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Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography

Nona Willis Aronowitz
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.003.0014

This chapter examines the feminist debate over pornography, with particular emphasis on how antiporn activists are rationalizing their campaign as feminism. Feminist criticism of sexist and misogynist pornography is nothing new; porn is an obvious target insofar as it contributes to larger patterns of oppression—the reduction of the female body to a commodity (the paradigm being prostitution), the sexual intimidation that makes women regard the public streets as enemy territory (the paradigm being rape), sexist images and propaganda in general. But what is happening now is different. The antiporn movement, including Women Against Pornography (WAP), essentially condemns all pornography as equally bad, claiming that pornography is not really about sex but about violence against women, that it is a reflection of vicious male lust and patriarchal sexual relations. Despite the insistence of WAP organizers that they support sexual freedom, their argument appeals to the antisexual emotions that feed the backlash.

Keywords: pornography, antiporn movement, feminism, women, Women Against Pornography, sex, violence against women, sexual freedom

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95 percent of the victims of work accidents are men. Because women are cowards, and just want to rule from behind.

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Man Spends $50,000 To Transform Himself Into A Genderless Alien; Plans To Get His Penis, Bellybutton & Nipples Removed Next

Vinny Ohh, 22, from Los Angeles in California has already undergone over 110 procedures and had spent for over $50,000 to become an alien. He started with lip fillers at the age of 17, before having two rhinoplasties, multiple cheeks and brow bone fillers and more. The part-time model also wears large blackened contact lenses, alien-like talons, and unusual hair dye colors. Now he plans to fork out another $160,000 (£130,000) on surgery to have his genitalia, nipples and bellybutton removed.

This is what Vinny has to say “The overall image I want to do is an alien. I want to be a hybrid, not male or female. I’ve wanted to be sexless and genderless since I was 17. I’ve been going to doctors to see if it’s possible but had no luck. I don’t want people to think I’m trying to change into a woman. I could live without sexual organs so why should I have a penis or a vagina?”

He is a part time model and started getting his surgeries when he was 17.

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Notorious paedophile killed himself after inmates took out 'contracts' on him, inquest hears

One of the UK’s most notorious paedophiles killed himself in his prison cell after fellow inmates took out “contracts” to attack him, an inquest has heard.

James King, who was also known as Robin Hollyson, was just four months into a 24-year sentence for filming himself raping a three-month old baby when he was found unconscious in his cell at HMP Bristol in January.

He was rushed to Southmead Hospital in the city where he died two days later.

Two suicide notes were found at the scene but suspicions were raised when his cellmate, Cona Ellis, was found “covered in blood” and wearing King’s watch.

Ellis, who raised the alarm, told police that he was asleep and had been woken by “gargling noises” but it was later alleged that he had told prison officer Mike Simmonds he had watched King hang himself but had no involvement.

No charges have been filed and Avon and Somerset Police have deemed the death non-suspicious.

Fellow prisoner John Denham told the jury inquest at Avon Coroners Court that inmates had been taking out “contracts” to hurt King and had threatened to pour hot water on him or give him a “black eye or two”.

His mother, Deborah Wyatt, also gave a statement saying the former IT worker was subject to verbal bullying by the other prisoners and said he feared he may be attacked with a sugar and hot water solution – known as sugaring – which can cause painful burns, the Bristol Post reported.

During one visit, she said he had told her one of his co-defendants had been sugared and he “suggested to us that the attack on Matthew was intended for him”.

King was one of a group of men who were convicted for abusing babies and very young children and distributing the pictures online in October 2015.

The court heard that King had suffered from anxiety and depression which got worse due to the press coverage of his conviction and he had previously attempted suicide.

But the prison chaplain said the 31-year-old had been more positive up until his death after he began bible classes and got a prison job.

After four hours of deliberation the jury recorded a verdict of suicide.

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