Contesting Pornography: Terministic Catharsis and Definitional Argument
Argumentation and Advocacy
This essay focuses on the debates over the MacKinnon-Dworkin Anti-Pornography Ordinance to explore one instance of definitional argument: the attempt to effect a redefinition. Using Burke's critical matrix of the pentad as a framework, I argue that advocates for a definitional shift created the possibility for a “terministic catharsis” by simultaneously locating pornography in multiple locations on the pentad, highlighting its act/agent/agency fonctions.
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DOI of published version
Palczewski, Catherine Helen, "Contesting Pornography: Terministic Catharsis and Definitional Argument" (2001). Faculty Publications. 3541.