The #MeToo Movement is Undermined by Porn

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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.”

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(photo from The Houston Chronicle)

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  • Deni Sevenoaks says:

    The writer of the article states that it’s time for Feminism and the #metoo movement to make a critique of the porn industry and pornography as a part of the struggle to end violence against women. Feminism has been the primary source of research and criticism of pornography and the porn industry for nigh on 50yrs. No one has been listening. Interesting that those who don’t listen, more often than not, deflect the blame at Feminism when they touch their own outrage, finally.

    Google Feminism and pornography, you’ll be amazed.

  • patricia says:

    Excellent as always the courageous contribution of Gail. In my opinion, the age restriction will be easily circumvented. It seems to me better to show in awareness campaigns in important media, what is porn. For example, take a video of “gang bang” (several men abusing a woman) which is a case that is increasingly followed in reality, and wonder if it is something that most people consider acceptable or ,on the contrary, is considered a violent and humiliating fact for women, and almost delinquent.

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