Robert Jensen a été de tous les combats contre la censure et l’ordre moral. Il a toujours défendu bec et ongles la liberté d’expression, arguant que ce n’est pas parce qu’une expression nous déplait qu’elle doit pour autant être censurée…

Aujourd’hui Jensen revient sur sa défense de la pornographie, arguant que l’argument libertarien a permis de créer un espace dans lequel des exploiteurs prospèrent, donnant une image toujours plus dégradée de la femme, qui finit par influencer lourdement l’attitude générale des hommes vis à vis des femmes dans la société

Pornography and the End of Masculinity

[ Don Hazen, AlterNetSeptember 22, 2007]

In his new book, Robert Jensen forces the reader to face the music about the effects of a porn industry gone gonzo and the need to reassess the trappings of masculinity as the source of increased violence against and degradation of women.

I have always been part of the collective liberal progressive libertarian value system that accepts pornography as a legitimate expression of the First Amendment. Part of that thinking is that women participate in porn films of their own free will and that porn often represents fantasies — though sometimes quasiviolent or degrading — that people actually have. So as long as people are merely acting in porn films and there is no coercion, or law-breaking, it is acceptable.

But I’ve changed my mind. No, I’m not a prude, or anti-sex. Nor do I think there should be a national campaign to snuff out all porn. In fact, I sometimes watch certain kinds of porn. But what has become clear to me is that, under the guise of the First Amendment, a huge and powerful porn industrial complex has grown out of control. And a big part of its growth is fueled, not just by the internet, but by continually upping the ante, increasing the extremes of degradation for the women in tens of thousands of films made every year. I am convinced, although it is, of course, difficult to document, that the huge audiences for porn and the pervasiveness of the themes and behaviors of degradation are having a negative impact on the way men behave and the way society treats women.

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