Although it is often assumed that all feminists are in favour of censoring pornography, they are perhaps more bitterly and more deeply divided on this issue than on any other. These divisions occur at a whole range of levels from tactical disagreements among feminists who advocate different ways of combating pornography, through debates over whether pornography is a cause or symptom of women’s subordination, to outright conflict between those who see pornography as the root of all oppression and those who celebrate it as a form of sexual freedom. These divisions have found political expression in the formation of pro- and anti-pornography and pro-and anti-censorship groups. They reflect deep-seated theoretical disagreements about the ability of the law to promote feminist ends, about the meaning of freedom and oppression, about the nature of human sexuality and about the relationship between representation and reality. They also frequently involve competing definitions of pornography itself.
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