Essay: Pornography Through the Looking Glass

Television ushered in the new year by cracking what it breathlessly billed as "the last taboo": incest. Liberal Minneapolis celebrated by backtracking a couple of taboos and considering a ban on pornography. One would have thought that that particular hang-up had been overcome. But even though the ban voted by the Minneapolis city council was eventually vetoed by Mayor Donald Fraser, pornography is evidently a hang-up of considerable tenacity. And according to the proposed law it is more than that: it is a violation of civil rights.

Now that seems like a peculiar notion,...

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