It is very important if one is taking a stand against something to clearly define exactly what one is against. (So that one’s intentions are not misunderstood.) It seems that the word “pornography” means many different things to many different people. For some people it is interpreted as any depiction of nudity or sexuality. That is not what is meant by pornography on this blog. This blog is not anti-sex, anti-nudity or anti-erotica. It is pro-healthy, respectful, egalitarian sexuality. (Which is why it is anti-pornography, as pornography is the polar opposite of egalitarian or respectful. Additionally pornography is often not very healthy for the participants, either physically or emotionally. Just ask Dr. Sharon Mitchell of the Adult Industry Medical Foundation, AIM, who regularly has to treat all the injuries, diseases and traumas of pornography performers. See a list of what performers are subjected to and at risk of in this AIM publication “Types of Porn and Their Occupational Safety Risks”.)
In any case, for the time being and for the purpose of this blog, pornography and erotica are defined as follows:
PORNOGRAPHY: Material that combines sex and/or the exposure of genitals with abuse or degradation in a manner that appears to endorse, condone, or encourage such behavior.
EROTICA: Sexually suggestive or arousing material that is free of sexism, racism, and homophobia, and respectful of all human beings and animals portrayed.
The above definitions are from “Pornography As a Cause of Rape”, by Dr. Diana Russell, PhD, which is a book excerpt from “Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm”. Read excerpt here.
So because by definition pornography (as it is used here) has to include abuse or degradation, if you are against abuse and degradation in regards to sexuality, then you are against pornography. So assuming that you are… welcome to the team! :^)
Note: this blog is also pro-comprehensive sex education being freely available to everyone. (Age appropriate when it is for young children.)
P.S. If the above description of pornography isn’t clear enough, anyone who wants to could check out the Internet pornography website G a g f a c t o r (dot) c o m, which is a perfect example of pornography per the above definition. (The webmaster Jeff gleefully proclaims on the home page “NEW WHORES DEGRADED EVERY WEDNESDAY!”, and once on that site it was honestly admitted that: “Porn destroys women, that’s why we love it!”) But be forewarned if you do go to there. It is likely to be extremely triggering and disturbing for many people, especially women. However, if you are wondering why anybody would be against pornography, if you think that perhaps this blog may be an overreaction, and you want to know what all the fuss is about, it may prove to be a useful and informative visit for you.
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