If asked to define pornography, most people would probably talk about

sexually explicit films, photographs and books, which are intended to

be sexually arousing. However, for many academic feminists, porn-

ography is something very different from this. For example, in Only

Words, Catharine MacKinnon writes:

Andrea Dworkin and I have proposed a law against pornography

that defines it as graphic sexually explicit materials that subordin-

ate women through pictures or words. . . . This definition includes

the harm of what pornography says – its function as defamation or

hate speech – but defines it and it alone in terms of what it does –

its role as subordination, as sex discrimination.