Making violence sexy : feminist views on pornography / Diana E.H. Russell, editor.

by Russell, Diana E. H [editor.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Buckingham, England : Open University Press, 1993.Description: xii,302 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23cm.ISBN: 9780335192007.Subject(s): Pornography -- Sociological aspectsLooking glass | Feminist theoryLooking glass | Sex offendersLooking glass | Sex-oriented businesses -- United StatesNote: Bibliography: pages 277-287. - Includes index.
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Making Violence Sexy chronicles women's resistance to pornography over the last twenty years. It does this in a collection of feminist articles, including testimonies by victims/survivors of pornography that together make a convincing case for the view that pornography (as distinct from erotica) causes harm to women, including acts of violence.

Bibliography: pages 277-287. - Includes index.

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Russell has edited a powerful feminist anthology dealing with nonviolent as well as violent pornography. Russell defines pornography as "material that combines sex and/or the exposure of genitals with abuse or degradation in a manner that appears to endorse, condone or encourage such behavior." From a feminist perspective, pornography is seen as a form of discrimination against women and a violation of women's civil rights. Part 1 is grounded in the concrete experience of victims and survivors of pornography. Part 2 offers selections on the meaning and significance of pornography for African American women, an African American man, gay men, and a personal account by a straight man. The selections on feminist research in pornography in Part 3 include two especially significant articles by the editor. "Pornography and Rape: a Causal Model" and "The Experts Cop Out." The collection concludes with articles on feminist strategies and actions against pornography. Advanced undergraduates and above. C. Adamsky University of New Hampshire