Feminist views on pornography range from condemnation of all of it as a form of violence against women , to an embracing of some forms as a medium of feminist expression. This debate reflects larger concerns surrounding feminist views on sexuality , and is closely related to those on prostitution , on BDSM , and other issues. Pornography has been one of the most divisive issues in feminism , particularly in anglophone English-speaking countries. This deep division was exemplified in the feminist sex wars of the s, which pitted anti-pornography activists against sex-positive ones.
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Andrea Dworkin, a radical feminist whose early activism including working against the Vietnam War , became a strong voice for the position that pornography is a tool by which men control, objectify, and subjugate women. With Catherine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin helped draft a Minnesota ordinance that did not outlaw pornography but allowed victims of rape and other sexual crimes to sue pornographers for damage, under the logic that the culture created by pornography supported sexual violence against women. Women do not believe that men believe that pornography says about women. But they do.
But what does that conversation look like? For starters, it probably best happens in the car, where nobody has to make eye contact. Your personal views and family values will dictate what you say next and how you say it, but here are a few points to consider. Pornography depicts one shadowy and loveless corner of the vast landscape of human sexuality.
I know many women who say they're not into porn, usually citing variations of: "Eh. It's always just some middle-aged dude slamming a professional porn actress with fake cans. And then there's what most of us consider the alternative: your stereotypical "porn for women," featuring cheesy Kenny G-style sax solos and cringe-worthy face-touching. But there's a middle ground!