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
# OBJECT activists protested with other feminists at the London premier of the film "Fifty Shades of Grey", highlighting its sexist and harmful messages.
# OBJECT protested at the 2017 Porn Awards.
# OBJECT attended the 2017 University College London debate on pornography and spoke up against it.
Recommended Books on Pornography
# Bray, Abigail. & Reist, Melinda Tankard. Eds. (2011) Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry.
# 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.]
Recommended Websites on Pornography
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