TRIGGER WARNING: pornography, rape, abuse, violence
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Violent pornography DOES hurt people. The “actors” are often coerced, raped, beaten and unable to leave. It normalises violent “sex” and shapes the sexual templates of children as young as 12 who access this pornography. This is not about a “kink” - this is about violent, misogynistic pornography that hurts the ‘actors’ and hurts the consumers. This is also not about what some women like in bed - this is about an industry built off of abuse and slavery. There is a direct correlation between pornography and human / child trafficking [ x ]
Pornography is not ‘fun.’ Women being abused on a daily basis is not ‘fun.’
An average life expectancy of 35 is not ‘fun.’ Human trafficking is not ‘fun.’ The mental impact porn has on young people is not ‘fun.’ There is nothing fun about violently brutalising women for the entertainment of mostly men.
There is nothing fun about an industry that profits off the abuse of women, the addiction of men, and which is built upon the hatred of women.
If you think prostitution shrinks the % of people raped, then you must not count prostitutes as people. Because all of that violence, hatred and intent to rape is directed onto them, by your logic. You are subtracting coercion from the definition of rape and invalidating a multitude of womens’ experiences, just as society has told them they weren’t really raped because they were sex workers. Rape is rape. If someone is in a desperate situation, if they are coerced, if they are not 100% consenting and enthusiastic about the sexual encounter - that is rape.
Your feminism protects rape culture, it shields misogynistic pornography directors who admit they HATE women. Your feminism seems to only care about people’s ‘right’ to view and consume violent sex, and not about the safety and protection of sex workers everywhere. They are women too, and inter-sectional feminism in it’s most basic sense is about protecting women. Furthermore, porn does not curb the desire of men to rape and abuse women, it fuels it.
Please read some of the information below, and reconsider your opinion because yours is a belief that is highly ill-informed and unfortunately is the most common.
Ex-porn star testimonies [ x ]:
- Corina Taylor: ”When I arrived to the set I expected to do a vaginal girl boy scene. But during the scene with a male porn star, he forced himself anally into me and would not stop. I yelled at him to stop and screamed ‘No’ over and over but he would not stop. The pain became too much and I was in shock and my body went limp.”
- Jenna Jameson: ”Most girls get their first experience in gonzo films – in which they’re taken to a crappy studio apartment in Mission Hills and penetrated in every hole possible by some abusive asshole who thinks her name is Bitch.”
- Alexa James: ”The first shoot I did was with a man who was probably 40 and he was as thick as a soda can. He held me down and shoved it in me with no lube tearing my vagina. When I started to tear up and cry he flipped me over and continued from behind be so they wouldn’t get me crying on film. He pulled my hair and choked me over and over again even when I told him it hurt and I could barely breathe.”
- Linda Lovelace: ”My initiation into prostitution was a gang rape by five men, arranged by Mr. Traynor. It was the turning point in my life. He threatened to shoot me with the pistol if I didn’t go through with it. I had never experienced anal sex before and it ripped me apart. They treated me like an inflatable plastic doll, picking me up and moving me here and there. They spread my legs this way and that, shoving their things at me and into me, they were playing musical chairs with parts of my body. I have never been so frightened and disgraced and humiliated in my life. I felt like garbage. I engaged in sex acts for pornography against my will to avoid being killed.The lives of my family were threatened.”
- Andi Anderson: ”After a year or so of that so-called “glamorous” life, I sadly discovered that drugs and drinking were a part of the lifestyle. I began to drink and party out of control! Cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy were my favorites. Before long, I turned into a person I did not want to be. After doing so many hardcore scenes I couldn’t do it anymore. I just remember being in horrible situations and experiencing extreme depression and being alone and sad.”
- Alexa Milano: ”My first movie I was treated very rough by 3 guys. They pounded on me, gagged me with their penises, and tossed me around like I was a ball! I was sore, hurting and could barely walk. My insides burned and hurt so badly. I could barely pee and to try to have a bowel movement was out of the question. I was hurting so bad from the physical abuse from these 3 male porn stars.”
- Jessie Jewels: ”People in the porn industry are numb to real life and are like zombies walking around. The abuse that goes on in this industry is completely ridiculous. The way these young ladies are treated is totally sick and brainwashing. I left due to the trauma I experienced even though I was there only a short time.”
- Genevieve: ”I had bodily fluids all over my face that had to stay on my face for ten minutes. The abuse and degradation was rough. I sweated and was in deep pain. On top of the horrifying experience, my whole body ached, and I was irritable the whole day. The director didn’t really care how I felt; he only wanted to finish the video.”
- Jersey Jaxin: ”Guys punching you in the face. You have semen from many guys all over your face, in your eyes. You get ripped. Your insides can come out of you. It’s never ending.”
- Elizabeth Rollings: ”I didn’t want to feel the pain of penetration from an over average sized man, being told to freeze in a position until the camera man was happy with his shots was very painful. I had peoples body fluids forced on my face or anywhere else the producer pleased and I had to accept it or else no pay. Sometimes you would get to a gig and the producer would change what the scene was supposed to be to something more intense and again if you didn’t like it, too bad, you did it or no pay.”
- Lucky Starr: ”I was worried about my first anal scene for quite a few days … then the big moment arrived. It REALLY hurt! I almost quit and said, “I can’t do this”. When it was all over, I was so happy and relieved I was able to do it…”
- Ashlyn Brooke: ”I honestly felt that if I had to have another strange man in my face, his hands (God knows where they’ve been all over me) him calling me his baby and having to exude some sort of forged passion for the world to see, I probably would have exploded. And what would have been stuck to the walls would have probably been nothing, just pieces of skin, bone, the brain of a robot, and what would have been left of what would have existed once as a huge and warm heart.”
