Get free shipping in Canada on orders over $100.
Use code FREESHIP20 at checkout!
Connect on Social:

Bad Attitude/s on Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision

In Stock Unavailable

Regular price $27.95 |  Save $-27.95 (Liquid error (sections/product-template.liquid line 206): divided by 0% off)
/

0

Spend more to get free shipping within Canada.

Your cart qualifies for free shipping in Canada! Use code FREESHIP20 at checkout.

Product Details

By Brenda Cossman, Shannon Bell, Lisa Gotell & Becki Ross

Bad Attitude(s) on Trial is a critical analysis of pornography in the context of contemporary Canada. The notion that pornography both reflects sexual domination and 'victimizes' women has recently found expression in law in the landmark Canadian Supreme Court decision of R. v. Butler (1992). Many feminists embrace this new law as progressive, but in the post-Butler years, straight, mainstream pornography is still flourishing, while sexual representations that challenge conventional notions of sexuality, such as those centering on gay and lesbian sex and s/m sex, are the focus of censorship. It is the censorship of sexual others that the authors critique from a legal, cultural, gay, and philosophical standpoint.

Lise Gotell examines the intervention of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) in the Butler decision and provides an overview of socio-legal debates on pornography and censorship. Brenda Cossman examines the Butler decision itself and challenges the dominant reading of this case as a feminist victory. Becki Ross critically examines the expert testimony she delivered in defense of Bad Attitude, an American lesbian sex magazine seized by police from Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto in 1992. She details the difficulties she encountered in explicating and contextualizing the specificities, nuances, and complexities of lesbian s/m fantasy in a court of law. In the final chapter, Shannon Bell advances a conception of pornography that is not distinguishable from philosophy, using philosophy to make pornography.

Bad Attitude(s) on Trial provides a new debate on pornography and feminism. It will be of particular interest to students of both women's, and gay and lesbian issues, but will also be relevant for scholars of law, political science, and philosophy, as well as for anyone interested in a different, provocative view of the Butler decision.

Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Feb. 1 1997)
ISBN-13: 9780802076432
Product Dimensions: 15.32 x 2.11 x 22.86 cm

Shipping & Returns

Returns Policy

Please see our Returns & Exchanges Policy for complete details.

Shipping

We ship all orders in non-descript boxes for your privacy.

Recently Viewed Products

What are you looking for?

Join our Mailing List

Find about about in-store & online sales, community events and more!

Your cart