In Harm's Way: The Pornography Civil Rights Hearings

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Catharine A. MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin
Harvard University Press, 1997 - Law - 496 pages
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This book contains the oral testimony of victims of pornography, spoken on the record for the first time in history.

Speaking at hearings on a groundbreaking antipornography civil rights law, women offer eloquent witness to the devastation pornography has caused in their lives. Supported by social science experts and authorities on rape, battery, and prostitution, discounted and opposed by free speech advocates and absolutists, their riveting testimony articulates the centrality of pornography to sexual abuse and inequity today.

At issue in these hearings is a law conceived and drafted by Andrea Dworkin and Catharine A. MacKinnon that defines harm done through pornography as a legal injury of sex discrimination warranting civil redress. From the first set of hearings in Minneapolis in 1983 through those before the Massachusetts state legislature in 1992, the witnesses heard here expose the commonplace reality of denigration and sexual subordination due to pornography and refute the widespread notion that pornography is harmless expression that must be protected by the state.

Introduced with powerful essays by MacKinnon and Dworkin, these hearings--unabridged and with each word scrupulously verified--constitute a unique record of a conflict over the meaning of democracy itself--a major civil rights struggle for our time and a fundamental crisis in United States constitutional law: Can we sacrifice the lives of women and children to a pornographer's right to free "speech"? Can we allow the First Amendment to shield sexual exploitation and predatory sexual violence? These pages contain all the arguments for protecting pornography--and dramatically document its human cost.

  

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Contents

The Roar on the Other Side of Silence
3
The Minneapolis Hearings
39
Linda Marchiano
60
Pauline Bart
68
Jane Strauss
76
Tom Beaver
82
Wanda Laurence
88
Robert Halfhill
95
Letter of Ellen T Luepker M S W A C S W Dec 121983
229
Steven G Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth The Only Living Witness A True Account of Homicidal Insanity Simon and Schuster 1983
230
Complaint State v defendant Hennepin County District Court Oct 71983
232
Letter of Marcia Kading Dec 81983
236
Letter of Sandra Hewitt Ph D Dec 9 1983
237
Letter of d c Dec 51983
238
Letter of Trudee AblePeterson Dec 11983
239
Letter of Katherine Brady Nov 291983
240

R M
101
SESSION III
140
Carole laFavor
147
Barbara Chester
155
Exhibits original exhibit numbers are in brackets
203
Questions and References Donnerstein
204
Nat Laurendi Polygraph Examination of Linda Lovelace Nov 81979
205
Letter of Kathleen L Barry Ph D Nov 151983
213
Letter of Flora Colao C S W Nov 10 1983
214
Audience Data on Not a Love Story Bart
216
Letter of Michelle Harrison M D Dec 91983
220
Letter of Robin Morgan Dec 51983
221
Letter of Jaime Lyn Bauer
224
Memo of A W Dec 13 1983
225
Letter of Marvin E Lewis Esq Dec 71983
227
Letter of Phyllis Chesler Ph D Dec 71983
228
Letter of Louise Armstrong Dec 8 1983
242
Letter of AnneMarie Eriksson and Erik A Eriksson Lt Col USAF Ret Dec 71983
248
Letter of Jim Lovestar Dec 6 1983
250
Letter of John Stoltenberg M Div M F A Dec 1 1983
251
Memo on Proposed Ordinance
253
Press Conference July 251984
260
The Indianapolis Hearing
269
Appendices
290
Brief Amicus Curiae of Andrea Dworkin American Booksellers v
310
Brief of the Neighborhood Pornography Task Force
321
The Los Angeles Hearing
332
The Massachusetts Hearing
361
Submission of Gail Kielson
423
American Booksellers Assn Inc v Hudnut
462
Index
483
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About the author (1997)

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

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