Archive Report

Agitation for Controls

Coming Report by Attorney General's Panel

Only a few years ago pornographic materials appeared on the verge of overcoming a long tradition of legal restraints and entering the mainstream of American culture. Main Street, it seemed at times, would soon resemble Times Square, where magazines and films depicting a bewildering variety of sexual activities are openly available. Pornographic films, once viewed mostly by the furtive patrons of seedy theaters, began showing up on videotape in millions of living rooms.1

But a reaction against the explosive growth of the pornography business has set in. Things have gone too far, too fast for many people—liberals as well as conservatives. Pornography is becoming increasingly violent and more difficult to avoid, critics say. In addition, pornography is seen ...

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