Saturday, 19 January 2008

Against Pornography -- Anti-Pornography Website

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!

-- Home page.

Web site contains sections:

PORNOGRAPHY: A DEFINITION
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (FAQ's)
PORNOGRAPHY: ITS CONTENT AND THE SPEECH ISSUE
WOMEN IN THE SEX INDUSTRY: CHOICES, COERCIONS, AND HARMS
PORNOGRAPHY: ITS EFFECTS AND ITS HARMS
ARTICLES
RECOMMENDED BOOKS
LINKS

Please visit https://www.againstpornography.org/

I created this website 'Against Pornography' all by myself.

1 comment:

simone said...

Hi Maggie,
I have been searching the net for some antiporn feminists in Australia and find mostly vilification.
Where does a fremantle antiporn feminist find others to talk with?
PLEASE help!!!
With much love,
Simone Watson