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Pornography and Public Health

Emily F. Rothman


Pornography and Public Health explores the scientific evidence that helps answer the question: “Is sexually explicit media causing epidemic harm to human health?” It situates this question in the context of historical concerns that sex and sexuality have the power to radicalize people and legal cases that have defined obscenity in the United States. It reveals how pornography came to be considered a public health crisis in multiple US states despite a lack of support and involvement of any governmental public health agency. It also reviews peer-reviewed scientific findings that address whether ... More

Keywords: pornography, sexually explicit media, obscenity, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, violence prevention, sex positivity, sex workers, prostitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190075477
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190075477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily F. Rothman, author
Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health