Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights

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NYU Press, 2000 - Law - 320 pages
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Reissued with a new foreword and introduction by the author

Traditional explanations of why pornography must be defended from would-be censors have concentrated on censorship's adverse impacts on free speech and sexual autonomy. In contrast, Nadine Strossen focuses on the women's rights-centered rationale for defending pornography.

  

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User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

Anti-porn campaigners are always highlighting issues of hardcore videos, human trafficking, drug abuses, poverty, underage performers, and the effects of long term porn use - issues that Strossen ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sherry Lee - Goodreads

This one is difficult for me to rate. I didn't like it, because of my anti-porn politics, but I acknowledge that is well written and the arguments well articulated. Mostly. She refers to anti ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword to the New Edition
vii
Introduction to the New Edition
xiii
Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
11
The Sex Panic and the Feminist Split
17
Sexual Speech and the Law
37
The Fatally Flawed Feminist Antipornography Laws
59
The Growing Suppression of Sexpression
83
Different Strokes for Different Folks The Panoply of Pornographic Imagination
141
Positive Aspects of Pornographic Imagery
161
Posing for Pornography Coercion or Consent?
179
WouldBe Censors Subordinate Valuable Works to Their Agenda
199
Lessons from Enforcement When the Powerful Get More Powerful
217
Why Censoring Pornography Would Not Reduce Discrimination or Violence against Women
247
Toward Constructive Approaches to Reducing Discrimination and Violence against Women
265
Notes
281

Revealing Views of Women Men and Sex
107
Defining Sexual Harassment Sexuality Does Not Equal Sexism
119

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About the author (2000)

A nationally renowned speaker and debater, NADINE STROSSEN is Professor of Law at New York Law School and President of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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