Please write a proper legal definition of pornography?
#32076. Asked by Chuck. (Apr 21 03 10:41 PM)
'Defining pornography is complicated mainly because the way it is used in common language or defined in dictionaries is much different than the legal definition of the term. Generally speaking, pornography should be differentiated from obscenity, which is associated with things that are some how repulsive to the senses and is the term most often used in laws dealing with illegal pornography |
The Encyclopedia of Ethics, defines pornography as 'the sexually explicit depiction of persons, in words or images, created with the primary, proximate aim, and reasonable hope, of eliciting significant sexual arousal on the part of the consumer of such.
VanDeBeer, Donald. 1992. 'Pornography.' Encyclopedia of Ethics. New York: Garland Publishing
The Supreme Court of Canada...in considering the case of Butler v. the Queen, 1992, divided pornography into three categories:
explicit sex with violence;
explicit sex without violence but treats people in a degrading or dehumanizing way and;
explicit sex that is neither violent nor degrading or dehumanizing (Sopinka 1997, 185).
Of the three, only the first two are subject to criminal sanction as they fall outside of what is generally tolerable in society.
The depiction of children in any category will be considered obscene sex.
Sopinka, J. 1997. 'Donald Victor Butler v. Her Majesty the Queen, 1992.' In Contemporary moral issues. 183-89. 4th ed. Edited by Wesley Cragg and Christine M. Koggel. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson'
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