Event Title

The Evolution of the Opposition to Pornography: Changing Perceptions of Gender and Victimization

Presenter Information

Carolyn Powers, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 4:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

The evolution of the opposition to pornography in feminist scholarship has incorporated many of Andrea Dworkins original views from her crusade that began in the late 1970s. Those who continue to align with these radical feminist standpoints on pornography have taken a humanistic approach to their explanation as to why pornography should be eradicated. These ideas are still primarily focused on the negative effects towards women, but increasing medical research concerning porn addiction and its effects as well as informal online support groups are leaning towards new discussions about how men are victims of porn as well. This paper begins with both the histories of the anti-pornography movement and of the pornography industry from 1950 to present. Analysis and critique of the roots and current themes in the opposition to pornography will follow, which will situate these changes in the broader context of contemporary gender constructs.

Faculty Sponsor

Martha Arterberry

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

825

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The Evolution of the Opposition to Pornography: Changing Perceptions of Gender and Victimization

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The evolution of the opposition to pornography in feminist scholarship has incorporated many of Andrea Dworkins original views from her crusade that began in the late 1970s. Those who continue to align with these radical feminist standpoints on pornography have taken a humanistic approach to their explanation as to why pornography should be eradicated. These ideas are still primarily focused on the negative effects towards women, but increasing medical research concerning porn addiction and its effects as well as informal online support groups are leaning towards new discussions about how men are victims of porn as well. This paper begins with both the histories of the anti-pornography movement and of the pornography industry from 1950 to present. Analysis and critique of the roots and current themes in the opposition to pornography will follow, which will situate these changes in the broader context of contemporary gender constructs.

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