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Susan J. Berkson

  • There are laws against discrimination; laws against sexual harassment; laws against doing violence to children; against lynching; against mutilating animals. These are not issues of speech. None of these are protected acts, even if they provide someone with sexual thrills. But do any of these to a woman in print or on a screen and we say it is speech and it is protected. In effect, protecting and defending pornography is the official state position.

    • Susan J. Berkson,
    • in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()
  • ... pornography is not a matter of private virtue and public morality. As the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously found, it is discrimination, personal injury and collective abuse, and as long as porn is protected, women are not.

    • Susan J. Berkson,
    • in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()
  • To deny that pornography has an impact is to deny entirely the power of advertising and the media. If sales of Reese's Pieces soared after the candy appeared in a single film ('E.T.'), how can we deny the impact of daily porn bombardment? We need to work on a number of levels at once: education, prevention and intervention, as well as public policy approaches. It is no longer a matter of obscenity. It is a matter of civil rights. The alternative is to abandon our children and grandchildren to the pornographers.

    • Susan J. Berkson,
    • in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()
  • ... in the new world economy of terror, the currency is us.

    • Susan J. Berkson,
    • "No Wonder We're Numb," in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()
  • As long as guns are protected, children are not ...

    • Susan J. Berkson,
    • "We Share Blame for Failing to Protect Kids From Guns," in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()

Susan J. Berkson, U.S. writer, commentator