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Anti-porn feminists battle lezzie sluts

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Anti-porn feminists battle lezzie sluts

"Anti-porn feminists battle lezzie sluts before top court," we reported, 10 years ago this spring. At the time, Little Sister's, a gay Vancouver bookstore was making its case before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Little Sister's was the subject of ongoing harassment by Canada Customs (now the Canada Border Services Agency), with books regularly seized and shredded at the border.


Photo by Shawn Scallen

The case was argued by Little Sister's, it's lawyer, Joe Arvay, and interveners including Cynthia Petersen (pictured above at the Supreme Court in March of 2000) for Equality of Gays and Lesbians Everywhere, as Egale Canada was then known.

Little Sister's won, but its victory was bittersweet. Border guards continue to hold gay material, most recently three films destined for the Inside Out Film Festival.

The headline poked fun at Equality Now's Janine Benedet, who read a gay rape scene into the record during the case. Equality Now, US academic Catharine MacKinnon and others argued at the time that porn is sick and damaging, rather than a healthy, fun part of many people's sexual lives.

— Xtra staff

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