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WHAT IS PORNOGRAPHY?
“I shall not today attempt further
to define [obscenity]; and
perhaps I could never succeed in
intelligibly doing so. But I know it
when I see it….”
That famous statement, uttered
by the late Justice Potter Stewart
in 1973 when faced with a case
involving obscenity, illustrates the
difficulty of trying to determine
what constitutes obscene or
pornographic content. The term
“pornography” has no well-
defined meaning, certainly no
legal definition. And if a Supreme
Court justice had trouble defining
the nature of sexually explicit
material, how easy is it for the
rest of us—each of whom looks
at the world in a different way?
Lack of consensus is one reason
the subject of pornography is
such a contentious legal issue.
You Must Decide for Yourself
When it comes to judging
content, your definition of what’s
unacceptable, pornographic, or
even damaging to your children
might well differ from someone
else’s. One parent might feel that
exposure to violence is much
more harmful to children than
exposure to sexually explicit
material. Another might believe
that sexually explicit material
poses a moral danger. Some feel
it’s a matter of degree, others
remain unsure. Furthermore, not
everyone agrees on what
material is sexually explicit.* A
line drawing of a sexual organ in
a medical textbook might be
regarded differently than a
photograph of the same organ in
an adult magazine.
Even if the distinction were made
between extremely sexually
explicit imagery and, say,
responsible information on
sexual health, there are
ambiguous areas that are often
the center of parental, school,
church, and civic debate. These
include: sex education,
dimensions of sexual desire,
sexual orientation, sexually
suggestive advertisements,
content from mainstream art and
science , and celibacy sicussions.
Topics of Contention
Sex education: This is a highly
contentious subject that some
public schools avoid teaching
because parents have such
different perspectives on what
information is appropriate for
young people. The idea of
providing educational material
about sexuality often incites
debate.
Dimensions of sexual desire:
Opinions differ on how people
should behave romantically and
sexually. The traditional “script”
depicts romantic heterosexuality,
in which the male is active and
powerful, both in pursuit of a
female partner and in sexual
activity. The female is often
portrayed as passive and coy,
whose power lies in luring men.
Materials that explore
nontraditional roles, thereby
broadening choices that people
make about their sexuality, often
cause controversy.
Sexual orientation: Some
materials depict or describe what
it means to be lesbian or gay in
sexual orientation. What for
some people is a description of
positive feelings about one’s
orientation might for others be
an endorsement of an
unacceptable lifestyle. Some
parents, however, find such
material useful in helping their
children explore aspects of their
own sexuality.
Sexually suggestive
advertisements: Mainstream
media have grown more sexually
suggestive. Materials such as
Victoria’s Secret ads and Sports
Illustrated’s swimsuit issues, for
example, make some parents
uneasy and others angry about
what they consider
inappropriate material. Others
consider this material to be
completely harmless, or they
aren’t offended by how it depicts
women.
Content from mainstream art
and science: Some people might
consider some graphic elements
used in these disciplines
pornographic. For example, a
plaque carried on Pioneer 10, the
first space probe to leave the
solar system, was called
pornographic by some because it
included nude human figures.
Others object to images of
classical Greek and Roman
statues or other depictions of
nudity; for example, Leonardo da
Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. And there
are parents who don’t consider
any of this improper.
Celibacy discussions: Underage
adolescents wishing to remain
celibate might engage in sexually
explicit discussions with like-
minded others in order to deal
with questions and feelings
associated with managing their
sexual desire and dealing with
peer and media pressure.


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