Pornography as a Cause of Rape (Research)

Posted on December 3, 2013, in Uncategorized

Publication Information

Title: Pornography as a Cause of Rape
Publication: Excerpt from Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm
Author: Diana E. H. Russell
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Excerpt from Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm, September 2004

Proponents of the anti-pornography-equals-censorship school deliberately obfuscate any distinction between erotica and pornography, using the term erotica for all sexually explicit materials. In contrast, anti-pornography feminists consider it vitally important to distinguish between pornography and erotica, and support or even advocate erotica.

Although women’s bodies are the staple of adult pornography, it is important to have a gender neutral definition that encompasses gay pornography, as well as child pornography. Animals are also targets of pornographic depictions. Hence, I define pornography as material that combines sex and/or the exposure of genitals with abuse or degradation in a manner that appears to endorse, condone, or encourage such behavior.

This article will focus on adult male heterosexual pornography because most pornography is produced for this market and because males are the predominant abusers of women.

 

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