Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 319–323 | Cite as

Virtual child pornography: The eroticization of inequality

  • Neil Levy


The United States Supreme Court hasrecently ruled that virtual child pornographyis protected free speech, partly on the groundsthat virtual pornography does not harm actualchildren. I review the evidence for thecontention that virtual pornography might harmchildren, and find that it is, at best,inconclusive. Saying that virtual childpornography does not harm actual children isnot to say that it is completely harmless,however. Child pornography, actual or virtual,necessarily eroticizes inequality; in a sexistsociety it therefore contributes to thesubordination of women.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil Levy
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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