Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Virtual Conference — Pornography and Prostitution: Connecting the Dots
In the 1970s and 80s, feminists argued that prostitution could not be separated from pornography, or, as Andrea Dworkin so vividly put it, “porn is prostitution with the camera rolling.” With the migration of the sex industry to online platforms, Andrea Dworkin’s prophetic words are undeniable.
Over the ensuing decades, there has been a highly successful public relations campaign by the porn industry to distance itself from other aspects of the commercial sex industry as a way to legitimize pornography.
But this disguises what porn really is: filmed prostitution that is coercive and abusive for the female performers, and closely linked to other parts of the sex industry in both its practices and societal impact.
The goal of this conference is to explore how — from recruitment to consumption — pornography and prostitution are inseparable. While economists use the concept of value chains to describe the steps involved in creating and disseminating a “product,” the commercial sex industry would be more aptly referred to as a harm chain.
Speakers include actor and activist, Ashley Judd; anti-sex trafficking activist and author, Vednita Carter; Research Director at Talita Sweden, Meghan Donevan; Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Taina Bien-Aimé; and the Culture Reframed Team.