Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Pornography: Human right or human rights violation?

Elisabet le Roux
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 2 | a847 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i2.847 | © 2010 Elisabet le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2010 | Published: 11 October 2010

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Elisabet le Roux, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


The article investigates the availability of pornographic media to under-aged users, specifically the already marginalised under-aged sector of the South African population. It argues that the availability of pornography is just another illustration of the systemic discrimination against this section of the population. Theoretical, non-experimental and clinical evidence illustrating the negative impact that the exposure to pornography has on children is presented against the background of the social reality of South Africa. The article finds that exposure to pornography leaves children even more vulnerable than they already are. The investigation of relevant legislation indicates that those who broadcast and/or sell pornography contravene South African law. The article concludes that the effects of pornography on children are far-reaching and potentially harmful. Children should be more effectively protected against exposure to pornography. Lastly, the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) and the possibilities of their effective involvement, is explored.


Pornography; children; mass media; television; South African law; faith based organisations


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