Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198257554
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Fact, Fiction and Faction 1
Pt. 1 The Pornography Industry and Its Product 25
1 'Entertainment for Men': What It Is and What It Means 27
Pt. 2 Pornography and Power 55
2 Pornography and the Social Construction of Sexual Inequality 57
3 Pornography and Capitalism: The UK Pornography Industry 76
4 Pornography: The Representation of Power 88
5 Pornography and Racism: Sexualizing Oppression and Inciting Hatred 102
6 Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse 113
7 Maintaining Male Power: Why Heterosexual Men Use Pornography 124
8 Pornography, Homophobia and Male Supremacy 145
9 Pornography and the Politics of Lesbianism 166
10 Pornography and Addiction: A Political Issue 179
Pt. 3 Pornography and Evidence of Harm 201
11 The Child Pornography Industry: International Trade in Child Sexual Abuse 203
12 Images of Children in the Media: 'Soft Kiddie Porn' 217
13 Women's Experience of Pornography: UK Magazine Survey Evidence 222
14 Pornography and Sexual Violence: Working with Sex Offenders 236
15 The Experimental Research Evidence: Effects of Pornography on the 'Average Individual' 248
16 The Social Science and Psychological Research Evidence: Perceptual and Behavioural Consequences of Exposure to Pornography 284
17 Pornography and Rape: A Causal Model 310
18 The Effects of Violent Pornography, Nonviolent Dehumanizing Pornography, and Erotica: Some Legal Implications from a Canadian Perspective 350
19 On the Question of Pornography and Sexual Violence: Moving Beyond Cause and Effect 359
20 Pornography and Pollution: An Environmental Analogy 384
Pt. 4 Pornography and the Law 399
21 Legislating Against Pornography without Censorship 401
22 A Legal Definition of Pornography 435
23 Pornography, Civil Rights and Speech 456
Pt. 5 Pornography, Censorship and Civil Liberties 513
24 Against the Male Flood: Censorship, Pornography and Equality 515
25 Working in the Ministry of Truth: Pornography and Censorship in Contemporary Britain 536
26 Pornography and Civil Liberties: Freedom, Harm and Human Rights 553
Appendices 587
1. Chronology of Anti-Pornography Initiatives in the UK 589
2. Extracts from Letter to the Council for Periodical Distributors Associations from Gray and Co., 5 June 1986 598
3. District Court of Ontario: R. v. Ross Wise, before the Hon. Judge H. R. Locke, Reasons for Judgment, June 1990 603
Select Bibliography 614
Organizations Concerned About or Active Against Pornography 634
Copyright Credits 636
About the Contributors 640
Index 647
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