Pornography: Women, Violence, and Civil Liberties

Pornography: Women, Violence, and Civil Liberties

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This book is not a diatribe against eroticism or a moral crusade to stamp out sex. Rather, it is an attack on the international industry in pornography which, in abusing and degrading women desensitizes people to the routine discrimination and violence that its opponents claim it engenders.

Including contributions by Catherine A. Mackinnon, Michael Moorcock, Andrea Dworkin, and Ray Wyre, these challenging, uncompromising, and passionate essays examine such topics as the different types of pornographic material, the possible links between pornography and rape, child abuse, and discrimination, the ineffectiveness of the Obscene Publications Act, and the need for legislation against pornography without censorship: to enable victims of pornography-related harm to seek redress and for
an equivalent to the Race Relations Act to permit the prosecution of cases of incitement to sexual hatred and violence.

Contributors: Peter Baker, Deborah Cameron, James V. P. Check, Andrea Dworkin, Michele Elliott, Aminatta Forna, Elizabeth Frazer, H. Patricia Hynes, I-Spy Productions, Catherine Itzin, Susanne Kappeler, Liz Kelly, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Michael Moorcock, Janice Raymond, Diana E. H. Russell, John Stoltenberg, Corinne Sweet, Tim Tate, James Weaver, and Ray Wyre.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 654 pages
  • 163 x 216 x 38mm | 907g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • tables
  • 0198257554
  • 9780198257554
  • 2,860,304

Table of contents

The pornography industry and its product; pornography and power; pornography and evidence of harm; pornography and the law; pornography, censorship and civil liberties.
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A solid new attack on pornography, which makes a convincing case for a causal link between hard-core pornography and violence to women. * The Sunday Times * Reading Pornography: Women, Violence, and Civil Liberties is an unsettling experience for a libertarian ... The evidence that pornography can produce harm is pretty compelling here. * Mary Ann Sieghart, The Times * 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. * Caroline Ellis, Tribune *
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About Catherine Itzin

Catherine Itzin is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Civil Liberties and co-ordinator of the Campaign Against Pornography and Censorship.
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