Abstract

Although others have focused on Catharine MacKinnon's claim that pornography subordinates and silences women, I here focus on her claim that pornography constructs women's nature and that this construction is, in some sense, false. Since it is unclear how pornography, as speech, can construct facts and how constructed facts can nevertheless be false, MacKinnon's claim requires elucidation. Appealing to speech act theory, I introduce an analysis of the erroneous verdictive and use it to make sense of MacKinnon's constructionist claims. I also show that the erroneous verdictive is of more general interest.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 23-49
Launched on MUSE
2005-07-14
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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