Explores the history and social aspects of pornography, discussing how it is made and distributed, its popularity and effect on modern culture, its influence on attitudes and crime, and current laws legislating the industry.
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A very short book, easily read in a day or two. Nathan comes across as partisan, not quite pro-pornography, but definitely anti-censorship...but not unreasonably so. The politics of pornography control are juxtaposed with the research on its impacts, with the former looking a little absurd. Interesting and readable, it suffers greatly from the passage of time since its original publication given the enormous advances made with the internet over the bare decade. But the core arguments against restrictions of pornography appear timeless, applying equally to the ribald engravings of pre-Gutenberg books all the way to the streaming internet pornography that is now ubiquitous.