Catharine MacKinnon

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    relationship exists between pornography and violence, between images and behavior. Even the pro-censorship Meese Commission Report admitted that the data connecting pornography to violence was unreliable… Feminist Thelma McCormick (1983) for the Metropolitan Toronto Task Force on Violence Against Women, find no pattern to connect porn and sex crimes.” Main arguments posed by anti-porn feminists against pornography are as follows; (i) pornography is degrading to women, (ii) pornography directly leads to violence against women, in that women are physically coerced into creating pornography, (iii) pornography is dangerous to those working in the sex-industry, as it depicts them as objects for sexual pleasure. One argument claimed by Catharine MacKinnon argument is that pornography degrades women twice- once when the film is made, and once when it is viewed. She points out first that degradation is a subjective term. To suggest that all pornography is degrading to all women is an overgeneralization. Pornography, written or filmed, is a form of free speech and expression. By defending one’s right to freedom of speech, they are also defending the right to view pornography. To support the censorship of pornography is to also support censorship of freedom of speech. By censoring one’s freedom of speech, you suppress their rights as an individual given to them by the Constitution, which is not morally permissible. This line of events is especially important to women in pornography,…

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    In Feminist settings, conversations surrounding pornographic content and its influence are often polarizing; the discrepancy of attitudes towards pornography between opposing parties can be acrimonious and fraught with tension. Radical feminists tend to take up an anti-pornography stance, citing concerns of the representation of women, violent and sexist practices of the pornography industry and violence that correlates with the consumption of pornography. Liberal, sex-positive feminists have…

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    Laws Governing Sexual Harassment Clearly sexual harassment has been around as long as men and women have shared the same space. United States history is marked with this type of inappropriate and often heinous behavior. Reva Siegel and Catharine MacKinnon discuss this long history in an article they co-authored for the Yale Press in 2003. Siegel and MacKinnon point out that, “… sexual coercion was an entrenched feature of chattel slavery endured by African-American women” (Yale Press, 2003,…

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    Don’t take this article the wrong way, support of women 's rights is a good thing, but there are few that take it beyond what it is. They call themselves feminists, others would consider them as radical feminists. There is a difference between the two, feminism is a belief that man and woman should be equal in society and have equal opportunity in the world; radical feminism is a belief that men have been dominating over women for years and the women should be above the men in the societal…

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    creativity, emotional work, and energy is given completely to men and excluded from the public realm of culture. Radical feminists take it a step further, inquiring that because women are objects of men’s desire, their bodies are always available to men. This has caused consent of women to be superfluous. Along with love leading to rape culture, a place where rape is very present, radical feminists believe pornography is a means to subordinating women. Catharin MacKinnon, a radical feminist, has…

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    mothers’ names and in our own, we must not call him sister” (Morgan). Feminists and some women who are not feminists do not want to accept this, but no one has a say in what someone else believes. What classifies a woman as a woman or a man as a man? Its exactly like the free exercise clause in the federal government. Every person is guaranteed the right to believe whatever that person chooses to believe, as long as it does not harm another person 's beliefs. Of course this is only associated…

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    Langton’s article “Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts ” argues that pornography silences women. This is similar to Katherine MacKinnon’s thesis and throughout the rest of her article, Langton labels pornography as a speech act, or an utterance, which has illocutionary effects that support MacKinnon’s claims of: 1) pornography subordinating women and 2) pornography silencing women. Langton introduces the terms locutionary, illocutionary, and perlocutionary to explain the effects of pornography. To…

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    Dworkin, 1981; Dworkin and MacKinnon, 1988; Mackinnon, 1989) since 1980s have overwhelmingly stressed on criticising of pornography as a form of oppression to women. By examining the ‘effects’ of pornography on its male consumers, radical feminists have frequently amplified that negative effects, namely violence, sex addiction, intimidation, child abuse, and women as sexually objectified by men, of pornography have facilitated men for reinforcing the notions of patriarchy and masculinity. In…

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    Midterm Case Study 1. What sorts of measures could We Care Health Plan take with its clients to prevent this situation? Do they have a duty to their own employees to do so? Sexual harassment in American work life is pervasive. Women today face many aspects of sexual harassments. Society general conversation on the topic is a good first step for addressing the problem as a whole, and first steps towards real change in culture and perceptions. Harassment is not limited to work place, but can…

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    This novel exposed the horrific lives of the slaves, and the awful hardships that they had to endure everyday. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was also said to have caused the civil war. However,this novel was not Harriet Beecher Stowe’s only accomplishment. According the the reading, Women writers in the American Renaissance, “Mary Griffith published Our Neighborhood; or, Letters on Horticulture and Natural Phenomena (1831), and several other texts in philosophy and science appeared between then and 1855,…

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