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Porn reflects a dehumanized sexuality based on male

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porn reflects a dehumanized sexuality based on male domination and exploitation of women - there is a social and psychic link between porn and rape; both are expressions of male lust - porn reflects patriarchal sexual relations - if all manifestations of patriarchal sexuality are violent, then opposition to violence cannot explain why pornography should be singled out as a target - to attack pornography, and at the same time to equate it with heterosexual sex, is implicitly to condemn not only women who like porn but women who sleep with men - the issue that has dominated public debate on the anti-porn campaign is its potential threat to free speech obscenity is not protected speech Male Vice and Female Virtue: Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in 19 th Century Britain by Judith R. Walkowitz - feminist moral crusades against male vice began with a struggle against state regulation of prostitution Contagious Diseases Act - a “Ladies Manifesto” was issued, which denounced the acts as a blatant example of class and sex discrimination double standard of sexual morality - inadequate wages and restrictions of women’s industrial employment forced some women onto the streets, where they took up the best paid industry – prostitution - feminists fought for a mother’s right to defend daughters gave mothers the right to control sexual access to the daughters - stories of false entrapment or instrumental rape; depicted registered women as innocent victims of male lust and medical and police tyranny - enormous pubic demonstration was held in Hyde Park to demand the passage of legislation raising the age of consent for girls from 13 to 16 - the desire to protect young working-class girls masked impulses to control their sexuality, which in turn reflected their desire to impose a social code that stressed female adolescent dependency - the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885
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Week 5 raised the age of consent gave police a far greater jurisdiction over poor working-class women and children made indecent acts between consenting adult males a crime o the basis of legal prosecution of male homosexuals in Britain until 1967 - desexualization of women female passionlessness and male sexual self-control working-class women were left alienated from and ignorant of their own sexuality and bodies - women were for the first time offered legal recourse against sexual violence by male family members insistence that women had the right to refuse sexual demands of husbands - the reactionary implications of social purity, for feminists and prostitutes alike, are illuminated by the public controversy surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders brutal murders of prostitutes in 1888 in East London the people who mobilized over the murders were almost entirely male throughout London, respectable women, afraid to venture out alone at night, were effectively placed under house arrest and made dependent on male protection
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