DPhil Seminar (Wednesday - Week 3, HT23)

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This paper explores the requirements of consent for pornography to be genuinely ethical. I discuss the scope of sexual integrity and explore some puzzles about the nature of sexual contracts. I ultimately argue that the consumption of pornographic materials requires the ongoing consent of the performers, who I argue have a right to withdraw consent from consumption of their material. I argue that these considerations render most pornography contracts unjust and invalid, and conclude that genuinely ethical porn would require a radical overhaul of the industry. I finally conclude that until such changes can be made, the private consumption of pornography is almost always wrongful.   

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DPhil Seminar Convenor: Mariona Miyata - Sturm