This text contains the oral testimony of victims of porgraphy. Speaking at hearings on an anti-porgraphy civil rights law, women offer witness to the devastation porgraphy has caused in their lives. Supported by social science experts and authorities on rape, battery, and prostitution, discounted and opposed by free speech advocates and absolutists, their testimony articulates the centrality of porgraphy to sexual abuse and inequity today. At issue in these hearings is a law conceived and drafted by Andrea Dworkin and Catharine A. MacKinn that defines harm done through porgraphy as a legal injury of sex discrimination warranting civil redress. From the first set of hearings in Minneapolis in 1983 through those before the Massachusetts state legislature in 1992, the witnesses heard here expose the commonplace reality of denigration and sexual subordination due to porgraphy and refute the widespread tion that porgraphy is harmless expression that must be protected by the state. Introduced with essays by MacKinn and Dworkin, these hearings unabridged and with each word verified, constitute a record of a conflict over the meaning of democracy itself a civil rights struggle and a fundamental crisis in United States constitutional law: Can we sacrifice the lives of women and children to a porgrapher's right to free speech? Can we allow the First Amendment to shield sexual exploitation and predatory sexual violence? These pages contain all the arguments for protecting porgraphy and document its human cost.
Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. Andrea Dworkin, internationally renowned as a radical feminist activist, is the author of many books, most recently the collection of essays Life and Death and the novel Mercy.