Constitutionally protected speech that is Clearly sexual abuse is discriminating and
unconstitutional, therefore, must be restricted speech. Catherine A. MacKinnon, in her book
“Only Words” gives persuading evidence that pornography subordinates women as a group
through sexual abuse. She says “Protecting pornography means protecting sexual abuse as
speech, at the same time that both pornography and it’s protection have deprived women of
speech, especially speech against pornography (MacKinnon, 9). MacKinnon argues this bye
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protected it becomes. The more pornography expands, the more protected it becomes.
Therefore, the more pornography is produced, the more unequal women become, and there
speech is less heard and reduced to “Only words”. (MacKinnon) Women are then left to
If true equality between male and female persons is to be achieved, we cannot ignore
the threat to equality resulting from exposure to audiences of certain types of violent
and degrading material.