Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts  

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"Some, it seems, have their attitudes and behavior altered by it in ways that ultimately hurt women: they can become more likely to view women as inferior, more disposed to accept rape myths (for example, that women enjoy rape), more likely to view rape victims as deserving of their treatment, and more likely to say that they themselves would rape if they could get away with it. So I interpret the available evidence. See Edward Donnerstein, Daniel Linz, and Steven Penrod, The Question of Pornography : Research Findings and Policy Implications."

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Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts (1993) is a text by Rae Langton which centers on Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon's anti-pornography stance.

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"Pornography is speech. So the courts declared in judging it protected by the First Amendment. Pornography is a kind of act. So Catharine MacKinnon declared in arguing for laws against it.' Put these together and we have: pornography is a kind of speech act. In what follows I take this suggestion seriously."

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