The Shouty Woman

March 15, 2006

Love sex? Hate porn

Filed under: Feminism — by Lucy @ 1:49 pm

In my daily trawl through the feminist blogosphere, I came across this insanely long thread at Feministe. It started off as a commentary on ‘infighting’ among feminists, but has now been hijacked by trolls and descended into total confusion and anarchy, so I’m not getting involved.

Anyway, it got me thinking about the supposed war between ‘sex-positive’ feminists and whatever the other kind is supposed to be called now. To be honest I’m not entirely sure where I stand on this one, although I’m finding myself coming down increasingly on the side of the ‘radfems’, as like them I can’t even attempt to justify the production or use of pornography from a feminist perspective.

I love sex (and who doesn’t?) but porn isn’t about sex, it’s about pain, exploitation and hatred. Don’t believe me? Go to this site and check out some of the quotations. The women who participate in this shit aren’t ‘liberated’ or ’empowered’; for the most part they’re scarred and miserable. Sex can be about love, it can be about pleasure, it can be about fun, but it should never, ever be about the exploitation of other people’s pain.

I could go on for pages about this as there’s so much more I want to say, but I’ll save it for another post. Just one thing: before anyone asks, I don’t think the solution is to ‘ban’ porn. I’m not stupid – even I can see that it would be totally unworkable. To be honest I don’t know what the solution is, or even if there is one.

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