Pornography Hearings.
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Pornography Hearings.

Attorney-General Edwin Meese’s Commission on Pornography was appointed during Ronald Reagan’s second presidential term to appease conservative and fundamentalist supporters who felt the “Reagan Revolution” had not sufficiently altered the nation’s social agenda. During 1985 and 1986, public hearings were held in six U.S. cities, featuring displays of sexually-explicit pictures and films and testimony by anonymous witnesses (such as in this photo) who claimed to be “victims” of pornography. The hearings focused on dramatic visual images to support otherwise unsubstantiated arguments about the harmful effects of pornography—and sexual behavior in general.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice.