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Pornography, racial, and sexual harassment and hate speech are acts of intimidation, subordination, terrorism, and discrimination, and should be legally treated as such. A powerful indictment of a legal system at odds with itself--with the First Amendment promoting the very inequalities the Fourteenth Amendment is supposed to end.
This little book might as well come with a fuse and matches, lighting a fire as it does under the complacent acceptance of pornography and inequality, racial and sexual, in this country.
— Susan Salter Reynolds
MacKinnon's book is an eloquent plea to Americans to move beyond what she sees as the prejudiced limitations of current doctrine, in particular of current liberal doctrine.
— Bernard Williams
Only Words is a deftly crafted indictment of an absolutist free-speech doctrine that is applied hypocritically and inconsistently to protect pornography and other acts of inequality.
— Amy Willard Cross
In Only Words...Catharine MacKinnon makes a compelling, lucid and concise argument for reframing the debate [over limiting pornography].
— Nina Schuyler
[This book] will almost certainly reconfigure the national debate over pornography, harassment, free speech, and equality. It merits careful study by scholars in rhetoric, communication, free speech, women's studies, and law—in fact, by anyone wishing to participate in the political and legal process as an informed citizen.
— Lester Olson
Only words, yet look at the responses, look at the rage directed toward the professor. These responses and the anger and fear that lurk within them have in a sense become part of the text of Only Words; to read them is to read a part of what MacKinnon aimed to show...MacKinnon's words have engendered real abuse, directed at her as a woman. In short, she has proved her point.
— David C. Dinielli
I. Defamation And Discrimination
II. Racial And Sexual Harassment
III. Equality And Speech