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Welcome to Against Pornography! Against Pornography is a feminist anti-pornography website which aims at raising the awareness about the harms of pornography (as well as of prostitution) to women and children -- both inside and outside of the industry -- and, also, the harms of pornography to its users, to relationships and to the society in general. The goals of this website are also to create a venue for people to speak of the harms of pornography, to encourage them to take action against pornography, to educate them on the dangers of it, and to urge men to reclaim their fantasies from corporate power and regain their humanity.
Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry. The annual revenue of that industry is $13.3 billion in the U.S. and $97 billion worldwide. What was once called "softcore" pornography is now part of the mainstream media. The sexual objectification of women can be easily noticed on cable TV shows, MTV, reality TV shows, in fashion, advertising, men and women's magazines, music videos, Hollywood films, video games, etc... At the same time, hardcore pornography has become increasingly more violent, aggressive and misogynistic.
The pornographers have also taken advantages of the latest technological inventions ( DVD's, the Internet, cell-phones, etc...) to make more profit and increase the sales of their misogynistic material.
Pornography is usually defended in many countries as "freedom of speech" or "freedom of expression".
Pornography is everywhere! Its sexist, racist, classist -- and sometimes homophobic -- messages and images have infiltrated the mainstream media and spread throughout the society and culture in America as well as in Great Britain. While the culture is glorifying pornography, a painful truth remains: Women and children are being sexually abused, sexually exploited and sexually victimized at rates that are epidemic! Many people in this society are becoming increasingly desensitized to violence.
Within such an overwhelming cultural, societal, technological and environmental "terrorism", a feminist critique of pornography is needed more than ever. Nevertheless, such a critique is largely censored from the mainstream media. When intelligent, educated, kind, considerate and potentially powerful feminist authors -- having with them a pile of evidence of the harms of pornography -- want to get their articles published in the mainstream press, they are turned down, in order to protect the pornography business from criticism.
The pornography industry is tied to the mainstream media.
At the same time, many members of the political Left glorify pornography as "sexual freedom", write articles that vilify radical feminists and accuse them of being in alliance with the Right wing (while, in fact, radical feminists reject the conservative Right's reactionary ideas). These leftists try to drive many people away from the radical feminist work (feminists' important books that they have kept on writing, in spite of the censorship the mainstream media has imposed on them). Leftists Should instead face the reality: striving for social justice and defending pornography are two things which are inherently contradictory!
The notion of "freedom of speech" is being used to protect the speech of the oppressor, not the one of the oppressed. The pornographers have hijacked the culture and have met little resistance ( especially due to the lack of information available to the general public). Pornographers have enough money to buy almost anything and make some people "buy" almost anything :
-- They have made many people believe that the women who are in pornography are there because they have made a "totally free choice" to be in there, because they love the pornographic sex and have chosen their career among a wide range of opportunities while in fact, the majority of those women were sexually abused when they were children or teenagers and most of them are poor and -- contrary to the myth -- most do not make a lot of money in the pornography industry while being subjected to coercions, violence, physical and psychological harms, drug addiction as well as health risks inside of this industry.
-- They have made many people believe that pornography is all about "First Amendment freedom" and "sexual freedom" while some pornography users -- who have been wrongly drawn to porn after absorbing the "It's a natural thing" cultural myth -- are still struggling with the cruel messages and the inhuman, violent and disconnected sexuality pornography is made of.
-- They have made many people believe that pornography can serve as a "safety valve" or a "catharsis" for the would-be rapists who would otherwise commit sexual offences, while there is absolutely no empirical research which supports that claim and the empirical social science research that exists, along with the testimonies of many sexual abuse victims and studies on sex offenders, have proven exactly the opposite: pornography makes the thought of rape become a sexual turn-on and makes many men believe that women ask for rape, enjoy pain and/or like sexually callous attitudes toward them. Pornography encourages men to be insensitive to women's pain and humanity.
The Internet -- although it has made pornographic material more available and accessible -- has become an invaluable means of communication for radical feminists who want to make their message known to people. This website will also provide useful links and book references.
