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Pornography should be abolished in the United States

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Started: 6/18/2012 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jd325494523

Con

I've heard this argument many times before and I can't say that I completely agree with it. If anyone cares to debate this topic with me, please let me know in the first round which will be used for acceptance.

Prerequisites:
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ScarletGhost4396

Pro

I wondered what it would be like to play Devil's Advocate. I'll accept your debate.
Debate Round No. 1
jd325494523

Con

RESOLVED: Pornography should be abolished in the United States. The United States is better known as "the land of the free", a country of great opportunity. In the United States, citizens are entitled to many basic rights (including inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that cannot be taken away.). Citizens are able to make their own decisions as adults when they are of age, so long as they pose no threat to society as a whole. That being said, pornography is not detrimental to society as a whole, and those who use it responsibly, do no harm. If an adult is willing to invest their money in buying pornography, then why shouldn't they? After all, it's for their personal entertainment. It is for these reasons and those that follow that I am compelled to negate today's resolution.

For clarification, I'll provide the following definition(s)

Pornography n.- Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity. According to philosopher Danny Frederick, "A piece of pornography may be a book, a magazine, a segment of writing or speech, a painting, a photograph, a sequence of images, a film, a sculpture, a theatrical play, or some other combination of words and images."

Detrimental adj.-
Tending to cause harm or significant damage.

Freedom of Speech/First Amendment- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abolish v.- Formally put an end to

I offer the following contentions:

Contention 1:
Watching/participating in pornography is a choice, not a requirement.

Subpoint A.) Human beings have free will.
In order to actually participate in the production of porn, the job must be sought out and pursued. No one is forced into being an adult actor/actress, everyone present is there on their own accord and by no means had to be there. All actors are well aware of what they are getting themselves into and what potential consequences could arise. Arguably one may say that pornography is responsible for the spread of STD's, but this is not the case. Sexually transmitted diseases are the result of a genetic mutation that was contagious, not pornography. When actually analyzing the situation, pornography itself is not a bad thing, in fact, if people were honest and responsible, it would run rather smoothly. The problem is, people are stupid and spread their STD's in exchange for pleasure. A man with HIV/AIDS could just as easily spread HIV/AIDS by having sex with a complete stranger that he met at a club. The spreading of STD's is not limited to pornography; in fact, the abolition of pornography would not put an end to the spread of STD's, they would still spread throughout the United States just as easily; and since when has reading a romantic novel killed anyone?

Subpoint B.) Human beings have free will. In order to watch/read pornography, someone has to look for it and actually find it. Porn isn't the very first search suggestion when someone goes to Google. In fact, Google makes attempts to prevent porn from accidentally popping up with it's "safe-mode" feature. In addition, pornography is usually paid for and sold to people over the age of 18, and although there are websites that share pornographic videos for free, it takes some kind of searching to find them. Therefore, anyone who is watching pornography is not being exposed to it, but rather searching for it on their own accord. So what about the children who may wander onto a pornographic website? One may say that pornography is harmful to children, but in the words of Danny Frederick, "
There are many things which are harmful to children, e.g. alcohol, tobacco, medicines, sharp implements, guns, etc. It is the responsibility of adults to see that children do not come into contact with these things.." it is quite obvious that if a young child comes into contact with pornography, there is obviously something wrong with the parenting. It takes effort to come in contact with pornography. In conclusion, watching/participating in pornography is an activity that is only practiced by certain people, not all of society.

Contention 2: U.S. citizens are entitled to freedom of speech and expression. Although it may be hard to believe, pornography is a form of expression. According to philosopher Danny Frederick, "
Written or spoken pornography is an instance of speech, and all pornography is an instance of expression...," Frederick goes on to say, "..All speech is expression, but some forms of expression (e.g.moving images) are not speech." by observing the statements provided, it is easy to conclude that pornography would easily fall under the definition of a basic human right to speech and expression. By denying pornography you are in effect denying basic human rights, and according to Frederick, "one who would deny freedom of expression is committed to the creation of the machinery of censorship and suppression. This machinery is a loose cannon: once it exists, it can be commandeered by one’s political opponents. So even if it is currently being used to suppress speech or expression that you do not like, there is no guarantee that it will not later be used to suppress things you do like." What goes around comes around. Let's leave it at that.

Contention 3: Pornography is not degrading to women. Although this sounds faulty, it happens to be true. When analyzing what porn really is and what it's centered around it's adult entertainment. It's engineered to be appealing to human beings, but that doesn't mean only men watch it. There are numerous females who watch porn, (ever heard of female friendly porn? It focuses on men and romance for the entertainment of women. Oh, and would you care to speak on behalf of "50 Shades of Grey" a bestseller written by a woman read by women?) it's not just "a guy thing". Also I think that the argument is flawed based solely on the fact that it focuses on heterosexual pornography. While heterosexual pornography may be enjoyable for a good percentage of the population, homosexual porn still exists. Is porn degrading to men as well? It takes two people to have sex, yet people only pay attention to one. According to feminist Wendy McElroy, "...every woman has the right to define what is degrading and liberating for herself." I think that it's almost necessary to recognize that women in pornography are over the age of 18 and are more than capable of making decisions, by no means are they forced into this. The same goes for men. McElroy also states, "The assumed degradation is often linked to the "objectification" of women: that is, porn converts them into sexual objects. What does this mean? If taken literally, it means nothing because objects don't have sexuality; only beings do. But to say that porn portrays women as "sexual beings" makes for poor rhetoric. Usually, the term sex objects means showing women as body parts, reducing them to physical objects. What is wrong with this? Women are as much their bodies as they are their minds or souls. No one gets upset if you present women as "brains" or as spiritual beings. If I concentrated on a woman's sense of humor to the exclusion of her other characteristics, is this degrading? Why is it degrading to focus on her sexuality?" To add on to McElroy's statement, I'd like to ask why does sex have a negative connotation today? In today's society we're taught that sex is a terrible thing, when in reality, it's not.

In conclusion, pornography poses to immediate threat to society and it should not be abolished.

Sources:

Wendy McElroy-
http://www.secularhumanism.org...


Danny Frederick-
http://www.libertarian.co.uk...
ScarletGhost4396

Pro

ScarletGhost4396 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jd325494523

Con

Contention 4: YOLO
ScarletGhost4396

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
jd325494523

Con

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ScarletGhost4396

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
jd325494523

Con

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ScarletGhost4396

Pro

ScarletGhost4396 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by jd325494523 4 years ago
jd325494523
I'm really sorry for the long wait, I'm about halfway done with my case.
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Vote Placed by socialpinko 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Arguments obviously will got to Con for making an argument whereas Pro never even attempted to respond to the contentions. Conduct taken from Con though for saying YOLO. I don't even....