shannon, 22, newcastle. social science student/gender studies major graduating mid 2014. this blog is mostly feminist politics and art now but dw sometimes I publish very ordinary text posts as well >:)
"The refusal, especially among liberals, to believe that pornography has any real relationship to sexual violence is astonishing. Liberals have always believed in the value and importance of education. But when it comes to pornography, we are asked to believe that nothing pornographic, whether written or visual, has an educative effect on anyone. A recognition that pornography must teach something does not imply any inevitable conclusion: it does not per se countenance censorship. It does, however, demand that we pay some attention to the quality of life, to the content of pornography. And it especially demands that when sexual violence against women is epidemic, serious questions be asked about the function and value of material that advocates such violence and makes it synonymous with pleasure."
"Pornography’s Part in Sexual Violence" in The New Terrorism - Andrea Dworkin, 1981