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Gay Male Pornography

An Issue of Sex Discrimination

The 2000 case of Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Customs Canada provided Canada’s highest court with its first opportunity to consider whether the analysis set out in R. v. Butler – in which the Supreme Court identified pornography as an issue of sex discrimination – applies to pornography intended for a lesbian or gay male audience. The Court held that it did, finding that, like heterosexual pornography, same-sex pornography also violates the sex equality interests of all Canadians. Christopher Kendall supports this finding, arguing that gay male pornography reinforces those social attitudes that create systemic inequality on the basis of sex and sexual orientation – misogyny and homophobia alike – by sexually conditioning gay men to those attitudes and practices.

296 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents



Introduction: From Butler to Little Sisters: What Went Wrong with Gay Male Liberation?

1 Pornography as Inequality: A Perspective on Hate Speech and the Meaning of Sexism

2 Sex Equality and Homophobia

3 Sexualizing Masculinity, Normalizing Inequality: Gay Male Pornography Post-Butler

4 Abusing Real People: The “Actors’” Perspective

5 Gay Male Pornography and Violence: Partner Abuse and Rape

6 Gay Male Pornography: An Issue of Sex Discrimination

7 “Protecting” Gay Youth: Why Self-Loathing Is Not a Path to Safety

8 Controlling Pornographic Harm Post-Butler: Some Thoughts on Canada Customs, the Police, and Judicial Bias






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