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Would John Stuart Mill have regulated pornography?

McGlynn, C. and Ward, I. (2014) 'Would John Stuart Mill have regulated pornography?', Journal of law and society., 41 (4). pp. 500-522.

Abstract

John Stuart Mill dominates contemporary pornography debates where he is routinely invoked as an authoritative defence against regulation. This article, by contrast, argues that a broader understanding of Mill's ethical liberalism, his utilitarianism, and his feminism casts doubt over such an assumption. New insights into Mill's approach to sex, sexual activity, and the regulation of prostitution reveal an altogether more nuanced and activist approach. We conclude that John Stuart Mill would almost certainly have accepted certain forms of pornography regulation and, in this light, we argue that Mill can provide the foundation for new, liberal justifications of some forms of pornography regulation.

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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2014.00683.x
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: McGlynn, C. and Ward, I. (2014), Would John Stuart Mill have Regulated Pornography?. Journal of Law and Society, 41 (4): 500–522, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2014.00683.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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