1 Yale J.L. & Feminism 111 (1989)
Pornography and the Traffic in Women: Brief on Behalf of Trudee Able-Peterson, et al., Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant and Intervenor-Defendants, Village Books v. City of Bellingham

handle is hein.journals/yjfem1 and id is 121 raw text is: Pornography and the Traffic in Women:
Brief on Behalf of Trudee Able-Peterson,
et al., Amici Curiae in Support of
Defendant and Intervenor-Defendants,
Village Books v. City of Bellingham
Margaret A. Baldwint
Introduction
Some nights ago, while I was struggling with how to introduce this
piece, I decided that the only reasonable course was to reread John
Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. There they all were, Tom and Ma
Joad, Preacher Casy, Rose of Sharon, Uncle John, Ruthie and Winfield,
the bank agents, the truck, Route 66, California. The little story, the story
in the story, is about what they learn from each other, what becomes of
this sharecropper family evicted from their land in Oklahoma, battered by
wind, poverty and exploitation. Then there is the story surrounding the
story, the historical story of the Depression Dust Bowl, of labor resis-
tance, of human suffering and death. That larger story is both roots and
atmosphere of the novel, elevating the story of the small Joad family into
an act of political exegesis. Then there are the stories but half-told in the
novel, the stories of the characters not placed on center stage like Tom and
Ma Joad, but who move in and out of the story only as they have mean-
ing for Tom or Ma. If The Grapes of Wrath were Rose's story, or Win-
field's, we would know them all differently.
What follows is a legal brief on prostitution, and the relationship be-
tween pornography and prostitution. It was written for and filed in a real
t Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law.
For Toby Summer, survivor, poet, gardener, resister.
I wish to thank the amici, whose work and lives made sayable what is said in this brief, Annie
McCombs, whose organizing skills, tenacity, wisdom and friendship made it possible, Washington
Women for Civil Rights, Jane Doe, Mary Moe, Linda Marchiano, Catharine MacKinnon, Andrea
Dworkin, and Deborah Maranville, who made it audible, and Arizona Luciano, Patricia Leary, An-
gela Hatcher, Beverly Perkins and Marlene Guerrieri, who made it material. I would also like to
express my gratitude to Jeanne Barkey, Pauline Bart, Rhea Becker, Evelina Kane, Nikki Craft,
Dorchen Leidholdt, Norma Ramos, Penelope Seator, Therese Stanton, Dorothy Teer, Melinda
Vadas, Julie Vobosa and all women and men who work in this movement for the inspiration of their
courage and dedication.

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