Pornography is central to the oppression of women. Do not be fooled. Pornography is not about sexual freedom, unless it's about the sexual freedom for men to use and abuse women. Pornography uses sex as a means for cruelty to women. Do not be fooled. Pornography is nothing personal or private. Pornography is a huge political plot against women! Pornography is a threat to women's rights, dignity, safety and equality. It does not mean pornography needs to be banned or censored, as it would not be the right answer to the problem. It means people need to get educated on the dangers of pornography so that its consumption decreases and so does its harms!
The whole man-made pornographic system, the entire brutal circle of child abuse, prostitution, rape and battery, has to be overthrown in order to further women's equality and save empathy in this world...
Women are human beings, not sex objects to be degraded or hurt. SAY NO TO PORNO!
The creator of this website 'Against Pornography.'
NATIONAL FEMINIST ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY MOVEMENT
Thanks for your interest in feminist anti-pornography activities. This was our temporary home as we were in the process of building a new website. It’s an important and exciting time to be confronting the misogyny and racism of the pornography industry, and there are several new resources available to activists.
First is the new anti-pornography slide show in PowerPoint with a script that was developed by Gail Dines, Rebecca Whisnant and Robert Jensen. To receive a copy of the script and supplementary materials, along with the CD with the slides, send an email message to email@example.com
There also are several talks online from the conference, featuring the people involved in the production of that slide show. To find that video, go to:
or type "feminist anti-pornography" into Google Video at:
One of those speakers, Robert Jensen, also has a book on pornography, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity. For information about ordering, go to:
Also, please visit our new website: http://stoppornculture.org/home.html It contains lots of on-line resources, as well as a streaming video of the slide show that I co-wrote with Rebecca Whisnant and Robert Jensen. The site was designed to provide information and tools for activists/academics/anti-violence organizers.
Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Wheelock College (Boston, MA).
WHAT THIS WEBSITE IS FOR:
-- Documenting the harms of pornography (both inside and outside of the industry) and prostitution in a feminist perspective.
-- (Hopefully) Reducing further harms by providing evidence of these.
-- Showing the blatant misogyny and racism of the pornographic material.
-- Regarding pornography and prostitution not only as being inextricably related to each other, but as being one and the same thing. An ex-porn performer (who was interviewed by Ann Simonton) said: "Pornography is prostitution that is legalized as long as someone gets to take pictures or watch." (Not for Sale, 2004).
-- Regarding stripping as a part of the sex industry, and inherently harmful to women's equality, dignity, safety, and freedom from objectification.
-- Encouraging people (especially men) to stop using pornography, and/or prostitutes by showing them the industry's harms to women and children, and to themselves (as they are relinquishing their own humanity and getting further away from meaningful connections to other human beings -- some of you, unfortunately, -- I know -- , are beyond hope). It is my hope that at least some of you will understand.
-- Encouraging women and girls (as well as men, in some cases) to talk their partners (boyfriends, husbands, etc.) into stopping using pornography and/or refuse/stop dating someone who uses it (if women and girls are ready to do so).
-- Encouraging people to take actions against pornography which would not involve censorship of the material, but advocating other strategies to tackle the harms (such as education of communities on the harms, civil rights approach, etc.).
-- Recommending Anti-Pornography books and Internet links.
-- Sending your story if you have been harmed by pornography (or in prostitution) as a woman, the partner of a porn user, a family member of a user, an acquaintance of a porn user, in the making of porn, as a porn user him/herself, etc., in any of the ways described on this web site (please avoid religious comments as this is a secular website). You can send me your personal story anonymously via simply posting a comment on my blog's post here. Please do not forget that your personal account is very important. You are not alone. Your story matters and it could also help many other people understand the harms of this cruel industry. You could preserve your anonymity by either choosing a nickname or 'anonymous' when you post. Nobody would know who you are (not even me).
-- Advocating the Swedish approach to tackle the harms of prostitution and trafficking, rather than legalization which is a magnet to the pimps and traffickers and makes things worse for the women and children in prostitution (This will be explained).
-- Recognizing gender (that is to say cultural training to "masculinity" and "femininity") as being merely socially constructed and separate from sex (that is to say the type of sexual organs an individual was born with), although the two words get used interchangeably in this society (This will be explained on this website).
