The Question of Pornography: Research Findings and Policy Implications

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These books, both erudite studies, complement one another nicely. Each grapples with such thorny (albeit familiar) issues as the definitions of pornography, changing attitudes toward sexually explicit material over the years, and the effect of such material on human behavior. In addition, both works address a key question raised recently by feminists: Isn't hard-core pornography a form of violence against women and therefore a violation of women's civil rights? The authors of The Question of Pornography , university professors in the behavioral sciences, support the contention that there is a causal link between obscenityand aggression against women. On the other hand, Kendrick, an English professor at Fordham and Village Voice editor, in The Secret Museum deplores efforts by "antipornography feminists" to censor offensive material, arguing that their goals are actually no different from those of all the bluenoses of the past, such as Anthony Comstock and the many leagues and legions of decency. Neither of these capably produced books is an obligatory acquisition for most libraries. Both, however, should be seriously considered for large social science collections or libraries with special collections in the area. Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Park P.L., Fla.
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