On porn

A lot of my friends think it is OK to like porn films, mainly because they like sex, and they think that porn films are about sex. They aren’t. I’ll make this really clear, and I’ll start a whole new paragraph to emphasize the point:

Porn films are not about sex.

So what are they about then? Heterosexual porn films are graphic depictions of sexual violence against women. They portray sex that is exclusively for the man’s pleasure, in which the woman is treated as an object with no agency of her own. As a woman watching porn films, what I see resembles rape a lot more than it resembles consensual sex. The porn industry has a long history of abuse of vulnerable women, so sometimes what you are watching really is rape caught on film. Other times the actress in the film was working voluntarily, but nevertheless what you are watching is a portrayal of misogynistic violence against women.

Because porn films celebrate violence against women, they are a form of hate speech.

I love sex by the way, and I would really love it if there were films that graphically depicted consensual sex from a woman’s point of view. I’ve looked around and I don’t believe that such film’s exist, but I wish they did.

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One Comment on “On porn”

  1. Joey says:

    Even if porn is ‘just about sex’ it shouldn’t be given any immunity from criticism. We don’t excuse sexism or racism because it was in just-an-action-movie or just-a-stupid-comedy-bout-nothing. Doesn’t Erika Lust shoot some good porn, BTW?


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