Philosophy：Contemporary Moral Problems
1. What does Altman mean by “sexual autonomy?” Why does he say that is the basis of the right to pornography?
2. How does Altman define pornography? Do you think this is a good definition?
3. How does Altman describe traditional sexual morality? Does his account seem accurate?
4. How does Altman describe liberal sexual morality? What are his reasons for supporting it rather than the traditional kind? Do you find them compelling? Explain.
5. Altman offers several reasons to dispute the alleged causal relation between pornography and sexual violence. Does he make a compelling case? If you think so, what do you think is his most compelling argument? If not, which is weakest?
6. What does he indicate many feminists assert regarding pornography and sexual equality? How does he respond to this claim? Do you find his argument compelling?
7. How does Altman respond to the claim that pornography is intrinsically abusive or degrading to its participants?
8. What suggestions does he make for protections against abuse that would be less restrictive than closing the industry?
9. What is his stance on the possibility that the existence of violent pornography may make it more difficult for women to achieve equality?
10. Summarize his central point (which is itself a summary of the preceding argument) in the concluding section. Do you agree that his argument supports this claim?