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Should internet porn be banned?

An industry that should be banned for its harmful distortion of sex—or something we should look to reform? Our contributors debate

A piece of tape covers a laptop's webcam as a porn site of 'webcam girls' is displayed onscreen, in London. Photo: PA

Yes

Because the practicalities of porn are so unpleasant, its defenders tend to resort to either broad free speech arguments or narrow technicalities about the impossibility of a ban. Porn, we are told, may be dismaying, but it is part of the great commonwealth of utterances that must be permitted in a democracy; and in any case, the internet renders censorship futile. Both may be true.…

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