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Monday, August 13, 2007

AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY: Anti-Pornography Website

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Anti-Pornography Website

Welcome to Against Pornography! (Launched 07/25/2007) Against Pornography is a feminist anti-pornography website which aims at raising the awareness about the harms of pornography (as well as of prostitution) to women and children -- both inside and outside of the industry -- and, also, the harms of pornography to its users, to relationships and to the society in general. The goals of this website are also to create a venue for people to speak of the harms of pornography, to encourage them to take action against pornography, to educate them on the dangers of it, and to urge men to reclaim their fantasies from corporate power and regain their humanity.

Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry. The annual revenue of that industry is $12 billion in the U.S. and $57 billion worldwide. What was once called "softcore" pornography is now part of the mainstream media. The sexual objectification of women can be easily noticed on cable TV shows, MTV, reality TV shows, in fashion, advertising, men and women's magazines, music videos, Hollywood films, video games, etc... At the same time, hardcore pornography has become increasingly more violent, aggressive and misogynistic.

The pornographers have also taken advantages of the latest technological inventions ( DVD's, the Internet, cell-phones, etc...) to make more profit and increase the sales of their misogynistic material.

Pornography is usually defended in many countries as "freedom of speech" or "freedom of expression".

Pornography is everywhere! Its sexist, racist, classist -- and sometimes homophobic - messages and images have infiltrated the mainstream media and spread throughout the society and culture in America as well as in Britain. While the culture is glorifying pornography, a painful truth remains: Women and children are being sexually abused, sexually exploited and sexually victimized at rates that are epidemic! Many people in this society are becoming increasingly desensitized to violence.

Within such an overwhelming cultural, societal, technological and environmental "terrorism", a feminist critique of pornography is needed more than ever. Nevertheless, such a critique is largely censored from the mainstream media. When intelligent, educated, kind, considerate and potentially powerful feminist authors -- having with them piles of evidence of the harms of pornography -- want to get their articles published in the mainstream press, they are turned down, in order to protect the pornography business from criticism.

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