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A Summary And Response To An Article Regarding Pornography

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Summary and Response"Why We Must Put Up with Porn" by Susan Isaacs The editorial "Why We Must Put Up with Porn" by Susan Isaacs is about pornography and the Constitution. The First Amendment states that we, as American citizens, have the freedom of speech. "To have the speech we love, we must defend the speech we hate," Isaacs voices.Isaacs states in her article, that there is no proof that pornography contributes to criminal behavior. Research has not established a link between violence and pornography. She brings up a past case, that of the serial killer Ted Bundy. He was quoted as saying "A lifetime of reading pornography, made him the monster he was." Furthermore, she goes on to state that it was an easy way out. That because he used pornography as an excuse, it would clear him responsibility for what he did. Hence, serving a lessened jail time.Isaacs brings forth yet another point. Who has the power to judge what's appropriate for all? Who has the right to speak for all of humankind? There is no possible way we can hand over the power to someone to decide what's appropriate for all. No one on earth can possibly decide what's right and wrong and what we can and cannot see.What Isaacs has done in this article is explain the reasons why pornography cannot be banned. The most evident reason is that of the First Amendment, the freedom of speech. Second, researchers have not established a link between pornography and violent behavior. Finally, no one has the power to decide what is appropriate for all.I totally agree with what Isaacs has stated in her article. Who has the power to decide what's right or wrong? Jerry Falwell of the religious right, or Ron Jeremy pornography director? The answer is no one. After all, we live in a democracy and are entitled to "freedom of speech" by the First Amendment. The First Amendment, states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."(Wasserman) It protects pornography and therefore pornography cannot be censored.A politician could be used as an example. If a corporation sells pornography, what right does a politician have to tell that corporation that pornography is immoral? Maybe, according to the politician, it is immoral, but the politician's morals may differ from those of John Doe, who purchases these types of things. Could the politician be confusing issues of morality with taste? It's not the politician's job to address taste. We are all humans, and we all have different tastes. There are people who like and buy pornography, and there are people who are absolutely disgusted by it. Of course it is a matter of taste. It's similar to that of someone who likes coke, and then again someone who hates it. The first persons' taste enjoys Coke, whereas the second persons'...

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