ERIC Number: ED284150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Understanding the Problem of Pornography.
Metzger, Leigh Ann
This report was written to clarify the terms often associated with pornography and to help readers understand the issue of pornography more clearly. The first chapter defines pornography, as it was defined by the United States Attorney General's Commission on Pornography, as "that material (which) is predominantly sexually explicit and intended primarily for the purpose of arousal." Four basic legal categories of pornography are then explained: (1) obscenity; (2) indecency; (3) child pornography; and (4) constitutionally-protected materials. The second section of the report poses commonly asked questions about pornography and discusses answers. Topics covered include research evidence that pornographic materials are harmful; views of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography; First Amendment and censorship violation issues; other types of pornography; and the role of organized crime in the production and distribution of pornographic materials. The last two sections present key pornographic statistics, lists of Supreme Court cases, and anti-pornography organizations, endnotes, and selected literature for further reading. (NB)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Legal Problems, Moral Issues, Obscenity, Pornography, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality
Family Research Council of America, Inc., 515 Second St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002 ($5.00 suggested contribution for 1-5 copies, discounts for larger orders, all amounts tax deductible).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Research Council of America, Inc., Washington, DC.