Pornography, Sex and FeminismBook - 2002
Soble also faults critics of pornography for their failure of empathy: they refuse to see pornographic images from the various perspectives of their viewers. In approaching these images literally, detractors promulgate the worst possible interpretation of pornography. Further, they do not do justice to the social and psychological research about pornography and its purported harms. Conservatives and feminists manufacture their case against pornography and its consumers based on oversimplified interpretations of the images and a poor understanding of scientific studies.
This sardonic and well-reasoned critique of feminist and conservative moral outrage over pornography is sure to be controversial.
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Sexual Content: You can't expect to analyze Pornography and not expect to get a little bit dirty. The author delves right in there trhough the worst of it, but the book gets creepy quickly. It reads like the Alan Soble is enjoying himself a little bit too much while he's describing pornography. The author is down-right pervy and creeps me out with his crass writing. It's pretty obvious that he's pro-pornography.
Violence: probably is crude about this too. I can't get past the first chapter. He's bound to get into describing depictions of rape in pornography.
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If all men and women respected each other, if sex were considered joyful and life-enhancing instead of a wallow in germ-filled glop, if everyone were in love all the time, if, in other words, many people's lives were more satisfactory for them than they appear to be know, pornography might just go away on its own. --- Margaret Atwood
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