Erotica v Pornography

Cages.Consider a birdcage.If you look very closely at just one wire in the cage, you cannot see the other wires.If your conception of what is before you is determined by this myopic focus, you could look at that one wire, up and down the length of it, and be unable to see why a bird would not just fly around the wire anytime it wanted to go somewhere.It is only when you step back, stop looking at the wires one by one…and take a macroscopic view of the whole cage, that you can see why the bird does not go anywhere; and then you will see it in a moment.It will require no great subtlety of mental powers.It is perfectly obvious that the bird is surrounded by a network of systematically related barriers, no one of which would be the least hindrance to its flight, but which, by their relations to each other, are as confining as the solid walls of a dungeon.
It is safe to assume that every man and woman in America has seen some sort of pornography, whether it is a Calvin Klein billboard, or the latest issue of Playboy.The two may seem unrelated, but the link is that they both objectify women.People who view this material transform the human in the picture into an object of desire, an object that they wish to possess.As with everything, there are opponents to this sort of pornography, one of which is the feminist movement.A key player in this movement is Gloria Steinem, who has founded several women’s foundations and written two books about women’s rights.As a feminist, one of the things Steinem believes is that women are in a social position underneath men, and that there are several factors that contribute to this position, one of which is pornography.
In Gloria Steinem’s essay ‘Erotica vs. Pornography’, pornography is seen as objectifying women, and in doing so continues to keep them in a position of sublimation. She tries to prove that eradicating pornography would eliminate social injustices against women.S…

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