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Criminalising Extreme Pornography: A Lost Opportunity

McGlynn, Clare; Rackley, Erika

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Erika Rackley


This article considers provisions criminalising the possession of ‘extreme pornography’ in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. It begins by outlining the current criminal law regime governing pornography, before considering the new measures in detail. We highlight the areas which are most likely to witness challenges, and the areas about which confusion seems inevitable. We close by considering the arguments for proscribing the possession of extreme pornography and possible ways forward, while recognising that, regrettably, the legislative opportunity to take action in this field has most likely now been lost.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Deposit Date Mar 28, 2011
Publicly Available Date Feb 14, 2014
Journal Criminal law review.
Print ISSN 0011-135X
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 4
Pages 245-260
Keywords Extreme pornography, Feminism, Defences, Penalties, Pornography, Possession of extreme pornographic images.
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This is an article accepted for publication in Criminal law review following peer review. The definitive published version McGlynn, Clare and Rackley, Erika (2009) 'Criminalising extreme pornography : a lost opportunity.', Criminal law review. (4). pp. 245-260 is available online on Westlaw UK or from Thomson Reuters DocDel service.

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