1. - Kimberly Peirce, the director of Boys Don’t Cry (1999) in the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

    Directed by Kirby Dick. With Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky, Atom Egoyan.

    Kirby Dick’s exposé about the American movie ratings board.


  2. "

    I think for a lot of women, whether they consciously call themselves feminists or not, we haven’t had a lot of opportunities throughout history to genuinely own our sexuality. There’s been a lot of repression, there’s been a lot of censorship, and I think a lot of women are very, understandably, tired of that. And unfortunately, people have this slightly simplistic understanding where they think porn equals sex and that’s the end of the story. And so, if you say, ‘I’m against porn’ that’s sometimes perceived as you have a problem with sex or you’re not comfortable with it or you’re in favor of repression or censorship. And so there’s some women and feminists who, in their overly simplified understanding jump on the pro-porn bandwagon in this attempt to reclaim our sexuality. And with anti-porn feminism it’s not that we think sex is bad, we’re anti-sex or we’re against women exploring our sexuality, it’s just that we don’t think pornography is a healthy model of sexuality.

    We think that porn is exploitative, that it’s abusive, and there’s a lot of evidence for that if you look at some of the stories of women who have been in porn…Pornography portrays a very twisted, unhealthy kind of sexuality and it’s not all that sex could be. There’s other ways that sex can be expressed in our culture and I think anti-porn feminists are in favor of finding ways to express it in a healthier way instead of the pornographic way.

    …[And] even if you had the absolute healthiest portrayal of sexuality in videos and sexually explicit material,…we need to ask ourselves the question of: Who is in porn and why are they there? Is it really because they just want to experiment with their sexuality or is it because of a lack of options?

    And I’ve talked to and read many things from women who have been in porn and also gay men [and] transgender people, and it is usually people who don’t have a lot of options and who basically, don’t have alternatives. And this is something that even ‘feminist’ pornographers admit.

    There was a segment called, ‘After Porn Ends’ in which Nina Hartley admitted that many of the people who end up in the porn industry are people who aren’t suited for 9-to-5 work. They don’t have other skills, other qualifications, they often don’t come from the best background and given that most of those people are female I think we need to be asking much more serious questions about why so many women are in that position to begin with, irrespective of how they’re portrayed in these supposedly ‘feminist’ [porn] films.

    …I think we also need to ask ourselves whether sex really needs to be a commodity, do we really need to buy sex from other people? Is that something that we’re entitled to? Is that something that HAS to be a part of our sexual culture? And I don’t see a lot of people in the ‘feminist porn’ camp even considering those questions, let alone answering them.

  4. "I am Jewish. I am not going on any KikeWalks soon. That word [kike, slut] is beyond redemption. Now, some words can be redeemed, as the ‘queer’ community has tried to redeem ‘that’ term. There are some words that within a different context can be. And that doesn’t mean all words can be redeemed.”

    - Gail Dines: Pornland Conference [Part 1]

  5. [Context: Gail Dines addressing the typical media representation of women which conveys and reinforces the concept of female sexuality being one of vulnerability that, underneath the scrutiny of the straight male gaze, is intrinsic to maintaining male power/dominance].

    - Gail Dines: Pornland Conference [Part 1]

  6. "So, here we have encoded into masculinity and femininity power-inequality."

    [Context: Sociology and Women’s Studies professor Gail Dines discussing the hierarchical and dichotomous power-dynamic embedded in the construction of masculine versus feminine sexuality and perceptions of men versus women when both internalize and perform for the straight male gaze].

    - Gail Dines: Pornland Conference [Part 1]


  7. "I’m not a “sex-positive” feminist, inasmuch as that term is used to refer to the kinds of people who believe that women, by adapting themselves the piggish sexual attitudes of men and becoming complicit in their own objectification, can fuck their way to being treated like human beings. In fact, I say piss on that misleading term altogether. It’s just another guise by which women are tricked into believing that the road to equality is paved with thongs and used jimmy hats. Using your sexuality to manipulate men does not equality make, nor does it even amount to controlling your own sexual destiny, because in order to manipulate men through sex you have to fulfill their pornographic fantasies, very few of which revolve around anything but a one-dimensional and completely fictional conception of female sexuality and nearly all of which completely ignore actual female pleasure. Fulfilling male fantasies is not feminism; no matter how many times you show them your tits, they’ll still run the government and all the corporations and institutions that make sure your life revolves around obsessing over your appearance and making 75 cents on the dollar for what they make."

    Nine Deuce (commentator) at Guide to Sexy Feminism (via clitulufhtagn)

    (Source: intoxicating-luhan, via theonethatneversmiles)

  8. [Context: Gail Dines arguing that the patriarchal construction of femininity and by extension, its construction of female sexuality has been embraced by the recent third wave of feminism as a means in which the goal of feminist activism - dismantling patriarchy/systematic male dominance - can be accomplished and that this method is counter-intuitive to what feminism’s initial ideals were and counter-productive in the process of eventually eradicating patriarchy].

    - Dr. Gail Dines

  9. [Context: Gail Dines addressing the media’s cultural construction of female sexuality in a patriarchal society and it’s impact on men’s socialized perception of women’s accessibility i.e the ‘male gaze’].

    Dr. Gail Dines addressing porn culture and rape culture’s intersecting roles in patriarchy

  10. "I was at an East Coast Ivy League school, where some female students became increasingly angry during my presentation. They accused me of denying them free choice to embrace our hyper-sexualized porn culture, an idea that was especially repugnant because, as rising members of the next generation’s elite, they saw no limits or constraints on them as women.

    Then one student made a joke about the “trick” that many of them employ as a way to avoid hook-up sex. What is this trick? These women purposely don’t shave or wax as they are getting ready to go out that night so they will feel too embarrassed to participate in hook-up sex.

    As she spoke, I watched as others nodded their heads in agreement. When I asked why they couldn’t just say no to sex, they informed me that once you have a few drinks in you and are at a party or a bar, it is too hard to say no.

    I was speechless - these women, who had just been arguing that I had denied them agency in my discussion of porn culture, saw no contradiction in telling me that they couldn’t say no to sex.”

    - Dines, Gail. “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.” (p. 100) (excerpt)