Pax (funcrunch) wrote,

Dworkin's death, feminism, and pornography

I didn't want to let ultra-feminist Andrea Dworkin's death go by without comment. I spent a good deal of my college and abbreviated graduate school career doing research on censorship. I am about as pro-First Amendment as one can get. I found Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon's attempts to censor pornography on the grounds that it harmed women not only misguided and dangerous but also blatantly unconstitutional. Back in college my direct experience with pornography was virtually nil, and experience with sex (hetero or otherwise) not much greater. Thirteen years later, I am a lot more wordly, shall we say, in such matters, but my beliefs remain the same.

On my old web site,, I had posted some of my research on censorship. I have been meaning to revive that part of my site for some time. For anyone curious, I managed to dig up my paper that references Dworkin and MacKinnon, Censorship for Equality: A Feminist Approach to Pornography, through the very cool Wayback Machine.

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