Porn and Sexual Liberation

“Tears fall, quite rightly, when we hear of the exploitation of sweat-shop workers, but when it’s the blood, sweat, tears and other bodily fluids of people in porn at issue, we get told that it’s not exploitation it’s sexual freedom. Whose sexual freedom? Economic freedom for the porn industry, sexual and economic exploitation for the workers.”

Anti-Porn Feminists

Image from www.palousephotography.org

This is the finished essay of the talk given by Joy as part of the ARF workshop at the Anarchist Bookfair.

Cross-posted at Autonomous Radical Feminists blog

Porn and Sexual Liberation

I’m told that porn is all about choice; the choice to make porn and the choice to use it. I can understand that – we’d all love to have plenty of choice in our sex lives. And I can see there’s plenty of choice involved in porn: business choice for the pornographers, economic choice for the multi-national porn industry, consumer choice for porn users. Pornographers, the porn industry, the johns, all exercise their choice to profit from the sale and use of women’s, children’s and men’s bodies. The former three have the greater choices (if what the latter are left with can be said to even constitute a choice at all).

I’m told that porn is just fantasy, not…

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Porn Myths

Anti-Porn Feminists

One Angry Girl has a great porn myths resource up on her web site. The image is interactive (on her website, not here!), with each thought balloon leading to a refutation of that myth.

Here’s one example:

“The relationship between particularly sexually violent images in the media and subsequent aggression…is much stronger statistically than the relationship between smoking and lung cancer.”

–Researcher Edward Donnerstein

Many porn apologists have theorized that using pornography helps oversexed men get those nasty impulses out of their system safely.  Without porn, they insist, more rapes would occur.

We at o.a.g. know this isn’t true, because despite the phenomenal growth of all kinds of porn during the last few decades, reported rapes have increased 500% since 1960, according to the National Victim Center.  In New York City in 2002, for example, all crime decreased except rape, which increased.

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QotD: “Gender is internal to patriarchy. There is no meaningful continuation of gender outside of patriarchy”

Anti-Porn Feminists

you aren’t a marxist leftist if you don’t believe in sex oppression and reproductive exploitation of the female. marx was a fuckin terf, engels was a fuckin terf, you loons. you vapid goofs. literally that is the basis of collectivist-communalist political theories, the bourgeois exploitation of female reproductive labour as a way to serve the maintenance of a large proletariat wage slavering workforce

the tie is inextricable and this ‘soft queer radical communist’ tripe has no actual basis of intelligent, coherent thought behind it
liberalist tarrycock…neocaptialist idiocy

why have the queer cabal co-opted all of the edge with none of the analysis? this is starting to become more and more apparent to me and is disconcerting. it is a real obstacle to liberatory direct action when identity politics take precedence over materialist analysis.

if your identity is dependent upon the capitalist consumption of goods engineered to perpetuate the oppression of…

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Walking It Back

“I don’t want criticizing transgenderism to be used as an excuse for a backlash from the right against homosexuals, but it has a good chance of playing out that way, because the left can’t own the discussion because the left won’t allow the discussion to happen.”

There Are So Many Things Wrong With This

I was talking to someone the other day about Obama’s order on transgenderism, and she said she it was hard to see how we could walk this one back.

My initial reaction was to say that medicine has to lead the way, since they validated it in the first place. Stop with the junk diagnoses and acknowledge that there are several different things going on here:

1. People have genuine severe body dysphorias (rare) and want surgery to remove parts.
2. Men with autogynephilia (crossdressing sexual fetish) are increasingly being allowed in under this validating umbrella, a fetish that is correlated to some extent with the committing of violent sex crimes, and these men are treated as misfortunates who need support.
3. Lesbians are socially pressured into medical transitioning if they do not perform femininity.
4. Adolescents don’t feel comfortable with their changing bodies and/or their personalities don’t align with…

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The UN’s Good vs. Bad Narrative Clears the Way for Sexual Violence and Impunity

“The narrative is this: people living in these “war torn” societies don’t have the same moral values as the troops who come, often but not always from Western countries, to protect them. As the Blue Helmets head off on their expeditions, they’re applauded for bravely choosing to bring decency into a country where citizens are too barbaric to look after themselves. It’s this good vs. bad narrative that clears the way for violence.”

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Content warning: Rape, Sexual violence and abuse

by Maya Goodfellow

A Blue Helmet’s job is, quite literally, to keep the peace. The UN peacekeepers whose nickname comes from their characteristic headwear, are supposed to protect people in countries torn apart by war. However a steady drip of accusations coming out of the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests it’s Blue Helmets who are the threat to civilian safety.

Three girls in the CAR have told a harrowing tale, in which a French peacekeeper tied them up, along with their friend, stripped them and then forced them to have sex with a dog. This sickening abuse of power is not isolated. Soldiers from France, Gabon, and Burundi have allegedly committed atrocious acts of sexual abuse against women and girls in the CAR. Just last year, peacekeepers reportedly forced refugee children to perform sex acts on them, telling them it was the only way…

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How does a pro-prostitution organisation who put under-aged girls into a brothel and who has been accused by police of keeping a brothel receive a human rights award?

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This is not a new story but, with the recent events surrounding a UNAIDS advisor being imprisoned for 15 years for pimping and sex trafficking, it is pertinent. Alejandra Gil was the founder of APROASE and Vice-President of NSWP, a group which advised UNAIDS. WHO acknowledges Gil as having assisted them in writing their recommendations. When Amnesty International was asked to name the groups with which it had consulted to reach its decision on decriminalisation, UNAIDS and WHO were the names it consistently trotted out—as did its supporters. As a side note, it’s interesting that the majority of sex worker rights organisations are staunchly defending the innocence of Gil. I have yet to see any of them defend the prostituted women who were brave enough to give evidence against Gil.

India, a country where conditions for prostitutes are wretched. Rural families with not enough to eat often give up their…

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