Pornography consists of videos or images of prostitution. It is not a mere fantasy – real women are abused and used as sex objects. We OBJECT.
Porn trains viewers (often children) to develop a sexuality which erotices the domination of men and the subordination of women – the pain, abuse and degradation of women is portrayed as 'sexy'. Porn consumers learn to become sexually aroused by the oppression of women in our society. They are taught that this is the natural order – that women are innately aroused by receiving abuse and violence, and that men are biologically inclined to be sexually turned on by asserting their dominance and inflicting this abuse. It is taught that men and women are simply 'born that way' and that sexuality cannot change and is not affected by socialisation.
OBJECT's recent work on Pornography
Porn Is Not Liberating. In October 2018, OBJECT board member Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans was interviewed on The Wright Show on talkRadio. She explains how pornography is not ‘empowering’ for women, debunking the common pro-porn arguments. Listen to the full interview or read the transcript on our blog.
“What [pornography] says, to young girls – and to young boys, who are also affected by it - is that it's really cool, for a boy or for a man, to be dominant; to pull a woman's hair; to ejaculate all over her face; to call her terrible names; and the woman will really enjoy it. That's the message that boys and girls are getting. That is not about sexual liberation – for boys or for girls.”
- Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, talkRadio (2018)
OBJECTing to The London Porn Film Festival. In April 2019, OBJECT campaigned against a ‘Porn Film Festival’ that was due to take place in London in a public venue. The festival was advertised using hashtags including ‘blood’, ‘violence’ and ‘necrophilia’. We wrote to Camden Council, raising concerns about children being able to enter the event and pointing out that some of the films may be unlawful under The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (this bans the possession of extremely violent pornographic images e.g. those that depict life-threatening injury or necrophilia). Our whistle-blowing prompted an investigation by Camden Council. The pornographers, “faced with the prospect of a picket,” were forced to change venue. However, OBJECT and other feminists publicised the new location of the event (The Flying Dutchman) and the protest went ahead on Saturday 27th April. The pornographers generously informed us (via an ‘invoice’!) that our efforts resulted in the ‘Porn Festival’ making a loss of £2000. Great work, OBJECTors!
Recommended Books on Pornography
Bray, Abigail. & Reist, Melinda Tankard. Eds. (2011) Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry.
Brunskell-Evans, Heather (Ed.) (2016) The Sexualized Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography: Performing Sexual Liberation.
Dines, Gail. (2010) Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.
Jenson, Robert. (2007) Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity.
Saini, Angela. (2017) Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. [NOTE: This book usefully explains how sexual behaviour is learnt/cultural and not innate.]
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