You have probably heard the position that "we should not censor pornography -- you are either for free speech for things you don't like, or you are against free speech".

And on the one hand, I agree with that. I don't think Nazi propaganda should be censored, or even holocaust deniers, though my own family was killed in the Holocaust (in fact, from a practical point of view, not censoring helps us find and respond to such things, better than censoring them..but I like to think that from a principled point of view I'd support free speech even if that practical side wasn't coming out on the same side of the ledger)

But on the other hand, I don't use the same ACLU style of thinking "well we support free speech for pornography even if we don't like most/some/all of it" and I have heard very few express it the way I see it (though I'm sure I'm not the only one) which is: I don't accept the phrase "pornography" as a useful one for discussing issues.

I'll be brief here, so in a nutshell, we should use a term like "commercial, corporate-produced erotica" (CCPE) and even that might be more accurately called "commercial, corporate-produced sexually explicit media" (CCPSEM). Now, it then becomes possible to have a meaningful discussion and, I'm inclined to believe, to have more of a chance of two (or ten) parties to come to an agreement about what they think about CCPSEM (97% of which is cr*p in my opinion..I was going to say 99 but I'm feeling generous).

On the other hand, one can speak of "Erotica" more broadly, or "sexually explicit media" (SEM) broadly. Well, then one can either (a) dislike CCPSEM and support SEM, which is a good first approximation to my own view or (b)one can argue that the same criticism or even censorship, they want to apply to SEM, not just to CCPSEM. But in that case, I would say to them, use the term CCPSEM, and/or SEM, and make your case, based on those things, rather than using an emotionally-charged term like "pornography". It's like the word "bastard" -- it's an emotionally charged way of saying, "the parents were not married at the time of birth" That's in a nutshell what my view is, or really, not fully my view so much as what I think is a prerequisite to have meaningful conversations about those issues. Unfortunately, most of the time both sides accept the use of the term "pornography" or "porn" which means we have much less of the discussion actually be carefully thought out and meaningful and precisely expressed... (I've just added the last few paragraphs to my online files...)