Analysis Of Mackinnon 's Critique Of Pornography Essay

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In a diary started at the age of sixty-five, feminist pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote that: "the first great work to be accomplished for woman is to revolutionize the dogma that sex is a crime." Eighty-seven years after Stanton’s death, lawyer and radical feminist scholar Catharine MacKinnon published Toward a Feminist Theory of the State in which she confronts organized male dominance in the form of the state. MacKinnon views the elimination of pornography as essential to this effort because pornography is: "sex forced on real women so that it can be sold at a profit to be forced on other real women; women 's bodies trussed and maimed and raped and made into things to be hurt and obtained and accessed and this presented as the nature of women"(196) For the purposes of this essay it must be stated that Mackinnon uses the term Pornography essentially as a catchall term for sexually explicit content. This essay will examine the flaws in MacKinnon’s critique of pornography and argue that it is ultimately counterproductive to the feminist cause. Mackinnon asserts that pornography internalizes misogynistic attitudes and behavior, in viewers by institutionalizing "the sexuality of male supremacy, which fuses the erotization of dominance and submission with the social construction of male and female."(197) It is evident that Mackinnon has assigned a fixed meaning to pornography, in which it sole purpose is to harm women. However, this approach minimizes…

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