The #MeToo Movement is Undermined by Porn

By February 18, 2020 February 27th, 2020 News
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Can a powerful #MeToo movement co-exist with the porn industry

The answer is no, according to Dr. Gail Dines, president and CEO of Culture Reframed, and Robert Jensen, professor emeritus at the University of Texas/Austin.

In an opinion piece published in The Houston Chronicle, Dines and Jensen argue that the #MeToo movement is undermined by a porn industry that promotes sexually violent and degrading behavior by men toward women. “The contradiction is obvious: As men are being held accountable for using their power to manipulate and abuse women sexually, the pornography industry continues to socialize men into that very behavior. It’s time for the #MeToo movement—and feminism more generally—to make a critique of pornography part of the project of ending violence against women.”

The article continues, “Thanks in large part to the #MeToo movement, more men are examining their lives and modifying their behavior when challenged by women. Fewer men are willing to explore how pornography goes to the heart of the way they experience sexual pleasure, through a sense of power and control. It is harder to convince men to let go of the quick and seemingly easy orgasms pornography provides.”

Read the full story on #MeToo and porn.

(photo from The Houston Chronicle)

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