Only Words

ISBN-10: 0674639340

ISBN-13: 9780674639348

Edition: 1993

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When is rape not a crime? When it's pornography--or so First Amendment law seems to say: in film, a rape becomes "free speech." Pornography, Catharine MacKinnon contends, is neither speech nor free. Pornography, racial and sexual harassment, and hate speech are acts of intimidation, subordination, terrorism, and discrimination, and should be legally treated as such. Only Words is a powerful indictment of a legal system at odds with itself, its First Amendment promoting the very inequalities its Fourteenth Amendment is supposed to end. In the bold and compelling style that has made her one of our most provocative legal critics, MacKinnon depicts a society caught in a vicious hypocrisy. Words that offer bribes or fix prices or segregate facilities are treated by law as acts, but words and pictures that victimize and target on the basis of race and sex are not. Pornography--an act of sexual domination reproduced in the viewing--is protected by law in the name of "the free and open exchange of ideas." But the proper concern of law, MacKinnon says, is not what speech says, but what it does. What the "speech" of pornography and of racial and sexual harassment and hate propaganda does is promote and enact the power of one social group over another. Cutting with surgical deftness through cases of harassment in the workplace and on college campuses, through First Amendment cases involving Nazis, Klansmen, and pornographers, MacKinnon shows that as long as discriminatory practices are protected as free speech, equality will be only a word.
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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Defamation And Discrimination
Racial And Sexual Harassment
Equality And Speech
Notes
Index
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