au: Ethics of porn are in the eye of the beholder by Kath Albury

In her 1979 monograph The Sadeian Woman, the late British feminist author Angela Carter suggests that the moral pornographer “might use pornography as a critique of current relations between the sexes”.Moral pornography, she argues, “might begin to penetrate to the heart of the contempt for women that distorts our culture”. Relations between men and women have shifted since the 1970s, and contemporary pornography reflects those shifts.My interest in pornography is not so much moral, as ethical. Many requests for media comment from me and my colleagues on the Understanding Pornography in Australia project have come from male journalists who express ambivalence, if not shame, about their own pornography consumption. Like many men (and men are still pornography’s primary audience), they are afraid that their use of pornography harms women. They worry about addiction, and are concerned that increased access to online pornography is impeding their ability to form relationships.http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/05/27/1180205070043.html

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