Naomi Wolf, the bestselling and controversial author of The Beauty Myth and Vagina, illuminates the dramatic history of how a single English law led to a maelstrom with long lasting reverberations. Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love reveals how the Obscene Publications Act 1857 effectively invented modern censorship and homosexuality as a crime. It was not repealed until 1959, although some of its clauses are still in force.
She demonstrates how the publishing industry was compelled to uphold the morals of society and describes the ways that the law played out amongst a bohemian group of sexual dissidents in Britain and America. In conversation with Miranda Sawyer, journalist, broadcaster and author of Out of Time.