- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Zero Books (1 Aug. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785353748
- ISBN-13: 978-1785353741
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Porn Panic!: Sex and Censorship in the UK Paperback – 1 Aug 2016
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a thoroughly engaging book. Jerry Barnett starts out with his experiences of the left in the 70s, when movements like feminism, racial and sexual politics all adopted... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're interested in law and freedom of expression (or the lack thereof) in the UK.
Because legions of masturbators may not be the heroes we deserve, but they're the... Read more
First rate analysis of the (latest) moral panic about pornography in the UK, which deftly exposes it for what it is: yet another authoritarian attack on free speech and free... Read morePublished 4 months ago by birchden
Although I don't agree with the premise, Jerry enables a comprehensive portrait of the pro porn lobbyists requisitePublished 5 months ago by Vikki Dark