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The censorship of pornography has been an issue under constant debate in our society There are many arguments for and against the censorship of pornographic materials Advocates for freedom of expression feel that increased censorship violates many basic human rights and consequently may harm our society They believe in personal choice and that any action is lawful as long as it brings no harm to others Supporters of an increase in censorship are rooted in the belief that such material may cause direct andor indirect detriments to society They believe that enabling people primarily men to view degrading and violent material to women and sometimes children will increase their likelihood of them acting out on women and children and make the world a more dangerous place for those groups to live The purpose of this essay is to present the issues of those who are for censorship and those who are opposed to it and to present some of the arguments they put forth to support their position on the subject Those groups who are opposed to censorship include Liberals and Feminists more specifically radical libertarian feminists Liberals oppose any abridgment of the freedom of speech through government censorship regulation or control of communications which includes books magazines movies the internet and pornography Liberals believe that the censorship of pornography is a violation of the liberty of expression and freedom of speech that every person is entitled to Liberals believe that a person should be free to do whatever he or she chooses to do as long as it does not harm themselves or any other individuals For Liberals pornography is encompassed within this Harm Principle They believe that those people who make pornographic videos should be able to do so as long has it is done in a lawful way and does not cause harm to others stores should be able to rent and sell the pornographic videos without interference as long as
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