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Liberal Feminism The Glimmer of Hope Individualist Feminism A True defense of PornographyThe censorship of pornography has been an issue that has been under constant debate in our society There are many arguments for and against the censorship of pornographic materials In the broadest of explanations the argument supporting an increase in censorship is rooted in the belief that such material may cause direct andor indirect detriments to society Advocates for freedom of expression feel that increased censorship violates many basic human rights and consequently may harm our society In looking at a topic such as this one must take a close look at the positions of various individuals and groups At that point it will become apparent that the debate on this issue cannot be confined by the broad explanation given earlier As mentioned it is important to examine the views of specific individuals and groups in order to gain a better understanding of this topic For these purposes this paper will attempt to summarize and evaluate the position of the author Wendy McElroy The articles that will be examined are entitled Liberal Feminist Arguments Against Censorship and Individualist Feminism A True defense of Pornography McElroy discusses various issues concerning pornography as they pertain to feminism It is a popular belief that pornography through its negative portrayal of women has impeded the feminist movement What McElroy attempts to argue through her articles is that pornography does the exact opposite of this She attempts to explain that increased censorship of such materials in fact hinders the feminist movement In the article liberal feminism the glimmer of hope McElroy raises issues concerning the differences between the views of liberal and radical feminists as they pertain to the topic of pornography It is her view that liberal feminist organizations such as the FFE are responsible for strengthening the feminist movement through their strong anti-censorship stance The liberal feminist stance is one that supports anti-censorship consequently freedom
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