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The Sex Wars: Debates on Pornography and Sexual Violence

Overview:

The MRC holds the archive of the National Campaign for the Reform of the Obscene Publications Acts, an anti-censorship campaign group, which includes material relating to debates over censorship of pornography; and archives relating to the PROS Campaign (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).

Catalogue = 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).

Digitised = This symbol after a link means that it links to digitised copies of the documents.

Selected sources:

'Did you know that this shop sells pornographic mags?', 1983 Catalogue

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

Feminists Against Censorship, 1989-1998 Catalogue

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', 1990 Catalogue

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 Catalogue

Article in 'Socialist Action'.