Critical Analysis of Let's Put Pornography Back in the Closet
Susan Brownwiller's essay "Let's Put Pornography Back in the Closet" discusses the topic about how pornography is degrading and abusive towards women and how the First Amendment has been used incorrectly on graphic pornographic content. "To equate the free and robust exchange of ideas and political debate with commercial exploitation of obscene material demeans the grand conception of the First Amendment ans its high purposes in the historic struggle for freedom. It is misuse of the great guarantees of free speech and free press."(Paragraph 3) The First amendment gives people the the right to free of speech and free of press, and in Brownmiller's opinion the nation is abusing that right. She agrees that "...the First Amendment was never intented to protect obscenity."(paragraph 14) but at the end of the story Brownwiller states that she wants "the legislatures decide-- using realistic and humane contemporary community standards-- what can be displayed and what cannot."(paragraph 15) The point she seems to be making is that
Brownmiller's purpose is to argue that "...pornography represents hatred of women"(paragraph 9) and how women are seen as sexual objects and how it “...humiliate, degrade and dehumanize the female body for purpose of erotic stimulation and pleasure"(paragraph 9) Which makes "rapist feel he is merely giving in to a normal urge"(paragraph 10), and making them safely think that they have done nothing wrong. Another argument that Brownmiller states is that pornography is seen as a form of art. In her opinion is that the porn industry is an "multimilliondollar business"(paragraph 11) that uses high standards of visual technology. Brownmiller believes that they get away with it because it is "skillfully filmed and edited”. (paragraph 11) In addition, she argues the opposition made by the court saying that no one is "compelled to look”. (paragraph 13) Her opinion is that with porn having the ability to put on display openly without restricting the explicit content, it would just trow itself to the public eyes.