I am a titan. A monolith. Nothing Can Stop Me. - Ultraviolet
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."