Book Review: Kendall, C. N. (2004). Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination.Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.
Book review in a scholarly journal
Speaking out against pornography, and in particular the individual and systemic harms it causes, is a difficult task. Firstly, there is the risk of being labelled a 'moral crusader', attempting to paternalistically censor freedom of speech and the sexual activities of consenting adults1. Secondly, those who oppose pornography are accused of defying legal logic by arguing that pornography causes harm, which is alleged not tobe scientifically quantifiable 2.
The task of speaking out against pornography is made even more difficult if one is speaking of the harms of gay male pornography, which is perceived by many gay men to be empowering3. This is because some argue that gay male pornography provides positive representations of gay male sexuality in a homophobic society - a society in which gay male identity is stifled and censored by compulsory heterosexuality4. Christopher Kendall, a gay male academic and long time opponent of the production and distribution of gay male pornography, has not been afraid to face these criticisms5. Kendall's latest book 'Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination' is no exception6.
Evans, M. (2005). [Book Review: Kendall, C. N. (2004). Gay male pornography: An issue of sex discrimination. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press]. University of Notre Dame Law Review, 7, 127-135.