Writer: Nadine Strossen
Title: Defending Pornography
Subtitle: Free Speech, Sex,and the Fight for Women's Rights
Place of Publication: London
Year of Publication: 1996
Format: 135x199mm (trimmed)
Illustrations: 10 black and white pictures
Cover photo: Jo Dietz ffom an ad for 'Libido: The Journal of Sex and Sensibility'
Binding: paperback in duotone printed wrappers
Original Price: GBP 7.99
Entry Date: 2014013
Entry Date: 22nd May 2014
Defending Pornography offers a unique perspective on the pro-censorship crusade waged in recent years by a highly influential alliance of the American feminist movement and leading conservatives.
As one of America's most visible and articulate advocates of both feminism and free speech, and president of the American Civil Liberties Union, Nadine Strossen eloquently argues that to view sexuality and sexually oriented expression as inherently dangerous does profound damage to human rights in general, and to woemn's rights in particular.
In Strossen's eyes, women do not have to choose between speech and equality, between dignity and sexuality, between safety and 'our freedoms to read, think, speak, sing, write, paint, dance, dream, photograph, film, and fantasize as we wish' - but as she makes devastatingly clear, censorship continues to be used as a tool to repress information vital to female equality, health and reproductive autonomy.
A revolution in sex is occurring and a new morality is emerging – a morality demanding freedom for the individual to satisfy his own needs, desires, and tastes as he sees fit, with a minmum of suppressive regulations and intolerant social rules. Thia is the concept put forward by the authors of the essays that make up this vital collection. They propose that the sexual revolution is basically a humanistic one, committed to the propositions that human happiness is the end of man, that sexual enjoyment is a significant part of human happiness, and that sex should be approached not with fear or guilt but with openness and receptiveness. The several authors are united by a common concern to evaluate human sexuality in the contemporary world and to provide direction for those who demand a new.