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Pornography and Degradation

Judith M. Hill
Hypatia
Vol. 2, No. 2 (Summer, 1987), pp. 39-54
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810015
Page Count: 16
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Pornography and Degradation
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Abstract

I have taken a Kantian approach to the issue of pornography and degradation. My thesis is that by perpetuating derogatory myths about womankind, for the sake of financial gain, the pornography industry treats the class of women as a means only, and not as composed of individuals who are ends in themselves. It thus de-grades all women, as members of this class, imputing to them less than full human status.

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