1. See The Invention of Pornography: Obscenity and the Origins
of Modernity, 1500-1800, ed. Lyn Hunt (New York: Zone, 1993).
2. Linda Williams' pivotal book on pornography, Hard Core:
Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible" (Berkeley: Uni-
versity of California Press, 1989) evades the proporn/antiporn
dilemma, and although my argument departs from Williams' in
many respects, her work has influenced me significantly. Angela
Carter's The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography
(New York: Pantheon, 1978) has also been important in shap-
ing my thinking.
For essays in the "pro-sex" tradition, along with a variety of
other feminist anticensorship approaches to porn, see Caught
Looking: feminism, pornography & censorship, ed. Kate Ellis et al.
(New York: Caught Looking, 1986); Powers of Desire: The Poli-
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