Pornography

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Against Censorship
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1995
Some of us would rather not have customs officials and cops deciding what we can read or look at.
Anti-Porn is the Theory, Repression is the Practice
Article
1987
The campaign against pornography has been one of the most visible faces of feminism for more than a decade now. Few have wanted to know whether the 'clean up' they were promoting strengthened women's ...
Art and Pornography
Peckham, Morse
Book
1969
Ask Yourself... Do You Really Want More Censorship?
Feminists Against Censorship
Article
1992
Censorship is dangerous and feminists who support it are wrong-headed.
Bad Attitude/s On Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision
Cossman, Brenda; Bell, Shannon; Gotell, Lise; Rose, Becki L
Book
1997
This work, wrtten by four Canadian feminist university professors, analyzes law and pornography.
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
Doidge, Norman
Book
2007
Doidge explains neuroplasticity and shows that the brain is not a collection of specialized parts but a dynamic organ and can rewire and rearrange itself as the need arises.
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Sexuality Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on sexuality.
Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights
Strossen, Nadine
Book
1995
Traditional explanations of why pornography must be defended from would-be censors have concentrated on censorship's adverse impacts on free speech and sexual autonomy. In contrast, Nadine Strossen fo...
Eros Denied: Sex in Western Society
Young, Wayland
Book
1964
Spanning 2000 years of Western culture, Eros Denied explores the multitude of forces which through the ages have tended to suppress and pervert the sexual instincts.
Feminists Against Censorship
Website
A group of feminist academics and campaigners who fight censorship from a feminist perspective. They believe: 1) Censorship is a dangerous tool that is primarily used to suppress dissent from those ...
Flaunting It!
Jackson, Ed; Perksy, Stan (eds.)
Book
1982
An anthology of articles spanning the first decade of the Canadian gay liberation periodical, The Body Politic.
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Further Dialogue on Pornography: Pornography, Censorship, Sexuality
Herzig, Nancy; Bernabe, Rafael
Article
1997
The Church and right-wing groups have intensified their war on the three horsemen of immorality: abortion, gays and pornography. In the struggle against this, we have emphasized the need to oppose cen...
Girls Lean Back Everywhere: The Law Of Obscenity And The Assault On Genius
de Grazia, Edward
Book
1992
De Grazia, an attorney and defender of First Amendment rights, chronicles the conflict between artistic expression and censorship. Details the struggles of authors, booksellers and publishers.
Good Girls, Bad Girls: Sex Trade Workers and Feminists Face to Face
Bell Laurie
Book
1987
Looks into issues like racism in pornography, reclamation of the label "whore," the concerns surrounding censorship and the myths and stereotypes that have made sex trade workers outcasts.
Indonesia 1957-1958: War and Pornography
Blum, William
Article
An account of the CIA's failed 1958 attempt to overthrow president Sukarno of Indonesia
Interview with Ulli Diemer
Diemer, Ulli; Orchard, Jeff
Article
1990
Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
Libraries, Erotica & Pornography
Cornog, Martha (ed.)
Book
1991
Obscenity exposed
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1978
The police definition of 'obscenity' gets right to the crux of the question.
Opposing Censorship
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1978
According to Ulli Diemer, it is dangerous to think that liberation - in this case, sexual liberation - can be promoted by repressive legislation and censorship.
Poles 'n holes: Working in the porn biz
Bufe, Chaz
Article
1986
Pornography worker Chaz Bufe on work, sexuality and censorship in America.
Porn can be good for you
Tatchell, Peter
Article
2008
While pornography can be dehumanising and exploitative, it can also be educative, liberating, empowering, fulfilling and immensely socially beneficial. It all depends on how it is made, who makes it, ...
Porn Gold
Hebditch, David; Anning, Nick
Book
Pornography: The Other Side
Christensen, F.M.
Book
1990
Pornography in a Free Society
Hawkins, Gordon, and Zimring, Franklin E.
Book
1988
An examination of public policy debates about pornography in the United States in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Pornography and the Sex Censors: A review of 'Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights,' by Nadine Strossen
Crossen, Cathy
Article
1996
The pornography debacle has driven deep wedges among feminists, and has weakened the women's movement by alienating many women who cannot relate to a perceived ethos of anti-sexuality, gender antagoni...
Radical Digressions 1
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1973
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
The Secret Museum: Pornography in Modern Culture
Kendrick, Walter
Book
1988
Kendrick looks at the idea of pornography since the word was coined a century and a half ago, concentrating less on the books and pictures that have instigated battles over "pornography" than on what ...
The Sexuality of Men
Metcalf, Andy; Humphries, Martin
Book
1985
Essays on aspects of male sexuality.
Socialist Register 1993: Volume 29: Real Problems False Solutions
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1993
A Story About Making a Sex Movie
Article
2005
Politicians try to impose censorship by the back door, by imposing record-keeping obligations that are impossible to comply with.
Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution
Rebick, Judy
Book
2005
Using interviews with many feminist activists, Rebick provides an oral history of feminism in Canada from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits as Part of Plan to Discredit 'Radicalizers'
Article
2013
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the a...
The Trouble With Billionaires
McQuaig, Linda; Brooks, Neil
Book
2010
The glittering lives of billionaires may seem to be a harmless source of entertainment, but authors Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks argue that such financial power not only threatends everyone's economi...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
Women Against Censorship
Burstyn, Varda
Book
1985
Essays which argue that women have nothing to gain by allying themselves with anti-feminist forces and mainstream politicians. The contributors say that censorhip will be used against feminists who se...
Women and Censorship - Letters to Index on Censorship
Article
1991
Reader comments on pornography and censorship.
The X-Rated Free Market: On Pornography, Royal Spermatozoa and the Free Market
Raventos, Daniel; Wark, Julie
Article
2014
Is the pornography market the only free one? The question might seem provocative. Or a gross oversimplification. But it might also shed some light on certain points, namely those related with the poli...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Beyond Borders -- Ensuring Global Justice for Children
Beyond Borders, a charitable organization, works to end all sexual crimes against children, especially cross-border crimes including sex tourism and child pornography. Beyond Borders is the Canadian a...
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a national organization that was constituted to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, a...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
METRAC (The Metro Action Committee on Public Violence )
Promotes the rights of women and children to live free from violence and threats of violence.
Society for Human Sexuality
Social and educational organization whose purpose is to promote understanding and appreciation for the many forms of adult intimate relationships and consensual sexual expression.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

