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The Problem of Pornography : Regulation and the Right to Free Speech - Susan Easton

The Problem of Pornography

Regulation and the Right to Free Speech


Published: 21st July 1994
For Ages: 18 years old
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Can a commitment to free speech be reconciled with the regulation of pornography? In "The Problem of Pornography", Susan M. Easton argues that it can. Using John Stuart Mill's harm principle as a starting-point, Easton explores and evaluates the feminist and liberal arguments in the debate on pornography, moral independence, censorship and the right to free speech. Given the problems of proving harm in the case of pornography, she argues that the concept of autonomy may provide a more suitable foundation for regulation, and shows how the legislation against incitement to racial hatred might serve as a model for legal constraints on pornography. The book includes a review of the English and American laws on obscene materials and aims to serve as reading for anyone interested in one of the thorniest issues in feminist, legal and social theory: is the censorship of pornography justifiable? The author has also published "Humanist Marxism and Wittgensteinian Social Philosophy" (Manchester University Press, 1983); "Multiple Discovery" (Avebury, 1984); "Disorder and Discipline" (Temple Smith, 1988); "The Right to Silence" (Avebury, 1991); and articles in "The Criminal Law Review", "Politics" and "Radical Philosophy".

The liberal defence of pornography
The types of harm
Proving harm
Diversity and autonomy
Feminism, truth and infallibility
Free speech and majoritarianism
The slippery slope
Feminism and puritanism
The protection of free speech
Interpreting the First Amendment
The civil rights ordinances
Freedom of speech and the regulation of pornography in English law
The "right" to consume pornography
Incitement to sexual hatred
Notes Bibliography
Table of statutes
Table of cases
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ISBN: 9780415091831
ISBN-10: 0415091837
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 21st July 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1