I wrote a book about pornography because I was put off by it but equally put off by antipornography
2010), Lavender, menaced: Lesbianism, obscenity law, and the feminist antipornography
The conference, which had been organized by Snitow and other Redstockings veterans, was vilified and picketed by the antipornography
contingent, who pressured the Barnard center into confiscating a "diary of the conference" that the organizers had created for distribution to the participants; it's now a treasured rare book.
Reacting against radical feminists, Nadine Strossen points out that the stance of pornophobic feminists tends to conflate the suppression of women's sexuality with the suppression of women's equality: "This dangerous equation of sexual expression with gender discrimination, which is at the heart of the feminist antipornography
movement, is a central reason that movement is so threatening to the women's rights cause" (24-25).
A study of antipornography
campaigns in the United States arrived at similar conclusions: activists mainly wanted "to demonstrate belief in and support for particular life style or set of 'basic values,' to have a large number of others join in that demonstration, and to have the demonstration recognized by significant others" (Zurcher, Kirkpatrick, Cushing, & Bowman, 1971, p.
251) The case involved the conviction of a couple for violating an antipornography
statute by exposing their neighbors' daughter to magazines that advertised the nudist lifestyle.
On the one hand, antipornography
feminists had lambasted the newly commercialized hardcore industry for dehumanizing female performers and inciting sexual violence (Lyons 59-63).
For example, Gail Dines is an antipornography
activist; Jane Caputi lays out mythological aspects of the dominant culture's destructive behavior; and cartoonist Stephanie McMillan is also an organizer of One Struggle, an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist collective.
False Promises: Feminist Antipornography
Strange Bedfellows: Black Feminism and Antipornography
scanner has been engineered with total safety in mind.
One of the most controversial articles in the collection is "Misguided, Dangerous, and Wrong: An Analysis of Antipornography