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Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on Pornography

Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on PornographyDiana E.H. Russell (ed)Teachers College Press1993

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.

“Before pornography became the pornographer’s speech it was somebody’s life.”

Catharine MacKinnon, 1987

Table of Contents

Part One: Survivors of Pornography

1. Introduction/Diana E.H. Russell
2. The Real Linda Lovelace/Gloria Steinem
3. A Portrait of Angel: The Life of a Porn Star/Bebe Moore Campbell
4. Surviving Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Evelina Giobbe
5. Testimony on Pornography and Incest/Katherine Brady
6. Testimony on Pornography and Marital Brutality/Rev. Susan Wilhelm
7. Testimony from Public Hearing on the Ordinance to Add Pornography as Discrimination Against Women

Part Two: Overview

8. Pornography and Freedom/John Stoltenberg
9. Questions and Answers/Andrea Dworkin & Catharine MacKinnon
10. Pornography and Black Women’s Bodies/Patricia Hill Collins
11. Pornography and Pride/Van F. White
12. Getting Off on Sexploitation/Martin Dufresne

Part Three: Feminist Research on Pornography

13. Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Women/Mimi H. Silbert and Ayala M. Pines
14. Pornography and Rape: A Causal Model/Diana E.H. Russell
15. The Experts Cop Out/Diana E.H. Russell
16. Racism in Pornography/Alice Mayall and Diana E.H. Russell
17. The Research on Women and Pornography: The Many Faces of Harm/Charlene Y. Senn
18. Evidence of Harm/Diana E.H. Russell and Karen Trocki

Part Four: Feminist Strategies and Actions Against Pornography

19. Wimmin’s Fire Brigade Bombs Porn/Jas
20. Unmasking Male Privilege/Nikki Craft
21. Poking Around Under Rocks and Pornographers/Sharon O’Connell and Steven Hill
22. From Expert Witness to Jail Inmate/Diana E.H. Russell
23. Torturing Women as Fine Art: Why Some Women and Men Are Boycotting Knopf/Robert Brannon
24. There Are Better Ways of Taking Care of Bret Easton Ellis Than Just Censoring Him…/Tara Baxter and Nikki Craft
25. From Witches to Bitches: Sexual Terrorism Begets Thelma and Louise/Diana E.H. Russell

Credit: North American Syndicate