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The Sex Wars: Debates on Pornography and Sexual Violence


The MRC holds the archive of the National Campaign for the Reform of the Obscene Publications ActsLink opens in a new window, an anti-censorship campaign group, which includes material relating to debates over censorship of pornography; and archives relating to the PROS CampaignLink opens in a new window (Programme for Reform of the Law on Soliciting), which campaigned on behalf of sex workers for changes in the law on prostitution.

Feminist and left-wing magazines can also include articles on sexual violence and objectification of women (some articles can be identified in the online catalogue, others may be found by skimming through the publications).

= This symbol after a link means that it links to catalogue descriptions of the documents (including the reference numbers which will help you to order up the original documents at the MRC).

Selected sources:

Reclaim the Night, 1979-1980Link opens in a new window

Three leaflets relating to 'Reclaim the Night' protests, demanding that women should be able to be in public places and remain safe at night.

'Did you know that this shop sells pornographic mags?', 1983Link opens in a new window 

Anti-porn leaflet handed out by protesters in Leamington Spa.

Feminists Against Censorship, 1989-1998Link opens in a new window

Correspondence, leaflets, circulars and other material produced by Feminists Against Censorship are included in the archives of the anti-censorship National Campaign for the Reform of the Obscene Publications Acts.

'Desperately seeking consensus', 1990Link opens in a new window 

Roundtable discussion between Helena Kennedy, Isabel Koprowski, Mandy Merck, Suzanne Moore and Clare Short on women and pornography, published in the magazine 'Marxism Today'.

'Sexual violence, pornography and censorship', 1990

Article in 'Socialist Action'.