On the Difficulty of Hearing What Our Prophets Are Saying
Sometimes a failure of imagination lies at the heart of resistance to reform. If we surmount that obstacle a different one often appears-namely, a failure of perception--just as a reform movement crystallizes and gathers force. The reformers' message disconcerts: If true, our world would need to change. There would be confusion; power would shift. Accordingly, we ignore or trivialize what they say or translate their concerns into more familiar, less challenging terms. Chapter 4 deals with ways in which main- stream (even liberal) legal scholars marginalize outsider writing. Chapter 5 discusses a second mechanism--gathering with the like-minded--by which we cope with fragmentation and trouble. Chapter 6 addresses translation and failure-to-see as responses to radical new claims. This chapter examines the reactions of a number of writers and social scientists to the suggestion that hard-core pornography needs to be regulated because it injures women.