Pornography (Revised) / Edition 1

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The marketing of sexual products and services in cyberspace has propelled the pornography debate into new and unchartered territory. Congressmen and anti-porn activists are lobbying just as hard today against "cyberporn" as they were thirty years ago against "dirty" magazines.

An all new section in this revised edition of Pornography examines the booming computer sex business. "Pornography and the Internet" opens with the Supreme Court decision in Reno vs. ACLU, commentary from Justices Stevens and O'Connor, and includes seven works on the Communications Decency Act.

Pornography explores the battlelines drawn between those who argue in favor of censorship and those who defend free speech, including essays on defining pornography; social and psychological effects; the differences between pornography, erotica, and artistic expression; sexism, violent pornography, and women's rights.

Contributors include Harry Brod, Barbara Dority, Andrea Dworkin, Theodore A. Gracyk, Judith Hill, Helen E. Longino, Thomas Parker, Alan Soble, Gloria Steinem, George F. Will, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Offers a spectrum of opinions and arguments for and against the suppression of sexual explicit material, updated from the 1991 edition to reflect the shift of concern from print, telephones, and television to the Internet. The first section focuses on the legislative history of the 1995 Communications Decency Act and its 1997 death in the US Supreme Court. Others present feminist, libertarian, and religious perspectives and views on whether pornography does or does not cause violence. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922074
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Baird (Waco, TX) is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Baylor University. Stuart E. Rosenbaum is an associate professor of philosophy at Baylor. Together they edit the Contemporary Issues Series.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Communications Decency Act
1 The Legislative History of Senator Exon's Communications Decency Act: Regulating Barbarians on the Information Superhighway 21
2 Supreme Court Case: Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union 30
3 Commentary: The Communications Decency Act 56
4 Statement on the Supreme Court's Decision Declaring Unconstitutional the Communications Decency Act 59
5 You Figure It Out 63
6 Zoned Out 66
7 Give Me Liberty, but Don't Give Me Filth 71
8 Slouching Towards Gomorrah 75
9 Pornography Drives Technology: Why Not to Censor the Internet 80
Pt. 2 Feminist Perspectives
10 Erotic and Pornography: A Clear and Present Difference 89
11 Against the Male Flood: Censorship, Pornography, and Equality 94
12 Pornography and Degradation 100
13 Pornography and the Alienation of Male Sexuality 114
14 Pornography, Oppression, and Freedom: A Closer Look 122
15 Defamation and the Endorsement of Degradation 134
Pt. 3 Libertarian Perspectives
16 Feminist Moralism, "Pornography," and Censorship 149
17 Pornography as Representation: Aesthetic Considerations 155
18 The Case Against Censorship of Pornography 176
19 Redefining Obscenity 191
20 Liberty and Pornography 202
Pt. 4 Religious Perspectives
21 The Mental Poison 215
22 The Impact of Pornography on Marriage 221
23 Pornography and the Religious Imagination 229
Pt. 5 The Causal Issue
24 America's Slide into the Sewer 255
25 Elicitation of Violence: The Evidence 259
Selected Bibliography 283
Contributors 285
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