Virtual child pornography: The eroticization of inequality

Neil Levy*

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The United States Supreme Court has recently ruled that virtual child pornography is protected free speech, partly on the grounds that virtual pornography does not harm actual children. I review the evidence for the contention that virtual pornography might harm children, and find that it is, at best, inconclusive. Saying that virtual child pornography does not harm actual children is not to say that it is completely harmless, however. Child pornography, actual or virtual, necessarily eroticizes inequality; in a sexist society it therefore contributes to the subordination of women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Feminism
  • Harm
  • Internet
  • Pornography


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