Ayn Rand on “hard-core” pornography

“I want to state, for the record, my own view of what is called ‘hard-core’ pornography. I regard it as unspeakably disgusting. I have not read any of the books or seen any of the current movies belonging to that category, and I do not intend ever to read or see them. The descriptions provided in legal cases, as well as the ‘modern’ touches in ‘soft-core’ productions, are sufficient grounds on which to form an opinion. The reason of my opinion is the opposite of the usual one: I do not regard sex as evil—I regard it as good, as one of the most important aspects of human life, too important to be made the subject of public anatomical display. But the issue here is not one’s view of sex. The issue is freedom of speech and of the press—i.e., the right to hold any view and to express it.

It is not very inspiring to fight for the freedom of the purveyors of pornography or their customers. But in the transition to statism, every infringement of human rights has begun with the suppression of a given right’s least attractive practitioners. In this case, the disgusting nature of the offenders makes it a good test of one’s loyalty to a principle.”

Ayn Rand, Free Speech

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  • Nashville SEO Firm  On May 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I thorough enjoy reading Ayn Rand’s philosophies on life. As a Christian, I find it humorous that she has the clearest and richest understanding of humanity as the crown of creation. I am appalled by the shame game preached in many churches.

  • proxywar  On March 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    She is correct. We should allow it to test our loyalty to principles.

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