Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape

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In this uncompromising volume, Diana E Russell examines the relationships between pornography, misogyny and rape, and contends that these relationships are indeed dangerous to women.

After defining pornography and considering the various types of pornographic material available, the author demonstrates that hatred of women is a predominant aspect of pornography, and that racist undercurrents are often exploited in visual pornography of all types. She then provides a rich body of statistical evidence that supports the argument that pornography is a cause of rape.

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Argues that there is a significant relationship among pornography, misogyny, and rape that is dangerous to women. The author substitutes descriptions of pornographic pictures for the actual pictures published in her previous book, . Topics include what is pornography, pornographic pictures as women hatred and as a cause of rape, and American public opinion. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761905240
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/13/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction: What Is Pornography?
Defining Pornography 3
Inconsistencies in Definitions 7
Types of Pornography 9
The Contents of Pornography 11
Don Smith's Study 11
Neil Malamuth and Barry Spinner's Study 13
Joseph Scott and Steven Cuvelier's Study 14
Joseph Slade's Study 15
T. S. Palys's Study 16
Park Elliott Dietz and Alan Sears's Study 17
Feminist Research 21
Gloria Cowan, Carole Lee, Daniella Levy, and Debra Snyder's Study 21
Gloria Cowan and Robin Campbell's Study 24
In Summary 26
The Circulation Rates for Selected Pornographic Magazines 27
Changes in Subscription Rates Over Time 28
Estimating the Percentage of American Male Consumers of Pornography Magazines 31
Pt. II Pornographic Pictures as Woman Hatred
Picturing Woman Hatred 37
What's in the Picture and What Does It Mean? 40
Cartoons 40
Racist and Anti-Semitic Pornography 51
Photographic Pornography 64
Femicidal Pornography 98
Conclusion 109
Pt. III Pornography as a Cause of Rape
Pornography Is No Fantasy 113
Males' Propensity to Rape 114
Pornography as a Cause of Rape: Theory and Research 118
The Meaning of "Cause" 120
I The Role of Pornography in Predisposing Some Males to Want to Rape 122
Children's Exposure to Pornography and Their Imitative Behavior 126
II The Role of Pornography in Undermining Some Males' Internal Inhibitions Against Acting Out Their Desire to Rape 132
III The Role of Pornography in Undermining Some Males' Social Inhibitions Against Acting Out Their Desire to Rape 140
IV The Role of Pornography in Undermining Potential Victims' Abilities to Avoid or Resist Rape 142
Further Empirical Findings on Pornography as a Cause of Rape 145
Further Evidence of Harm 145
Pt. IV Conclusion
Introduction 155
The Irrationality of Pro-Porn Feminists 156
American Public Opinion on Pornography 157
Public Opinion on the Impact of Pornography 158
Public Opinion on Americans' Desire for Greater Legal Restrictions on Pornography 161
The Power of Pro-Porn Americans to Dominate the Majority of Anti-porn Americans 162
Public Opinion Data 162
Conclusion 166
App. 1 Directories' Disparate Pornography Magazine Subscription Rates 171
App. 2 Public Opinion Polls on Pornography 172
Is Pornography Harmful? 172
Desire for Greater Legal Restrictions on Pornography 178
App. 3 Feminist Anti-Pornography Education and Activist List 183
References 187
Index 195
About the Author 205
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