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The Sexual Liberals and the Attack on Feminism

The Sexual Liberals and the
Attack on Feminism
Janice Raymond,
Dorchen Leidholdt
Pergamon Press1990

This book brings together some important talks from the conference entitled “The Sexual Liberals and the Attack on Feminism” held at New York University Law School, April 4 1987. The conference was attended by over 800 women and was held against the backdrop of the ongoing debate between radical feminists opposed to pornography and the sexual liberals.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Dorchen Leidholdt

Part I: Feminism and Liberalism
Liberalism and the Death of Feminism / Catharine A. MacKinnon
Sexology and Antifeminism / Sheila Jeffreys
Woman-Hating Right and Left / Andrea Dworkin

Part II: Family Structures: The Patriarch and the Pimp
Making an Issue of Incest / Louise Armstrong
Taking Our Eyes Off the Guys / Sonia Johnson
Family Matters / Ann Jones
Confronting the Liberal Lies About Prostitution / Evelina Giobbe

Part III: The New Reproductive Liberalism
The New Reproductive Technologies / Gena Corea
Mothers on Trial: Custody and the “Baby M” Case / Phyllis Chesler
Sexual and Reproductive Liberalism / Janice G. Raymond
In the Best Interest of the Sperm: The Pregnancy of Judge Sorkow / Pauline B. Bart
Abortion and Pornography: The Sexual Liberals’ “Gotcha” Against Women’s Equality / Twiss Butler

Part IV: Sexuality
When Women Defend Pornography / Dorchen Leidholdt
Eroticizing Women’s Subordination / Sheila Jeffreys
Resistance / Andrea Dworkin
Sex Resistance in Heterosexual Arrangements / A Southern Women’s Writing Collective
Toward a Feminist Praxis of Sexuality / Wendy Stock
Sexual Liberalism and Survivors of Sexual Abuse / Valerie Heller

Part V: The Male Backlash
The Many Faces of Backlash / Florence Rush
Liberals, Libertarianism, and the Liberal Arts Establishment / Susanne Kappeler
You Can’t Fight Homophobia and Protect the Pornographers at the Same Time — An Analysis of What Went Wrong in Hardwick / John Stoltenberg
A View from Another Country / Susan G. Cole
Women and Civil Liberties / Kathleen A. Lahey

Part VI: Politics and Possibilities
Be-Witching: Re-Calling the Archimagical Powers of Women / Mary Daly
Not a Sentimental Journey: Women’s Friendships / Janice G. Raymond