Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on Pornography by Diana E. H. Russell

By Diana E. H. Russell

"Making Violence horny" chronicles women's resistance to pornography during the last two decades. It does this in a set of feminist articles, together with stories by way of victims/survivors of pornography that jointly make a powerful case for the view that pornography (as targeted from erotica) reasons damage to ladies, together with acts of violence. the quantity is geared up into 4 components, the 1st of which supplies brilliant and relocating own debts of ways women's lives were broken through pornography. half supplies an outline of the current prestige of pornography in our society, in addition to the raging debate over pornography and censorship. half 3 info numerous fascinating and critical stories at the results of pornography, in addition to reviews of a few of the main influential non-feminist researchers. The concluding half then describes activities, either funny and grave, that feminists have hired of their struggle opposed to pornography. a number of the participants are: Andrea Dworkin, Patricia Hill Collins, Catharine MacKinnon, Gloria Steinem and John Stoltenberg. "Making Violence horny: Feminist perspectives on Pornography" will attract scholars and teachers of women's reports and sociology, political activists, public officers, social scientists, criminal and doctors - those that ponder pornography loose speech, and people who of it as obscene, and people who reflect on it a kind of discrimination opposed to girls. Women's reports lecturers should still locate it a great addition to their required studying lists, and people operating opposed to sexual violence might savour it as a chief, updated, and complete resource and suggestion.

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Who knows how many of the everyday amateurs are also trying or succeeding in marketing this new cottage industry. Computer pornography has been around since the early 1980s, at a cost of about $15 to $20 a software package (Erlich, 1989, p. 7). "One Los Angeles firm reportedly offered computer porn as a free bonus with bulk purchases of other software" (Erlich, 1989, p. 7). MacPlaymat has been by far the most popular pornographic computer game for some time, selling for about $50. This is how Reese Erlich describes it: "An animated, anatomically correct woman comes on the screen and says, 'Hello, I'm Maxie, your date from MacPlaymat.

Susan Wilhem 7. Testimony from Public Hearings on the Ordinance to Add Pornography as Discrimination Against Women 48 PART II: OVERVIEW 8. Pornography and Freedom 65 John Stoltenberg 9. Questions and Answers 78 Andrea Dworkin ir Catharine MacKinnon 10. Pornography and Black Women's Bodies 97 Patricia Hill Collins 11. Pornography and Pride 105 Van F. White 12. Getting Off on Sexploitation 107 Martin Dufresne PART III: FEMINIST RESEARCH ON PORNOGRAPHY 13. Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Women 113 Mimi H.

The Attorney General's hearings on pornography had made this a very hot and controversial issue, so we were confident that our proposal would be snapped up with enthusiasm. Alas, rejection letters started arriving, and we finally realized that none of our prospective publishers were willing to publish our anthology. Their reactions showed us that all anti-pornography positions were seen as right-wing, or, at best, supportive of the right-wing. Our feminist analysis was lost in the polarization of views that had developed almost overnight.

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