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The Politics of Legal Challenges

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This book offers a cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary analysis of how the explosive spread of pornography contributes to violence against women, including prostitution, while presenting a political and legal theory on how to effectively stop it. It guides the reader through fifty years of significant empirical research on the harms, including a vast array of different studies illuminating pornography's powerful impact on men, a majority of whom consume it. In a comparative analysis of legal challenges in Canada, Sweden, and the United States, it demonstrates why civil rights, not criminal laws, can empower those hurt, subordinated, and exploited while efficiently dismantling the sex industry, consistent with free speech guarantees.
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  1. En kritisk bok med vetenskaplig akribi!
    Daniel Nordström, 9 mars 2022

    Max Wallmans bok är slagkraftig och för ett sakligt övertygande resonemang genom hela boken om pornografins skadliga effekter. Boken är fylld med referat till statistik, rapporter och intervjuer på olika ämnen som berör pornografins företag, intressenter, konsumenter och skådespelare, över tid och i jämförelser över länder.

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Catharine A. MacKinnon, U. of Michigan, Harvard Law Nothing comes close to Waltman's magisterial penetrating analysis of the law and politics of pornography today. His accessible up-to-date treatment of the empirical evidence on pornography's harms rebuts brainwashing campaigns of disinformation that pass for research. His compelling comparative accounts of pornography's hegemonic legal status and politics are unparalleled. His calm critique of democratic systems' tolerance, even embrace, of pornography in the face of its documented harms to disadvantaged groups used to make it, and targeted through its consumers, is devastating. His exploration of civil rights as a tool for democratic change offers hope. If you care about equality, or are curious about a powerful and profitable industry routinely lied about, that gets away with it; if you want to make up your own mind about this vicious force for sexual abuse hidden in plain sight, affecting us all, Waltman's book is for you.

Kathleen Mahoney FRSC, University of Calgary The Politics of Legal Challenges to Pornography is a tour de force in the on-going quest for equality for women. It is the deepest and most thorough theoretical and legal treatment of pornography I've ever come across. Using intersectionality as his conceptual framework, Max Waltman tackles one of the most politically difficult and problematic feminist issues in a clear, coherent, and consistent way that cannot be ignored. His impeccable logic and intersectional analysis helps the reader understand why, notwithstanding the profound equality implications of pornography, classical liberal and postmodern theories adopted by democratic societies such as Canada, The United States and Sweden have failed to protect women from its proven harms. The book is an eloquent and timely plea for democratic societies to move beyond discriminatory limitations of current free expression doctrine.

Lori Watson, Washington University in St. Louis Waltman has produced a manuscript of great significance and one that breaks new ground in many respects. This book is arguably the most important work on pornography in the last two decades, at least, if not more. Overall, I am deeply impressed with this work. It is a model of outstanding interdisciplinary scholarship. Waltman's mastery of law, political, legal, and feminist theory is truly impressive.

Ethics Waltman's Pornography: The Politics of Legal Challenges is an ambitious, empirically informed, and jurisprudentially skilled argument for the regulation of (some) pornography.

Mary Kate McGowan, Wellesley College, Ethics Waltman's Pornography: The Politics of Legal Challenges is an ambitious, empirically informed, and jurisprudentially skilled argument for the regulation of (some) pornography...Waltman's discussion of the various unsuccessful attempts to regulate pornography in the United States, Canada, and Sweden is quite nuanced in recounting the jurisprudential reasons cit...

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Max Waltman is a researcher at Stockholm University who has published on the politics of legal challenges to prostitution, sex trafficking, and pornography, including its association with gender-based violence and sex inequality. His scholarly work is comparative, centering on Canada, Sweden, the United States, and international law. It appears in Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, Michigan Journal of International Law, Women's Studies International Forum, Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, and Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, as well as in other publications. His op-eds have been published in the New York Times, Toronto Star, in Swedish newspapers, and various online news sites. Legislative bodies domestically and abroad have consulted him, and he works on policy initiatives with prostitution survivors and feminist groups. Waltman was previously a visiting researcher and fellow at Harvard University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has received post-doctoral research funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundations in Sweden and was awarded the Sweden-America Foundation's Prince Bertil fellowship in 2016.


Preface Introduction Part I: Harms and Challenges to Democracy Chapter 1. Supply, Demand, and Production Harms Chapter 2. Harm Caused by Consumers Chapter 3. Democracy and Hierarchy Part II: The United States Chapter 4. The Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinances 1983-1991 Chapter 5. Federal Responses 1984-2014 Part III: Canada Chapter 6. Legislative Attempts 1983-1988 Chapter 7. Judicial Challenges 1982-2019 Part IV: Sweden Chapter 8. Challenging Production 1993-2005 Chapter 9. Substantive Equality Prostitution Law 1999-2019 Conclusions