Extreme Porn Law Must Be Put Back On Agenda, ‘Stop Porn Culture’ Conference Hears by Jessica Elgot

This is an excerpt from The Huffington Post. The source of this excerpt is http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/15/stop-porn-culture_n_4970455.html?utm_hp_ref=uk Stop Porn Culture recently launched our UK initiative. To read more about our work, take a look at this article authored by Jessica Elgot.

No More Page 3, UK Feminista and Lose the Lads Mags, as well as anti-sexualisation campaign Object were all represented at the ‘Stop Porn Culture’ conference, as well as a number of former sex workers and porn performers.

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“If you had told me 30 years ago what is available now, I wouldn’t have believed you, and neither would the porn industry, they’d never have thought they’d be able to get away with this,” Dines said.

“Now we are at the stage where the demand for even more extreme porn is so strong, that pornographers don’t actually know how they can go any further. They can’t do anything that’s any more violent that what is available already, short of killing the woman.”

“We are a public health campaign raising awareness that all pornography is violence against women,” she continued.

“There is no other industry where women are routinely permanently injured or covered in their own faeces, blood and vomit.”

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“The protesters, the Sexual Freedom Coalition, the International Union of Sex Workers, all of these organisations are dominated by pimps and pornographers,” Bindel said. “They call themselves ‘managers’. What union do you know where managers come in and talk about the rights of their workers?’

Already an active movement in the US, where Dines is based, the sociologist told the audience at a Q&A session that different approaches were needed for Britain, but admitting she did not know how a blanket ban could possibly work.

“What is getting traction in the United States is a public health campaign, we are making links with child protection groups and disease control. We are working to expand that with educators,” she said.

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. The source of this excerpt is http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/15/stop-porn-culture_n_4970455.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

Jessica Elgot is a News Reporter for The Huffington Post UK. She was
previously a reporter at the Jewish Chronicle and the Independent.