Porgraphy catapulted to the forefront of the American women's movement in the 1980s. In Battling Porgraphy, Carolyn Bronstein locates the origins of anti-porgraphy sentiment in the turbulent social and cultural history of the late 1960s and 1970s. Based on extensive original archival research, the book reveals that the seeds of the movement were planted by groups who protested the proliferation of advertisements, Hollywood films and other mainstream media that glorified sexual violence. Over time, feminist leaders redirected the emphasis from violence to porgraphy to leverage rhetorical power. Battling Porgraphy presents a fascinating account of the rise and fall of this significant American social movement and documents the contributions of influential activists on both sides of the porgraphy debate, including some of the best-kwn American feminists.
Carolyn Bronstein is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. Her research investigates questions of media representation and social responsibility, with an emphasis on gender, and her work has been published in such journals as Violence against Women, Camera Obscura and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. She is co-editor of Responsible Advocacy: Ethics in Public Relations (2006).