At the start of the month, London Rape Crisis sent a letter, signed by a number of prominent campaigners around violence against women, to the Prime Minister requesting that he banned “rape porn”, noting a loophole in the Extreme Pornography legislation which allows the lawful possession of pornographic images depicting rape which promote sexual abuse of women and girls.
A really interesting twitterspat broke out yesterday over this article on the anti-porn men blog, with several feminists becoming rather enraged at the perceived denial of agency and objectification of women in the sex industry as base materials for the extraction of a commodity as well as the concept of “implicit rape”.
As described in Part 1, up until this summer, I had always been critical of porn without ever viewing its contents, watching the “Price of Pleasure” which included scenes from porn films as well as outtakes showing the aftermath of filming.
The Free Hetherington was a wonderful place. Over the seven month occupation as it emerged as a hub for activists of all stripes to congregate and share ideas. In amongst the activism, probably due to the student influence, there was a very good if a little impromptu programme of political education. Nothing formal, although there …
The conversation in the pub the other night, after admittedly a quantity of alcoholic beverages had been consumed, turned to the attractiveness, or otherwise, of genitalia. The general consensus of the assembled company was that male genitalia was, by and large, rather ugly, dangly and ridiculous, in comparison to the far neater female equivalent.
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