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Philosophy in the Bookshop - Nigel Warburton and Naomi Wolf

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We're delighted to be hosting a very special after-hours 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' event with Nigel Warburton and feminist activist and author, Naomi Wolf to discuss her new book 'Outrages'.

The bestselling author of Vagina illuminates a dramatic history - how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting down to our day.

That law was the Obscene Publications Act and it was a crucial turning point. Why? Because dissent and morality; 'deviancy' and 'normalcy'; unprintable and printable were suddenly lawful concepts in the modern sense. This new law effectively invented modern obscenity. Before 1857 it wasn't 'homosexuality' - a term that didn't yet exist - that was a crime, but simply the act of sodomy. But in a single stroke, not only was love between men illegal, but anything referring to this love also became obscene, unprintable, unspeakable. And writers, editors and printers became the gatekeepers with a responsibility to uphold the morals of the society - followed by serious criminal penalties if they didn't.

She depicts both a fascinating story and, crucially, an important way of understanding how we arrived at our ideas of 'normalcy' and 'deviancy' - and the idea of the state's purported need and right to police speech - ideas which are with us to this day.


This event takes place in the Philosophy Department at Blackwell's Oxford. (Please note that there is no ramp to this area of the shop)

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