Ligaya M. Bishop
SOC120: Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Instructor Abayomi Balogun
October 12, 2014
Pornography & Ethics
Nowadays our society has strong opposing views on pornography. People who are pro-pornography believe that there is no harm done in watching videos that contains explicit content. Instead they feel that it is a cure towards their sexual relationship with their significant other. However, on the other hand, the people who are not pro-pornography feel that pornography is the core of all sexual crimes towards women. Pornography is a social problem and is a commodity brought into existence by certain characteristics of a highly developed civilization. The problem with pornography is that any form of censorship or suppression cannot solve it. These aggressive methods would merely aggravate the disease and create other deplorable consequences. Prevention is better than cure, and by diagnosing the psychological motives of those who consume pornography, we may be able to change the instincts involved (McCune, 1985). Utilitarianism believes pornography would have to bring out more happiness than the absence of pornography for it to be moral. With that being said, pornography could be moral if it brought out happiness after viewing pornographic material.
The word Pornography can be defined as “writings, photographs, movies, etc., intended to arouse sexual excitement”. Every year that passes pornography has been more and more accepted, it can be seen in books, magazines, cable television and most of all through the internet. Many religions are against it, and at the same time people know that there is a reason why people go into the business because it is very lucrative and just accepted it.
There will always be debates over the morality of pornography. In pornography a visual or verbal image acts as a direct stimulus to the erotic drives or impulses, which are always latent and ready to be stimulated in...