Pornography: The New Feminist Threat

What, then, is pornography? Is it the art of sex, a struggle against morality, the world’s leading epidemic of sexual violence, or the ongoing struggle for First Amendment rights? Pornography, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is “sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal”. This definition, however, lacks the clarity of realistically differentiating between pornography and erotica, and leaves room for interpreting the true meaning of “explicit.” The issue at debate, however, is neither the naming nor identifying pornography, but rather gauging it’s social, moral and political implications.