B EING frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters in life begin when you get what you want. And within the past 10 years, the courts and the legisla tures of most Western nations have found these arguments persuasive— so persuasive that hardly a man is now alive who clearly remembers what the answers to these arguments were. Today, in the United States and other democracies, censorship has to all intents and purposes ceased to exist. Is there a sense of triumphant exhilaration in the land? There is, on the contrary, a rapidly growing unease and disquiet.
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Pornography and Censorship > Notes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
It is worth noting that not everyone thinks that pornography is properly regarded as a form of speech: intentional acts of communicative expression aimed primarily to express ideas or to communicate opinions to others. Frederick Schauer , for example, thinks that pornography is better viewed as a sex aid. If pornography is not speech or intentional communicative expression, then presumably pornography cannot be defended on free speech grounds. Others have suggested that pornography is speech, but not of a form that is protected by liberal principles. Pornography is not "mentally-intermediated" or "persuasive" speech: pornography does not communicate its ideas in such a way that those ideas can be rationally evaluated or resisted by consumers.
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Edition: Available editions Global Perspectives. Become an author Sign up as a reader Sign in. Governments and campaigners are keeping schtum when it comes to webcamming. It's time to break the silence. Pornography is having negative impacts on children and young people.
Can a government legitimately prohibit citizens from publishing or viewing pornography, or would this be an unjustified violation of basic freedoms? This question lies at the heart of a debate that raises fundamental issues about just when, and on what grounds, the state is justified in using its coercive powers to limit the freedom of individuals. Traditionally, liberals defended the freedom of consenting adults to publish and consume pornography in private from moral and religious conservatives who wanted pornography banned for its obscenity, its corrupting impact on consumers and its corrosive effect on traditional family and religious values. But, in more recent times, the pornography debate has taken on a somewhat new and surprising shape.