QotD: “pornography did all the harm we claimed … therefore, it had to be protected”

The law was passed twice in Minneapolis in 1983 and 1984 by two different city councils; it was vetoed each time by the same mayor, a man active in Amnesty International, opposing torture outside of Minneapolis. The law was passed in 1984 in Indianapolis with a redrafted definition that targeted violent pornography—the kind “everyone” opposes. The city was sued for passing it; the courts found it unconstitutional. The appeals judge said that pornography did all the harm we claimed—it promoted insult and injury, rape and assault, even caused women to have lower wages—and that these effects proved its power as speech; therefore, it had to be protected.

Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women

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5 responses

  1. Oh fantastic. Another failure of the Socratic method.

  2. Men’s penises matter more than women’s lives, that’s one of the basic tenets of patriarchy.

  3. Well that’s just perfectly logical. I should also be allowed to punch people in the face.

  4. […] I really would like to examine this in much more depth than I have time for at the moment, but for now you’ll have to make do with my immediate thought on the subject. Porn in the US is protected as ‘free speech’, even though it’s the record of an action; ‘free speech’ is something of a holy cow in the US, most countries (including the US) have laws against hate speech, slander, inciting people to commit a crime etc, and in any sane world, pornography would be easily recognisable as falling under those categories, but, in fact, in our un-sane world, porn is recognised as all of the above, and that’s why it’s protected. […]

  5. […] (previously blogged back in 2012 – I think it’s useful to show that current events are not the first time Amnesty men have been revealed as misogynist garbage.) […]

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