Category Archives: Pornography’s Harms

Professor Mary Anne Franks discusses “Revenge Porn”

What is a “threatened sexist”? What is “revenge porn” itself, anyway? Check out this discussion with Professor Mary Anne Franks to learn all about this topic, to discuss ways that law is responding to online harassment, and to find out … Continue reading

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“A school reveals it has a “Fantasy Slut League””

An excerpt just won’t do this article justice. Read the entire piece here.

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“The War on Twelve Year Old Girls”

Subtitled: “An epidemic of high-profile trolling is a testament to how pathological misogyny is — and how early it begins,” you can read the entire piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. …. And if you require any further proof, … Continue reading

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“Court: Child Porn Victims Can Get Restitution”

From the NYT: Child pornography victims can recover money from people convicted of viewing their abuse without having to show a link between the crime and their injuries, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The decision conflicts with rulings by … Continue reading

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“Creepshots and revenge porn: how paparazzi culture affects women”

That’s the title of this article. Below is an excerpt: … Charlotte Laws first encountered these sites in January this year, after her daughter Kayla, who is in her mid-20s, had her computer hacked. In Kayla’s email account was one … Continue reading

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ABA Journal publishes “Pricing Amy: Should Those Who Download Child Pornography Pay the Victims?”

The article focuses on judicial conflicts about what a victim has to prove to qualify for restitution, especially with respect to harm. Accessible here, below is an excerpt: … Under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, the government must notify Amy … Continue reading

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“The Internet Swear Jar,” A Guest Post By Samantha Berg

A few days ago I wrote a comment at the Reclusive Leftist blog about misogynistic verbal abuse being unacceptable whether the target is a blogger or a prostitute and whether they are paid or not. Since then I’ve been fleshing out what … Continue reading

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How Bad is “The Playboy Club”?

Pretty bad, according to Gail Dines (Wheelock College).  Here’s her take: There were so many surreal scenes in the pilot of NBC’s The Playboy Club that it is difficult to pick out the most eye-popping . . . . I … Continue reading

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New Book by Meagan Tyler, “The Pornographic and Sexological Construction of Women’s Sexuality in the West”

Meagan Tyler (Sociology, Victoria U., Australia) has published a book, “Selling Sex Short: The Pornographic and Sexological Construction of Women’s Sexuality in the West.”  Here is the publisher’s description: Pornography and the ‘science of sex’ – sexology – are redefining … Continue reading

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Are 1/3 of Pornography Consumers Women?

As a counterpoint to the recent Newsweek story on “buying sex,” consider this (2009) Nielsen study, as reported by CNN: In the first three months of 2007, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, approximately one in three visitors to adult entertainment Web sites was female; during … Continue reading

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Are Up to 80% of All Men “Buyers of Sex”? Please Let the Answer Be No

From Newsweek, this article, “The John Next Door“: Men of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds do it. Rich men do it, and poor men do it, in forms so varied and ubiquitous that they can be summoned at a … Continue reading

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“How to Be a Black Male Feminist”

The Renaissance Male Project Inc. has released a short video on “Feminism and Masculinity: How to Be a Black Male Feminist.” Here it is: The video’s title over-promises, but it is still worth a watch.  It is primarily a presentation … Continue reading

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Julia Hörnle, “Countering the Dangers of Online Pornography – Shrewd Regulation of Lewd Content?”

Abstract: This Article will detail how the UK has responded to the greater risks posed by illegal online content by successively extending the reach of the substantive criminal laws and by taking preventative measures. It will focus on the example … Continue reading

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Teaching Resource on Feminism and Pornography

Those who teach Feminist Legal Theory or other classes in which pornography is a subject of academic discussion might be interested in this recording of an interview by Professor Gail Dines (Wheelock College) with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Professor Dines … Continue reading

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Humbach Podcast on “Sexting and the First Amendment”

My colleague John Humbach has a podcast here discussing many of the issues he raises in his article, Sexting and the First Amendment, 37 Hastings Const. Law Q. 433 (2010).  Here’s a description of the podcast: Sexting is a new … Continue reading

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If Nero Had Internet Access, He Might Have Watched Porn While Rome Burned

From the Associated Press: Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says. The SEC’s inspector general conducted 33 … Continue reading

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