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Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny, and Rape

NCJ Number
178599
Author(s)
Diana E. H. Russell
Date Published
1998
Length
212 pages
Annotation
This volume examines current research on rape and pornography, describes nearly 100 examples of pornographic pictures that were included in the author's book "Against Pornography," and argues that a significant relationship exists between pornography, misogyny, and rape.
Abstract
The text further emphasizes that the relationship between pornography, misogyny, and rape is dangerous to women. The analysis focuses on pornography that abuses or degrades women. It also distinguishes between sexually explicit materials that can be considered pornography and those that can be considered erotica, and notes that most anti-pornography feminists approve of or even advocate erotica. Individual sections focus on the definitions and types of pornography, the contents of pornography as revealed in recent empirical research, describes cartoons and photographs that can be interpreted as hatred of women, and explains theory and research concluding that pornography is a cause of rape. The analysis concludes that pornography is a form of sex discrimination and that women should recognize the need to mobilize and demand an end to pornography, starting with efforts to educate women regarding its contents. Tables, figure, chapter notes, appended additional findings, index, and 119 references