ERIC Number: ED375039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Sex Panic: Women, Censorship and "Pornography." A Conference of the Working Group on Women, Censorship, and "Pornography" (New York, New York, May 7-8, 1993).
National Coalition Against Censorship, New York, NY.
In May 1993, representatives of anti-censorship feminists convened at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to overturn the myths that censorship is good for women, that women want censorship, and that those who support censorship speak for women. Participants at the convention discussed four major themes: the current panic over sexual perversion, the anti-pornography movement among certain feminists, the need for free speech in matters regarding sex, and the struggle for free speech. Lisa Duggan, historian, journalist, and Brown University professor, discussed the history of moral reform movements from temperance to anti-pornography and explains how they have not promoted the interests of women. Speakers denounced the legal theories developed by Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin that excuse censorship and treat the First Amendment as irrelevant. The anti-censorship feminists argued that the banning of pornography amounts to the control of women's images and the suppression of women's search for their own sexuality. (JD)
Descriptors: Censorship, Citizenship Education, Civil Rights, Females, Feminism, Law Related Education, Pornography, Social Science Research
National Coalition Against Censorship, 275 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001 ($5).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition Against Censorship, New York, NY.