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NCJ Number: 122407 Find in a Library
Title: Pornography in a Free Society
Author(s): G Hawkins; F E Zimring
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 236
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
New York, NY 10011-4211
Publication Number: ISBN 0-521-36317-9
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
Journal Division
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Pornography has become particularly interesting as a case study in social and governmental change, since the past 25 years have seen a transition in the United States and most Western nations from censorship to the widespread availability of sexually-explicit depictions.
Abstract: In England, the Williams Committee in 1977 was the first national body in that country to undertake a comprehensive review of pornography. In the United States, Attorney General Meese's Commission on Pornography published its final report in 1986, but this report received widespread criticism. The report was denounced for its persistent biases in collecting and evaluating evidence, and many felt its recommendations posed a threat to free expression. Commissions of inquiry into pornography in England, the United States, and Canada represent part of the process of adjusting to changes in the availability of pornography. Commission reports are viewed as procedural adjustments to the social fact of the widespread availability of pornography. Minor policy adjustments, rather than major innovations, are inevitably the recommendations of such commissions. Because pornography is a problem largely associated with the anxieties and hypocrisies of societal attitudes toward sex, the authors expect less social concern about pornography as time passes. They consider several problems that have become significant with the increased availability of sexually explicit material since the 1960's, such as pornography and the status of women, child protection, and the social control of pornography without censorship. 15 tables, 3 figures, 96 references.
Main Term(s): Pornography
Index Term(s): Censorship; Cross-cultural comparisons; England; Social change; United States of America
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