'Battling Pornography' documents the rise and fall of feminist anti-porn movement

November 1, 2011

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The evolution of the anti-pornography movement is the focus of professor Carolyn Bronstein's new book.

The growth of the commercial sex industry in the 1970s resulted in a proliferation of sexually explicit images of women. Feminists critiqued the graphic images as a form of sex discrimination; and some in the anti-pornography movement argued that there was a direct link between pornographic images of women and violence against women. DePaul University professor Carolyn Bronstein traces the evolution of this movement in her new book, Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976 – 1986. She discussed her findings with Eight Forty-Eight.