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Criminalising extreme pornography : a lost opportunity.

McGlynn, Clare and Rackley, Erika (2009) 'Criminalising extreme pornography : a lost opportunity.', Criminal law review. (4). pp. 245-260.


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.

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Additional Information:Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn (Durham University) have written widely on extreme pornography. You can read more about their research at and
Keywords:Extreme pornography, Feminism, Defences, Penalties, Pornography, Possession of extreme pornographic images.
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Publisher statement: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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Date deposited:14 February 2014
Date of first online publication:2009
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