Perversion for Profit

Perversion for Profit

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Perversion for Profit traces the crucial function of pornography in constructing the New Right agenda, which has emphasized social issues over racial and economic inequality. Whitney Strub vividly recreates the debates over obscenity that consumed ACLU members in the 1950s and revisits the deployment of obscenity charges against purveyors of gay erotica during the Cold War, revealing the differing standards applied to heterosexual and homosexual pornography. He follows the rise of the influential Citizens for Decent Literature during the 1960s and the pivotal events that followed: the sexual revolution, feminist activism, the rise of the gay rights movement, the qporno chicq moment of the early 1970s, and resurgent Christian conservatism, which currently shapes public policy far beyond the issue of sexual decency. Strub also examines the ways in which the Left failed to mount a serious or sustained counterattack to the New Right's use of pornography as a political tool. As he demonstrates, this failure has put the Democratic Party at the mercy of Republican rhetoric for decades.Keating also solicited the support of extremists by reprinting in a CDL publication al- legations by the Chicago journalist Jack Mabley ... When CDL leader answered in the negative, a roused Representative Joel Broyhill of Virginia immediatelyanbsp;...


Title:Perversion for Profit
Author: Whitney Strub
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2013-07-01
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