Without Porn, the World Would Be a Better Place

This is an exerpt from an article written by Julie Bindel for The Guardian

October 24, 2014

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Pornland, a film by leading anti-porn academic Gail Dines, will debut at a feminist conference in London on Saturday, and has already caused controversy before its screening, with some speakers and participants expressing anger at its clear anti-porn position.

“There has always been pornography,” says Dines in the film, “but there has not always been a porn industry.”

Porn, argues Dines, is a multibillion-dollar industry that has men in the crossfire. The film is educational and consciousness-raising, and shows how commercial porn operates as an industry, how the images impact on us and help shape our gender and sexual identity, and the extent of violence and cruelty in mainstream porn.

Pornography on laptop computer.

Learn about the harms of pornography at the London premiere of the Pornland documentary on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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The accusation levied towards anti-porn feminists is that while we are wasting time focusing on images of people having consensual sex, the battle for equality is hindered. But there are real women in pornography and, whether the violence is acted out or real, the message is that brutality equals sexual pleasure, and in a world in which rape is commonplace, this is a harmful message.

Rather than look for a direct causal link between viewing porn and sexual violence, we should be looking at the culture of misogyny that porn arises from and contributes to. Ending misogyny will end violence against women. It is Dines’ view that the world would be a better place without porn. I agree.”

 

This is an exerpt from the original article. If you would like to read the entire article and find out more about the issue as well as the London premiere of the Pornland documentary, please click here to go to the full article in The Guardian.

If you would like to join the film premiere tomorrow at 1pm, please register for Feminism in London by clicking HERE.