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    Perversion for Profit The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right

    ISBN-10: 0231148860
    ISBN-13: 9780231148863
    Author(s): Whitney Strub
    Description: While America is not alone in its ambivalence toward sex, its preferences swing sharply between toleration and censure. This pattern has grown even more pronounced since the 1960s, with the emergence of the New Right and its attack on the "floodtide  More...
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    Publisher: Columbia University Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 400
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.650
    Language: English

    While America is not alone in its ambivalence toward sex, its preferences swing sharply between toleration and censure. This pattern has grown even more pronounced since the 1960s, with the emergence of the New Right and its attack on the "floodtide of filth" supposedly sweeping the nation. Antipornography campaigns became the New Right's political capital in the 1960s, laying the groundwork for the "family values" agenda that shifted the country to the right. Perversion of Profit traces the anatomy of this trend, conducting archival research in twenty-four states and recounting the debates over obscenity that consumed members of the ACLU in the 1950s, the deployment of obscenity charges against gay media during the cold war, and the rise of the influential Citizens for Decent Literature during the 1960s.Whitney Strub illustrates the crucial function of pornography in constructing the New Right agenda, which emphasized social issues over racial and economic inequality. He situates the fight over obscenity within the politics of 1950s pop culture and the pivotal events that followed: the sexual revolution, feminist activism, the "porno chic" moment of the early 1970s, and resurgent Christian conservatism, which now shapes public policy far beyond the issue of sexual decency. Following these battles to the early months of the Obama administration, Strub isolates the undercurrents of anti-Communist rhetoric that once powered the antipornography movement and continues to permeate political discourse. Connecting the lowest forms of entertainment to the highest levels of government, he revolutionizes our understanding of sex and American politics.

    Introduction
    The Rediscovery of Pornography: Emergence of a Cold War Moral Panic
    Ambivalent Liberals: Theorizing Obscenity Under Consensus Constraints
    Arousing the Public: Citizens for Decent Literature and the Emergence of the Modern Antiporn Movement
    Damning the Floodtide of Filth: The Rise of the New Right and the Political Capital of Moralism
    The Permissive Society: Porno Chic and the Cultural Aftermath of the Sexual Revolution
    Resurrecting Moralism: The Christian Right and the Porn Debate
    Pornography is the Practice, Where Is the Theory?: Second-Wave Feminist Encounters with Porn
    Vanilla Hegemony: Policing Sexual Boundaries in the Permanent Culture-War Economy
    Notes
    Acknowledgments
    Index

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