Dalhousie Law Journal


pornography, Canada, Supreme Court of Canada, obscenity law, lesbian, gay, feminists


Bad Attitude/s on Trial presents a "critical analysis of pornography in the context of contemporary Canada,"' with a particular focus on the impact of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in R. v. Butler,2 and its reformulation of the basis of obscenity law. The book is co-written by four Canadian academics: Brenda Cossman, Shannon Bell, Lise Gotell, and Becki L. Ross. Each has contributed a separate section of the book, along with an introduction by Cossman and Bell. The result is a vital, theoretically sophisticated addition to the literature on pornography; a vivid documentation of the impact of obscenity law on the lives of lesbians, gay men, and others in Canada; and a scathing and powerful indictment of the complicity of anti-pornography feminists in the maintenance of the heteronormative moral order.