Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
- Reading age: 0
"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail
Pornography addresses a very important issue in a rational, analytical manner. Society tells us that we aren't supposed to look at pornography -- much less talk publicly about it -- but the Internet has created unprecedented access to porn over the last few years.
This book deals with pornography as a social issue, translating the best academic research into reader-friendly language.
About the authors
Debbie Nathan is an award-winning New York City-based journalist who writes frequently for the US press about sexual politics. Her many honors include the John Barlow Martin Award for Public Interest Journalist and the H.L. Mencken Award. She is the author of Women and Other Aliens: Essays from the U.S.-Mexico Border and co-author, with Michael Snedeker, of Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt. She appears in and worked on the documentary film Capturing the Friedmans.
Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.
- Commended, Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction
...this overview presents the pros and cons of adult entertainment in surprisingly fair measure, and the source notes, further resources, and extensive time line...will help readers who want more information to help them figure out where they stand on the issue.
Debbie Nathan is frank and cool as she surveys arguments against and defenses of [pornography]...a thoroughly compelling read.