-- Encouraging people to regain their humanity, have empathy, and truly care for other people.
-- Encouraging a newer healthier vision of sexuality, that is free of any of the "gender" hierarchy, sexual objectification, domination/subordination, sado-masochism dynamics of pornography and this culture, and that is based on humanity, equality, communication, mutuality, respect and affection. This applies to gay and lesbian relationships too, not only to heterosexual ones.
-- Defending REAL feminism, which has been unfairly under attack (This will be explained too).
-- Creating a venue for people who recognize the harms, or who at least acknowledge that pornography "might be harmful". Send me your e-mails. I'll reply to you.
WHAT THIS WEBSITE IS NOT FOR:
-- Defending pornography, stripping, and/or prostitution (if you send me any of your knee-jerk lame excuses such as "Women freely choose", "Porn reduces rape", "Freedom of expression", or "you pro-censorship anti-sex prude", etc., your e-mails and comments will be ignored -- I will feel sorry for you though, as you are ultimately using those excuses to hide the real defenses that underlie your thoughts such as "my right to jerk off to porn and/or be selfish", etc., and you are giving up on your humanity -- there's nothing more beautiful in this world than being genuinely human). Pornography and prostitution are indefensible. The level of harms done to women and children is way too high! If you want to stupidly defend pornography, there are plenty of forums and blogs for that on the Net. Come back when you're less self-centered!
-- Trying to wrap a defense of pornography, prostitution, and/or stripping in some kind of a "Fuck me" feminism; trying to show "empowerment" where there's none (such e-mails and comments will be ignored).
-- Sending your insults (if you send me any abusive e-mails here, or offensive, hostile comments on my blog, they will be ignored. Some might get published on this website and used against you as a proof of pornography's negative effects on you).
-- Insulting radical feminists (such e-mails and comments will be ignored).
-- Insulting and/or blaming women, people of color, and/or homosexuals for anything (if you send me any such messages, they will be ignored; I might publish some of them in a new section just to further prove that there are misogynist, racist, and/or homophobic people like you out there).
-- Blaming the women in pornography, stripping and prostitution. They are not to be held responsible for the harms. The pornographers, the pimps, the johns, and the men who create the demand for pornography (especially the ones who carry on stubbornly using pornography after having read or heard about the harms) are responsible for the harms and proliferation of pornography and the sex industry.
-- Accusing us of being "anti-choice". I and many other feminists realized that women in the sex industry do not have any "real choice" in this society. Most of them have an economic necessity and a history of sexual abuse (There are plenty of studies that prove that -- check on this website). Around about 90% of them would rather leave the sex industry if they had the option. Some already have and decried its abuse (check on this website). Should we protect the right of a small 10% who'd rather stay, the rights of the few women who make a lot of money out of it instead of the rights of the overwhelming majority of prostituted women who never got the chance to make a meaningful choice and are sustaining unbearable violence and injury? I don't think so. So, do not even try to magnify the few isolated cases "of money and empowerment" here and there, like the mainstream media does. It doesn't work.
-- Imposing your religious moralities, if you are a conservative. No thanks.
-- Sending religious comments. I can fully understand that many of you (in such a depressing world), needing something to hold onto and to believe in, often turn to (unfortunately patriarchal) religions. However, please respect the fact that I am secular (and this is a secular website) by not sending any religious comment(s).
-- Telling us (feminists) that sexuality should only exist in the realm of marriage. No thanks. Not interested. Personally, I prefer partnership to marriage.
-- Defending gay or lesbian pornography. Feminists respect gays, lesbians and heterosexuals. However, we believe that ALL forms of PORNOGRAPHY are harmful. This applies to gay prostitution too, for prostituted men and boys are harmed within it.
-- Prudishness. None of this here, thank you.
-- Calling for government censorship of pornography. This wouldn't solve the problem, and we're anti-censorship. Educating communities to reduce the demand, advocating public forums to speak of the harms and a civil rights approach are better solutions.
-- Defending patriarchy and/or anti-feminism (such e-mails and comments will be ignored).
-- Denying that patriarchy still exists (many of you will do so just to try to protect the male-supremacist system -- such e-mails and comments will be ignored).
The creator of this website 'Against Pornography.'
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