Diana E. H. Russell, well-known for her pioneer research on the prevalence of rape and child sexual abuse, the reality of wife rape, the trauma of incestuous abuse, and the misogynist killing of women (femicide), breaks new ground once again in her analysis of pornography and its relationship with misogyny and rape. In this unflinching and uncompromising volume, Diana E. H. Russell examines the relationships between pornography, misogyny, and rape. As the title implies, Russell contends that these relationships are in fact dangerous to women. Dangerous Relationships begins by dealing with the vexing and thorny issue of defining pornography and considers the various types of pornographic materials that are commonly available. Russell turns to the notion that hatred of women is a predominate aspect of pornography and that racist undercurrents are often exploited in visual pornography of all types. She examines the conception of pornography as a cause of rape and provides a rich body of statistical evidence supporting the relationship. Dangerous Relationships argues forcefully that pornography indeed has victims and is a call to arms against the misogyny it engenders. Because pornography is increasingly accessible through the Internet, CD ROMs, digital cameras, and new technology, Dangerous Relationships will be important to scholars in the fields of violence against women, child abuse, interpersonal violence, deviant psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS PORNOGRAPHY?
Inconsistencies in Definitions
Types of Pornography
The Contents of Pornography
The Circulation Rates for Selected Pornographic Magazines
PART TWO: PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES AS WOMAN HATRED
Picturing Woman Hatred
What's in the Picture and What Does It Mean?
PART THREE: PORNOGRAPHY AS A CAUSE OF RAPE
Pornography Is No Fantasy
Males' Propensity To Rape
Pornography as a Cause of Rape
Further Empirical Findings on Pornography as a Cause of Rape
PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
American Public Opinion on Pornography
The Power of Pro-Porn Americans To Dominate