Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (3):349–366 (2004)

Stephen Kershnar
Fredonia State University
Violation pornography is pornography where the depicted behavior includes unjust sexual acts, e.g., rape. In this paper I argue that it is unclear whether the enjoyment of violation pornography is bad for the viewer. My essay has three parts. First, I set out an account of flourishing. I adopt a composite account, whereby flourishing is a function of the degree to which an individual has pleasure and various objective-list elements. Objective-list elements are things (e.g., knowledge and meaningful relationships) that make my life go better independently of their effects on pleasure and desire-fulfillment. In the next two parts, I relate violation pornography to each component of flourishing. Thus, in the second part, I explore whether violation pornography promotes or hinders pleasure. In the third part I explore whether pornography is compatible with these objective-list elements, particularly virtue.
Keywords Pornography  Violation Pornography  Virtue  Well-Being  Flourishing  Vice  Rape Fantasy  Feminism
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9833.2004.00237.x
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