AMEA - World Museum of Erotic Art
Imagery concerning the act of love.
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Museum of Sex
When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world. With its inaugural award-winning exhibition, NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, ...

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Bondage pornography
Bondage pornography specializes in the depiction of sexual bondage or BDSM activities, as photographs, stories, movies, or drawings.
The Erotic Arts
Webb, Peter
1975
Covers the uses of erotic themes in various branches of the arts at all times and in many civilizations.
Even a 50-something with greying hair and a smallish you-know-what can be a Porn Star
How to make your own smut so it moves you where it counts
Hannon, Gerald
1998
Learning how to make a pornographic film.
Internet pornography
Internet pornography is pornography that is distributed by means of various sectors of the Internet, primarily via websites, peer-to-peer file sharing, or Usenet newsgroups. While pornography had been...
Obscenity
An obscenity (in Latin obscenus, meaning "foul, repulsive, detestable") is that which offends the prevalent sexual morality of the time, is a profanity, or is otherwise taboo, indecent, abhorrent, or ...
Porn stripped of its secrets
Winbush, Jeff
1998
Covering the pornography industry.
Porn, Women’s Rights and the Left
A Response to Gail Dines
Barnett, Jerry
2014
I believe that government belongs in health, education, welfare, social services, environmental protection and transport; but I do not believe that it belongs in our bedrooms.
Pornography
Pornography or porn is the portrayal of explicit sexual subject matter for the purposes of sexual excitement and erotic satisfaction. Pornography may use any of a variety of media, ranging from books,...
7 Places to Find Porn You Actually Like
2016
It's not hard to find porn online, but it is hard to find good porn online. The mainstream industry tends to produce a lot of wham-and-bam content, and while that might sell, there are a whole lot of ...
The Snuff Film
The Making of an Urban Legend
Stine, Scott Aaron
1999
One of the most enduring, and little-recognized, urban legends about cinema is the "snuff film," in which actresses are supposedly actually killed onscreen. Over the course of nearly a quarter century...
UK Pornstars Fight Back
Richards, Renee
2014
The Stop Porn Culture circus represents a coalition of the loudest anti-sex and pro-censorship voices in the English-speaking world. Former pornstar Renée Richards calls on UK pornstars, strippers, mo...

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QSM - Books, Magazines and Comics
Website
Books, DVDs, magazines, and comics on SM, dominance & submission, erotic pain, and related fetishes.

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