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Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties

Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties

by Catherine Itzin, Itzin
     
 

Does freedom of speech always play a more important role in society than the civil rights of certain members of that society? Is pornography an excuse to publish acts of violence? Many respected writers, both men and women, have contributed to this definitive collection of essays concerning pornography. Each has an individual view, but they all hold two beliefs in

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Does freedom of speech always play a more important role in society than the civil rights of certain members of that society? Is pornography an excuse to publish acts of violence? Many respected writers, both men and women, have contributed to this definitive collection of essays concerning pornography. Each has an individual view, but they all hold two beliefs in common: a passionate opposition to censorship and a vehement conviction that until pornography is eradicated, women's status can never be equal to men's. Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, these essays examine the possible causal links between pornography and rape, child abuse, and sexual inequality. Material from soft-porn to snuff movies is analyzed. This work includes interviews with alleged victims of pornography and professionals who have treated the alleged perpetrators of pornography-related violence. Contributors include Andrea Dworkin, Michael Moorcock, Catherine MacKinnon, James Check, Susanne Kappeler, Diana Russell, John Stoltenberg, Corinne Sweet, Tim Tate, and Ray Wyre. The Case Against Pornography is an important contribution to the anti-pornography debate.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Reading Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties is an unsettling experience for a libertarian....The evidence that pornography can produce harm is pretty compelling."—The Times (London)

"The most sophisticated anti-porn arguments can be found in Pornography: Women, Violence, and Civil Liberties, a vast and impressive volume edited by Catherine Itzin....It is a comprehensive survey of all the old arguments and an invaluable introduction to new feminist thinking."—Tribune

"The book does represent a new stage in the anti-pornography campaign, inching the argument out of the feminist world—where, arguably it has been resoundingly defeated—into the wider legislative area."—New Statesman

"An important and long promised collection of essays."—Everywoman

"Presents in a comprehensive fashion one side of the debate over the regulation of pornography....Those who are most strongly in favor of non-regulation owe it to themselves and their followers to engage seriously with the essays in this volume."—The Law and Politics Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198257554
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.51(d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Itzin is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Violence, Abuse and Gender Relations Research Unit, Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bradford. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Civil Liberties.

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