In “Let’s Put Pornography Back in the Closet,” Brownmiller discusses her views on the First Amendment and pornography. She explains that pornography has become a disturbingly common sight and there should be some type of restrictions put forth to protect the people who are subject to seeing such obscene materials. Brownmiller uses her feminist views to convince the reader that these restrictions are needed, but only in cases dealing with pornographic material. She uses examples of court cases dealing with banned materials to show when the First Amendment was being used correctly to protect obscene works of art.
Susan Brownmiller’s essay is directed towards the publishers of pornography, who knowingly publish for the public to see on a day-to-day basis. With this audience, her argument is mostly ineffective because of her harsh diction that does not appeal to the opposite sex. Other reasons the essay is ineffective are because of the sudden change in tone and scattered essay structure that leads the audience to become confused by unclear thoughts.
Brownmiller is compelled to write about this unrestricted pornography because publishers have made it where anywhere people go, these obscene pictures are to be seen. Also, the author specifically names certain pornographic magazines, such as, Hustler, Penthouse, and Playboy, stating that the courts are confused by the pictures that are published within these magazines because of how artfully they are done (59). This proves that Brownmiller’s intended audience is the publishers instead of legislatures, because she has no faith that the legislatures can change what is happening. Therefore, she directs this essay to the publishers of pornography, because they have the most direct power to change what they are doing.
One of the reasons Brownmiller’s essay is ineffective is because of the sudden change in tone. The author starts the essay...