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Feminist arguments against pornography focus on its role in reinforcing sexist views and attitudes, which, on one level, simply fail to treat women as serious human beings and, on another level, sanction and perhaps promote violence against women. These arguments reflect and are part of a broader attack on the character of sexual relationships in sexist societies. The arguments do not presuppose that sex is necessarily degrading or dehumanizing. Feminist criticisms of pornography instead focus upon its ideological role in maintaining gender relations that harm the status of women generally as well as the individual women victimized by the violence that is sanctioned and encouraged by pornographic materials.”

Hoffman, Eric. “Feminism, Pornography, and Law.” U of Pennsylvania Law Review. Vol. 133 No. 2. Jan. 1985: 497-534 (498-499). JSTOR. Web.

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