The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told is Wrong[mass market] Paperback – 31 Jan 2013
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A book that is as entertaining as it is erudite...a timely, persuasive read (The Observer)
An important book... exactly the kind of level-headed analysis that could help to dispel some of the hysteria surrounding the sex industry (The Times)
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You can tell a book by the quality of its references, and as you would expect from a doctor in epidemiology, the argument is grounded in robust evidence.
She convincingly destroys, for example, the myths that rapes rise in districts with strip clubs, and that there is a huge "trafficking sex trade." The myths are not only wrong but the mis-information positively damages effective efforts to reduce rape and trafficking.
So it is good reading and if you are interested in social issues, essential, to consider evidence before arguing for policy.
On reflection, I think my problem is that most of the book is attacking very easy targets (shoddy and unprofessional research, and deliberate misuse of such research by politicians with their own agenda). Magnanti takes the standard liberal line that anybody wanting to ban or restrict something has a burden of proof to show beyond doubt that it is harmful and that there is no other way to remove the harm other than banning it. Most of the claims that porn and sex work stimulate crime and other negative effects depend on anecdotal evidence or studies with tiny samples, sometimes with misrepresented results. So, she doesn't feel obliged to show that pornography sex work etc have any benefits, she feels she only needs to show that their opponents have failed to prove any negative effects. The closest she comes to showing benefits is the correlation between the increased prevalence of porn and a fall in sex crime rates (though she correctly warns us to avoid the correlation=causation fallacy, it does seem to show that porn does not stimulate crime).
The book left me frustrated because it didn't even set out to prove anything one way or the other ; it just set out to show that the existing evidence does not justify any ban on sex work or porn.Read more ›
I was excited when the book dropped through my letter box as I had been looking forward to this book for a long time I was also worried I knew the book would be different from her previous offerings would I find it hard going.
I can report that this book is as enjoyable as her previous offerings, in fact more so for me.
I have actually learnt a few things reading this book.
The book has opened my eyes as to how easily we can be manipulated as a society by people with their own biased agendas.
Unlike most females in the media Dr Brooke Magnanti uses facts as her weapons of choice unless you have got a specific study to back up your point of view don't bother making it this is not research by sound bite.
This is not being outraged at Riyanna grabbing her crotch.
Dr Brooke Magnanti has done the research so we don't have to. This book has been exhaustively researched I wished her opponents had done the same thing when making their points of view that we take as fact but these facts are based on statically shaky ground, ignoring the basic rules of data collection and sampling as highlighted by Dr Brooke Magnanti.
I found the journey through history that Brooke Magnanti takes us on very interesting and it occurs to me the same patterns of miss information and the ensuing moral panic keep repeating themselves over the decades.
This moral panic seems to be amplified when new inventions in media technology become available and a battle then ensues about who or what class are entitled to become the moral policemen of the UK while having unfettered access to the material themselves.Read more ›
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The writing style is excellent and the information thought provoking. Above all it is, what a lot of people in power lack, common sense.Published 5 months ago by Tony Handy
Please read my story "My Journey In And Out Of Religious Sexual Ignorance" at:
http://mikefunkerton.blogspot. Read more
My first exposure to both has been eye opening; I felt challenged and uplifted. Simple evidence rather than artificial anecdote informs her. Bravo.Published 20 months ago by Mr. Andrew Walsh
Set up straw women to knock them down - not very academicPublished 22 months ago by Edward Townsend
Cote d'Azur Men's Book Club review by Barry Hibbitt
Doctor Brooke Magnanti subtitles her book Why Everything We Are Told is Wrong and it seems she is right. Read more
Hardly Belle de Jour, this is a easily readable but thorough debunking of some of the myths put about by the various self-appointed guardians of morality. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Merlin from London