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Censorship Of Pornography In Canada

            Our society frequently focuses on the obscenity that is centred in media and literature as a reason for the social inequalities that exist. Many feminists, along with politicians, have taken a stance against pornography, but just as many have taken a different side, the anti-censorship stance. The denotative meaning of censorship is the examination of books, letters, movies, etc. and the removal of anything thought not right for the community to see or hear. In other words, censorship takes away the right of the individual to decide what is appropriate for them to see or hear. What might offend one person may not offend another person, and it is unjust to prohibit someone from reading or seeing "inappropriate- material based on the opinion of someone else. There have been two major legal cases in Canada that have dealt with censorship laws of obscene materials, and have been the reasoning for the current legislation placed on so-called "degrading- materials. Pornography needs to be approached with open minds, knowing that a freedom of expression has been granted upon all citizens in our society. .
             Censorship is a concept that people do not want to discuss since it only reminds them that governments have power and frequently use it in all aspects of their lives. The government has burnt books, trashed bookstores, and put many owners out of business or in jail, all for censoring obscene material' from the public. "What the state can do to a piece of paper, it can do to the human body- (Califia 1995:9-10). Pat Califia refers to all the obscene material in our nation as "the forbidden-, and believes that the forbidden is needed in society for it to function as well as possible. She finds that it seems like we have full access to the forbidden, through cable TV shows or the internet, but in reality the media that we can easily access is "homogenized and sanitized- (Califia 1995:11).

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