Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination (Law and Society)

Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination (Law and Society)

By: Christopher N. Kendall (author)Hardback

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The 2000 case of Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Customs Canada provided Canada's highest court with its first opportunity to consider whether the analysis set out in R. v. Butler -- in which the Supreme Court identified pornography as an issue of sex discrimination -- applies to pornography intended for a lesbian or gay male audience. The Court held that it did, finding that, like heterosexual pornography, same-sex pornography also violates the sex equality interests of all Canadians.Christopher Kendall supports this finding, arguing that gay male pornography reinforces those social attitudes that create systemic inequality on the basis of sex and sexual orientation by sexually conditioning gay men to those attitudes and practices. He rejects the equality claims of gay male pro-pornography advocates and contends that, as a result of litigation efforts like those brought by lesbian and gay activists in the Little Sisters case, the notion of empowerment and the rejection of those values that daily result in all that is anti-gay have been replaced with a misguided community ethic and identity politic that encourages inequality.This book will foster a much broader debate about gay male identity and those legal strategies aimed at promoting it. No one has ever tackled this issue from this particular persective and the arguments presented are both compelling and long overdue.

About Author

Originally from Toronto, Christopher N. Kendall is currently Dean of Law at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: From Butler to Little Sisters: What Went Wrong with Gay Male Liberation? 1 Pornography as Inequality: A Perspective on Hate Speech and the Meaning of Sexism 2 Sex Equality and Homophobia 3 Sexualizing Masculinity, Normalizing Inequality: Gay Male Pornography Post-Butler 4 Abusing Real People: The "Actors'" Perspective 5 Gay Male Pornography and Violence: Partner Abuse and Rape 6 Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination 7 "Protecting" Gay Youth: Why Self-Loathing Is Not a Path to Safety 8 Controlling Pornographic Harm Post-Butler: Some Thoughts on Canada Customs, the Police, and Judicial Bias Conclusion Notes Bibliography Permissions Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774810760
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780774810760
  • weight: 516
  • ISBN10: 0774810769

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