Among the many topics explored by the philosophy of sexuality are procreation, contraception, celibacy, marriage, adultery, casual sex, flirting, prostitution, homosexuality, masturbation, seduction, rape, sexual harassment, sadomasochism, pornography, bestiality, and pedophilia. What do all these things have in common? All are related in various ways to the vast domain of human sexuality. That is, they are related, on the one hand, to the human desires and activities that involve the search for and attainment of sexual pleasure or satisfaction and, on the other hand, to the human desires and activities that involve the creation of new human beings.
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Pornography, Sex, and Feminism. Alan Soble. In this unabashed defense of pornography from a utilitarian-hedonist perspective, philosopher Alan Soble strongly rebuts both feminist and conservative critics. Soble demonstrates that neither conservative nor feminist critics of pornography show much acquaintance with the genre they criticize.
This suggests that purely political motives underlie their critiques instead of reasoned, objective arguments based on thorough empirical research. Soble also faults critics of pornography for their failure of empathy: they refuse to see pornographic images from the various perspectives of their viewers. In approaching these images literally, detractors promulgate the worst possible interpretation of pornography. Further, they do not do justice to the social and psychological research about pornography and its purported harms.
Conservatives and feminists manufacture their case against pornography and its consumers based on oversimplified interpretations of the images and a poor understanding of scientific studies.
This sardonic and well-reasoned critique of feminist and conservative moral outrage over pornography is sure to be controversial. Two Dehumanization Objectification Illusion. Three Sluts Facials Shitting. Prometheus Books.
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He taught at the University of New Orleans from to In the late s he began to help articulate the fledgling specialty of the philosophy of sex, becoming one of the founding scholars and leaders of the field. In subsequent years, Soble has edited or written many works in this field. In late he completed the central reference work in the philosophy of sex, Sex from Plato to Paglia.
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