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Pornography has fascinated and divided researchers, policymakers, and the public for years. Does it have harmful effects on individuals? What effects in particular? Does pornography influence everyone or just some people? How should society deal with the results of this influence? In Pornography, Linz and Malamuth sort through these and other questions by placing their topic within the broader context of fundamental human nature theories. Their approach reveals a systematic interweaving of social science, morality, and law through three different perspectives: conservative-moralistic, liberal, and feminist. The fifth volume in the innovative Communication Concepts series, this book is an invaluable addition to current research on pornography and obscenity. Students and professionals in communication studies as well as research methods and the social sciences in general will find Pornography to be an illuminating and compelling study.

Pornography and Harms to Women: The Feminist Theory and Empirical Research
Pornography and harms to women: The feminist theory and empirical research

The feminist1 perspective emphasizes that pornography depicts women as whores or prostitutes, and thus as receptacles for any sexual indignity and even rape and torture. In pornography, according to this perspective, women are dehumanized by being presented as sexual objects; in postures of sexual submission or in scenarios of degradation; as enjoying pain or humiliation or experiencing sexual pleasure at being raped; or in scenarios of injury and torture in a context that makes these conditions sexual. This normative theory assumes that pornography is a powerful socializing agent. Through pornography men are able to force on women their notions of what appropriate sexual relations ...

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