why I disagree – she only looks at women and men, only one type of porn, not all is like this, there is female domination, the arousal does not come from the submission, it can be “blahblah” from Tisdale, it doesn’t necessarily always emphasize power on the man, it is clearly not meant to be unethical and a forced thing by men because the industry is free and expanding with things for women, lesbians, and whatever else. Times are changing and maybe women just haven’t tried to change the industry. Although this female male dominance thing is bad, it is not the driver of desire (proved by other types which are also popular) and is not unethical because the reversal of roles also exists freely. Her view is too narrow.
Paragraph 2 – Many religious standards would take a very similar ethical perspective to pornography, especially Christianity, which would specifically oppose the “use” of people that occurs in the industry. MacKinnon describes how “women exist to the end of male pleasure” (MacKinnon, 309) in pornography, and Tisdale says that “porn uses people as objects” (Tisdale, 315). In the Christian view, this usage can be seen as very utilitarian, and “the commandment formulated in the New Testament, demanding love towards persons, is implicitly opposed to the principle of utilitarianism” (Wojtyla, 174).