The other night, I watched the new documentary, Miss Representation, a documentary which uses successful women (and men) to discuss how women are portrayed in visual mainstream media today. The documentary raises a lot of worthwhile questions, so a review will be forthcoming on Tuesday. But until Tuesday, I'd like to consider one of the questions the group of us wound up discussing after the viewing.
That question, as you might guess from the title of today's post, is whether pornography should be illegal. We all know Erica's answer to the question - a resounding no - and you might assume that my answer is an immediate across-the-board yes! but let's not oversimplify the issue. Yes, people should be free to express themselves, and material labeled pornographic by one group is often art or beach wear to another, so there are certainly issues with trying to ban anything pornographic - if I had my druthers, Twilight would be banned as pornographic.
But what about child pornography? And where is the line between pornography and prostitution? And where on Earth do we draw the line between art and pornography?
Dear readers, have at it!