Instructor(s): Janet Halley

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7111H.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.

This course focuses on the conflict among feminists over pornography in Canada and the US, a legal and cultural struggle that continues to inform feminist thought. We will study the emergence of pornography as a focus of feminist concern, the evolving legal frameworks and social practices that feminists encountered as they organized to address it, and four specific sites of struggle in which their effort took shape: emerging grassroots organization and conflict among feminists; the Barnard Conference (1982); the feminist move to the state in the US; and the feminist move to the state in Canada. In the process, we will study the relationships between feminist and other social movements and formations, including civil rights/black power, gay liberation, the emerging New Right, the establishment of a niche market for feminist pornography, and the founding of Pornography Studies at some universities. We will close the course with reflections on what the conflict over pornography means for contemporary feminist thought and practice.

This course involves research into written and visual material the very existence of which has been and continues to be controversial. We are not shying from that controversy; exploring and even exploding it is the very point of the course. Participants in the course will form an agreement at the beginning of the term about how to view, handle, discuss, and distribute these materials respectfully.

will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 11, 2019.

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


Wednesday, January 9, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Thursday, January 10, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Friday, January 11, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Monday, January 14, 2019: 10:30 - 12:20
Tuesday, January 15, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 8:50 - 10:20
Thursday, January 17, 2019: 12:30 - 2:00
Friday, January 18, 2019: 2:10 - 4:00