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Porn Panic!: Sex and Censorship in the UK by [Barnett, Jerry]
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Porn Panic! documents new and rising threats to free expression, and mounts a fierce and entertaining defence. --Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law, New York Law School and former ACLU President

About the Author

Jerry Barnett is a technologist, political activist, photographer and writer. His long experience in anti-fascist politics led him to become a dedicated campaigner for free speech and sexual freedom, and he founded the Sex & Censorship campaign in 2013. He is a regular speaker and writer on sex, free expression, race and other issues, and has made regular media appearances over the past several years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (26 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ICAI8W6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Jerry Barnett’s book addresses a wide range of topics regarding porn censorship (and censorship in general). Using not only his personal experience, he also backs his argument with evidence-based research as well as points of view from those within the industry.

If you’re looking for a book with up-to-date research and information about current times and how porn and censorship are within modern UK society, then this book is the one for you. Jerry discusses how movements such as Page 3 have been used as a form of sex censorship and how many of these movements have been misused to censor sexual expression. He takes a look into internet censorship and even has written a piece about Twitter and other social media outlets, and how these are becoming more and more censored over time. Politics plays a large role with in the book, and even mentions the likes of Corby. It’s an excellent look into how feminism has evolved and how there are various forms of feminism and how these can be pro-censorship and others anti-censorship.
The book feels very relevant right now, particularly with current events such as Frances burqa ban, where recently a woman was forced to remove clothing in public due to wearing one in the beach (censorship is about telling people what they can and cannot do, whilst normally censorship tells women to cover up, telling them to remove clothing for whatever reason is just as bad). What Jerry Barnett writes within his book feels particularly relevant right now with the news of Keith Vaz, where he was willing to admit that he had slept with sex workers (a completely legal act), yet he came under fire and was made to step-down from his position.
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This is an amazingly well thought-through book - from someone who isn't just an expert in the whole adult industry but manages to look at the issues objectively and fairly. It's a funny old thing, porn, is anything else so hugely popular but out of mainstream analysis? The Porn at Night with Patrick More? Porn 17 with Barry Normal? I don't think so! But as you might expect its demonisation and manipulation by the establishment has a murky and devious history. This is an eye-opening book and I congratulate the author who is so obviously passionate about revealing the truths.
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The key point about 'Porn Panic' and it's author Jerry Barnett is that he is a human voice questioning an unthinking, authoritarian ideology. Over and over again through 'Porn Panic', Barnet cites examples of his attempts to engage those seeking to impose a censorious agenda to debate and explain their position - to the point where you have to conclude it's more a case that they can't than won't.
A parallel case--cited in 'Porn Panic'--was Brooke Magnanti's 'Sex Myth', which professionally exposed grossly overinflated statistical assumptions about trafficking and incidence of sex attacks in the vicinity of adult entertainment establishments but which led not to a reassessment of these figures by anti-porn campaigners but rather their attempt to suppress her book. The point being that many have built academic careers and political power bases on sensationalist claims and weak/flawed scholarship and have too much to lose by engaging honestly with critics like Barnett and Magnanti.
Barnett is most convincing when he points out the campaign against porn is a Trojan horse for a broader, almost wholly unaccountable armamentum of state censorship. We seriously need to ask 'who regulates the regulators?' because at the moment, it's looking like no-one is.
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A brilliant book and a worthy companion to 'Trigger Warning', 'A Billion Wicked Thoughts' and 'Freakonomics' when it comes to a genuinely liberal - and informed - look at pornography and censorship in the UK and how it is run on hysteria and moral panic. Anyone involved in these fights knows the data and won't run into many surprises here, but for millennials - and younger - this is an invaluable guide from a veteran campaigner to the panics of the past (video nasties etc) and how the genuine left/liberal voices in our politics have been stifled and usurped by a kind of... secular 'moral majority'. Cannot recommend highly enough, if only for the sense of community and relief at not being alone it brings.
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This is an excellent read. I went into the subject without much of an opinion on the subject, however Barnett's diligent researching and informative writing style provided a platform for serious thought and debate.

Barnett presents a case that suggests censorship itself is a movement against freedom of all types of expression. This isn't simply pages about the porn industry but pornography provides the central subject on which censorship is magnified on.

Extremely factual and well paced, the subject matter (and breadth of topics) means I will be recommending this to everyone!!
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