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    Overview of the Women Against Pornography Organization

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    The history and government influence of the Women Against Pornography organization are among the topics considered in this paper consisting of five pages. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    well as the ways in which they exert their influence with the government and the public. WOMEN AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY In 1978 the organization Women Against Pornography (WAP) was founded  in New York City. Now an international organization, affiliates can be found in virtually every nation in the world, from Scotland to Australia to Wales and all the places  in between. Their location listed in New York is 358 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. Phone: 212-307-5505. This organization is founded on the premise that  "First Amendment rights should not include materials which victimize women in any manner" (Denha 2002, PG). One of the co-founders of this organization, Dorchen Leidholdt, explains that it is  the feeling of WAP that pornography is a leading cause of violence and other illegal activities including drug use, kidnapping and crime. Leidholdt filed a lawsuit against Hustler Magazine  that was later moved from Wyoming to California. She has written several books on the subject of pornography leading to violence, and is, according to her biographical data,  "A feminist activist attorney, is the director of a legal services program for battered women in New York City and co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, an  international nongovernmental organization with consultative status to the United Nations. She has represented hundreds of victims of prostitution, rape and battering" (Who is Doris Leidholdt 2002, PG).  In 1985 there was a hearing before the Meese Commission, which was the US Attorney Generals Commission on Pornography. Women Against Pornography have been very active in give speeches,  making presentations and meeting with commissions and attorneys to speak out against Pornography. THE BEGINNING OF AN ERA Many of the feminism groups including Women Against Pornography were organized 

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