this is a discourse on the first amendment (freedom of speech) and the fourteenth amendment (equal protection law) and how differently the american courts treat these laws when it comes to sexual and racial equality, and specifically pornography. awesome. except that it's a really dense read, which makes it hard and pretty inaccessible. mackinnon is an icon for feminists and anti-pornographers (that's me), but she's also a law professor, which is probably why this book reads the way it does. i wish it was more accessible and didn't require such major concentration, not to mention having a computer constantly on hand to look up court cases and get more information about so many things.here are some important bits that you won't have to read too, too slowly."Protecting pornography means protecting sexual abuse as speech, at the same time that both pornography and its protection have deprived women of speech, especially speech against sexual abuse.""This message [of pornography:] is addressed directly to the penis, delivered through an erection, and taken out on women in the real world.""How many women's bodies have to stack up here even to register against male profit and pleasure presented as First Amendment principle?""If used at work, this spread [magazine pornography:] would create a hostile unequal working environment actionable under federal sex discrimination law. But there is no law against a hostile unequal living environment, so everywhere else it is protected speech.""Speech theory does not disclose or even consider how to deal with power vanquishing powerlessness; it tends to transmute this into truth vanquishing falsehood, meaning what power wins becomes considered true. Speech, hence the lines within which much of life can be lived, belongs to those who own it, mainly big corporations."