- Roxy: ”After only 30 movies I caught two sexually transmitted diseases. Herpes, a non-curable disease and HPV, which led to cervical cancer where I had to have half of my cervix removed. Porn destroyed my life.”
- Anita Cannibal: ”Yeah, there are a lot of cover-ups going on. There is a lot of tragedy. There are a lot of horrible things.”
- Tamra Toryn: ”As for myself, I ended up paying the price from working in the porn industry. In 2006, not even 9 months in, I caught a moderate form of dysplasia of the cervix (which is a form of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease) and later that day, I also found out I was pregnant. I had only 1 choice which was to abort the baby during my first month. It was extremely painful emotionally and physically. When it was all over, I cried my eyes out.”
Things real pornographers have said about women [ x ]
- I can like a rape scene if I really like the girl and it’s done well…I’m all about the sex and pretty girls and appreciating them.
—Pornographer John Stagliano, quoted in Robert Jensen’s Getting Off
- It’s like a dog marking its territory. You know, why do dogs pee on fire hydrants and trees? I don’t know. It’s just like a man will leave his mark on a woman. You see something beautiful, you’ve got to let them know you were there.
—Pornographer Brandon Iron, explaining why men like to ejaculate onto women’s faces
- Essentially, it comes from every man who’s unhappily married, and he looks at his wife who just nagged at him about this or that or whatnot, and he says, “I’d like to fuck you in the ass.” He’s angry at her, right? And he can’t, so he would rather watch some girl taking it up the ass and fantasize at that point he’s doing whatever girl happened to be mean to him that particular day, and that is the attraction, because when people watch anal, nobody wants to watch a girl enjoying anal.
—Paul Hesky of Multimedia Pictures, as quoted by Robert Jensen in Getting Off.
- "I’d like to really show what I believe the men want to see: violence against women. I firmly believe that we serve a purpose by showing that. The most violent we can get is the cum shot in the face. Men get off behind that, because they get even with the women they can’t have. We try to inundate the world with orgasms in the face.”
— Ex-porn actor and Free Speech Coalition board member Bill Margold, quoted by Stoller and Levine.
- “When I shot that trailer for Thanksgiving, I really thought there was no problem with anything - it just shows you how genuinely out of touch I am! I was like…a full frontal labial shot, to camera, of a girl landing on a knife seemed like no problem to me. It’s an exploitation movie. It’s my job to exploit. If I don’t exploit this girl, I have failed as a director.”
-From an interview with Eli Roth found on filmjerk.com
- "Every whore gets the swirlies treatment. Fuck her, then flush her.”
—Promotional copy for Swirlies, a series where women’s heads are put into toilets and flushed, by JM Productions
- "I got the shit kicked out of me. I was told before the video - and they said this very proudly, mind you - that in this line most of the girls start crying because they’re hurting so bad … I couldn’t breathe. I was being hit and choked. I was really upset, and they didn’t stop. They kept filming. You can hear me say, ‘Turn the fucking camera off,’ and they kept going.”
—Regan Starr, on the filming of “Rough Sex 2.” Quoted in Martin Amis’ “A Rough Trade”
Facts, figures and writings:
- "2014 is not a good year to be a teenage girl. The last of the 90’s kids are growing up and we are starting to see the effects of being raised with the Internet. For generations before us, hormonal teenage boys looking for sexy images of women had limited options; they could brave the embarrassment of going to the counter and buying Playboy, they could look through their sister’s Cosmo or they could use their imagination. Porn today has rid itself of the embarrassment-factor by embracing the anonymity of the World Wide Web; Playboy isn’t really considered to be porn anymore, the real stuff lives in your phone, on your laptop, your tablet; it is available anywhere, anytime at the touch of a button. In fact this very website receives a steady stream of hits that result from someone googling some combination of ‘housekeeping porn’ + ‘sex’, ‘lesbian’ and/or ‘rape’. As you read this, somewhere there is an eleven-year-old boy curiously typing ‘porn’ into Google, probably hoping to see some big boobies. Fast forward a couple of years and he is masturbating to a video of a crying woman who is being tied down, simultaneously penetrated by three men, spanked, and being called a whore. Young boys are being de-sensitized to violence and the more they consume, the more abusive, the more graphic the porn has to be to excite them."
— Clara Bennathan, Violence, Teenagers, and Gonzo Porn
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Since porn portrays women as nothing more than sex objects that need to be dominated, it’s not surprising that porn users often start seeing real women that way as well.
We will never dismantle misogyny as long as objectification and domination is eroticized. We will also never stop racism. Nor will we mount an effective resistance to fascism, since fascism’s root is ultimately the eroticization of domination and subordination.
Deep Green Resistance is fighting to protect what’s left of a living earth and healthy human communities. We are a radical feminist organization and we stand in solidarity with those working to stop the sex exploitation industry (pornography, adult entertainment, pornstitution, etc) that trafficks and abuses women and others for the benefit of men. We support the criminalization of those who trade in and profit from the degradation of human beings - and we support full-range social services for those wishing to leave the sex exploitation industry.
SOME OTHER RESOURCES:
[ link ] HUGE masterpost on anti-porn resources, facts, and statistics
[ link ] Porn harms gay men
[ link ] Porn harms gay women
[ link ] Porn harms relationships
[ link ] Porn harms POC
[ link ] An insight into the violent and misogynistic nature of gonzo pornography. An introduction for those who don’t understand why pornography is so harmful (video)
[ link ] Pornography Statistics: 250+ facts, quotes and statistics about pornography use (2013 Edition)
PLEASE click here for an index menu of anti-porn resources and click here for a multitude of posts and long pieces of writing by myself about porn including previously answered questions, more statistics and testimonials from real people who have been brave enough to share their stories.
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