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.

We also know that statistics don’t always…

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QotD: “I’ve come of age in the porn generation. Here are some of the problems we face”

Anti-Porn Feminists

My first lessons about sex didn’t come from sex education lessons, but were filtered through pre-pubescent boys, who received their information from porn. A 2008 report into youth exposure to pornography, carried out in the US, found that from a pool of 5,000 undergraduate students, 93% of boys and 62% of girls had been exposed to internet porn before the age of 18. The report also found that “boys were significantly more likely to view online pornography more often and to view more types of images”.

Porn provides a huge bank of sexual imagery, at the click of a button. Regrettably, it often depicts aggressive sexual acts – a 2010 analysis of 50 bestselling adult videos in the US found that 88% of the scenes included physical aggression. This aggression is overwhelmingly carried out by the male, with the target of the violence being a woman 94% of the time…

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Breaking the porcelain doll: underneath male sexual cruelty against women and children.

Legalised Lies

This writing was first posted on January 25th 2015 on my tumblr.

When one looks into the language that pornographers and consumers of mainstream porn use to describe scenes, you can spot a pattern.

It seems there are two things that are often accentuated:
1. The difference in power between the male subject and his body (“big”, “monstercock”, “huge”, “daddy” etc.) and the female object and her body (“tiny”, “tight”, “petite”, “teen”, “cute” etc.).
2. The violence that the subject inflicts on the object (“gets fucked”, “gets a pounding”, “is banged”, “destroyed”, “abused”, “violated”, “has to”, “is forced to”, can’t take it” etc.).

This idea of a big, cruel subject harming a small, vulnerble object is what drives many men’s sexuality today. It’s the kind of sex men desire, what they fantasize about and dream of enacting themselves, as subject. People often claim that pornography is fiction and that fantasies…

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In which I get pissed off because sex-pozzies are so dishonest about porn

“The overwhelming majority of porn is based on men’s dominance over women and the use of women as sexual objects.”

Purple Sage

Recently Gail Dines was in a discussion with Women’s Health magazine on the subject “more women than ever watching porn.” I am interested in this because I like Gail Dines and because I have been looking at the effects of watching porn on women. It was Gail Dines who helped me to realize how I’d been affected by porn and why I behaved the way I did as a teenager and young adult. However, this particular discussion went pretty badly. They had two sex-pozzie women on there with Dines and the whole conversation was rather watered down and useless. This makes me angry, because this is an important conversation and sex-pozzies will not talk about it honestly. Of course, this is also a shitty magazine, and I could never have expected anything good from them in the first place, but that doesn’t stop me from blogging about it!

So without further…

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QotD: “The most terrible thing about pornography is that it tells male truth”

Anti-Porn Feminists

The most terrible thing about pornography is that it tells male truth. The most insidious thing about pornography is that it tells male truth as if it were universal truth. Those depictions of women in chains being tortured are supposed to represent our deepest erotic aspirations. And some of us believe it, don’t we? The most important thing about pornography is that the values in it are the common values of men. This is the crucial fact that both the male Right and the male Left, in their differing but mutually reinforcing ways, want to keep hidden from women. The male Right wants to hide the pornography, and the male Left wants to hide its meaning. Both want access to pornography so that men can be encouraged and energized by it. The Right wants secret access; the Left wants public access. But whether we see the pornography or not, the…

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