Pornography In America

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From the prosecution of birth control information as indecent to the explicit sexual offerings on the Internet, sexual expression and pornography have always been part of American culture. Today, conservatives and feminists fight, and the Supreme Court protects this $8 billion industry.

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"This volume can be recommended with enthusiasm to libraries serving the general public, secondary schools, and colleges."


American Reference Books Annual

"Future researchers will be indebted to Slade for putting together a volume that succinctly discusses many issues about pornography. Every reference library should have this resource on hand."


Ohioana Quarterly

Continues the series of resources for undergraduate and high schools students on contemporary social and political issues. Slade (telecommunications, Ohio U.) presents an introduction to the debate, history and genres, a chronology, biographical sketches, documents and statistics, a directory of organizations, print and nonprint reference materials, and a glossary without pronunciation guides. There are no pictures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070857
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/11/2000
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,494,425
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
1 Introduction 1
The Cultural Dynamics of Sexual Expression 1
Cautious Definitions 3
Pornography as Folklore, or Why Pornography Is Important 5
Pornography as Technology: Learning Control 7
Pornography, Communication, and Politics: Three Views 11
Pornography as Supporter of the Status Quo 11
Pornography as Revolutionary 13
Pornography as Market-driven Commodity 16
Public Decorum versus Private Fantasy: The Trashing of Manners 18
The Feminist Critique 23
Censors 26
Research on Pornography 30
Law and Sexual Representation 32
Criminal Aspects of Pornography 36
Connections with Organized Crime 36
Child Pornography 37
Notes 40
2 History and Genres of Pornography 49
Sexual Speech and Folklore 49
Erotic Newspapers and Magazines 56
Erotic Literature 65
Erotic Art 73
Erotic Performance 81
Erotic Photography 91
Erotic Motion Pictures and Videotapes 100
Erotic Electronic Media 109
Dial-a-Porn Services 109
Broadcasting 110
Cablecasting and Satellites 113
Computers and the Internet 115
Notes 119
3 Chronology 141
4 Biographical Sketches 167
5 Documents and Statistics 203
Court Decisions 203
Regina v. Hicklin 203
People v. Doris 204
Mutual Film Corp. v. Industrial Commission of Ohio 204
Halsey v. New York Society for the Suppression of Vice 205
United States v. One Book Called "Ulysses," 206
United States v. One Book Entitled Ulysses by James Joyce (Random House Inc.) 206
Hannegan, Postmaster General v. Esquire, Inc. 207
Joseph Burnstyn, Inc., v. Wilson, Commissioner of Education of New York 208
Butler v. Michigan 209
Roth v. United States 209
Excelsior Pictures Corp. v. Regents of the University of the State of New York 211
Kingsley Int'l Pictures Corp. v. Regents of the University of the State of New York 211
Smith v. California 212
Manual Enterprises, Inc., v. Day, Postmaster General 212
Jacobellis v. Ohio 213
Ginzburg v. United States 214
Memoirs v. Massachusetts 214
Redrup v. New York 215
Stanley v. Georgia 215
Miller v. California 216
Paris Adult Theatre v. Slaton 217
Jenkins v. Georgia 218
Young, Mayor of Detroit, v. American Mini-Theatres, Inc. 219
FCC v. Pacifica Foundation 219
Schad v. Borough of Mt. Ephraim 221
American Booksellers Association, Inc., v. William H. Hudnut III, Mayor, City of Indianapolis 222
American Booksellers, Inc., v. Commonwealth of Virginia 223
Renton v. Playtime Theatres 224
Barnes v. Glen Theater, Inc. 225
Jacobson v. United States 226
Alexander v. United States 226
Austin v. United States 227
American Civil Liberties Union v. Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States 227
Janet Reno v. ACLU 228
Laws and Legislation 228
The First Amendment (1791) 228
The Fourteenth Amendment (1868) 229
The Indianapolis Ordinance (1984) 229
Section 2257, 18 U.S. Code (1995) 230
The Communications Decency Act (1996) 231
Reports 231
The Report of the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (1970) 231
The Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography (1986) 232
The Economics of Pornography 234
Pornographic Magazines and Books 234
Pornographic Films and Videos 236
Broadcast and Cable Media 237
Dial-a-Porn Services 237
The Internet 238
Performance 239
Notes 240
6 Directory of Organizations 243
7 Print and Nonprint Reference Materials 261
Books 261
Bibliographies 290
Essays in Edited Volumes 293
Magazine and Journal Articles 296
Periodicals 301
Videotapes and Films 302
Glossary 309
Index 321
About the Author 351
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