- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 20, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415918138
- ISBN-13: 978-0415918138
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authors give a little ground in admitting that some women enjoy and create pornography, and that no conclusive causal link between pornography and violence has been shown (and possibly ever will be). They admit to reading Linda Williams, Wendy McElroy, Nadine Strossen, Laura Kipnis, and some of the other pro-porn feminist commentators -- which is more than one may say for Dworkin and MacKinnon, who resolutely pretend that valid feminist opposition to their position doesn't exist.
But one reads the same old assumptions: the culture "is saturated with pornography"; one out of three American women is said to report some form of sexual abuse; "violence of various types is present in almost all pornography"; "The simple truth is that in this culture, men have to make a conscious decision not to rape" (I don't remember that one ever being an issue for me), and so on.
Jensen has a quaint chapter in which he interviews porn users, though more than 50 percent of them are convicted sex criminals (how's that for a representative sample?). While he acknowledges that "most of the pornography users who reported heavy consumption also reported no abusive sexual behavior" and "some of the sex offenders reported relatively light consumption," he also races past the significance of remarks such as the one by a violent and abusive ex-Marine and lumber worker who prefers "fast-forwarding past scenes of women in control" (which simply don't exist in pornography, if one ascribes to the authors' orthodoxy).
It's interesting to see how often and repeatedly Americans from across the political spectrum -- religious fundamentalists to radical feminists -- need to keep scratching this issue without ever quite getting to the source of the itch ... when it just isn't an issue for the rest of us.