Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I HAVE NEVER BEEN FREE OF THE FEAR OF RAPE. From a very early age I, like most women, have thought of rape as a part of my natural environment - something to be fearedand prayed against like fire or lightening...

RAPE IS AN ACT OF AGGRESSION in which the victim is denied her self-determination. It is an act of violence, which, if not actually followed by beatings or murder, nevertheless always carries with it the threat of death. And finally, rape is a form of mass terrorism, for the victims of rape are chosen indiscriminately, but the propagandists for male supremacy broadcast that it is women who cause rape by being unchaste or in the wrong place at the wrong time - in essence, by behaving as though they were free.

Susan Griffin, 1971

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Anti-porn Web Resources

Stop Porn Culture

Against Pornography

One Angry Girl


Andrea Dworkin website


Off Our Backs

Rain and Thunder

Teen Voices

Byron Hurt

Hustling the Left

Robert Jensen

Stan Goff

Jackson Katz

Gail Dines

Biting Beaver

Prostitution Research and Education

Media Education Foundation

Also find Byron Hurt, Robert Jensen, Katha Pollit and Rebecca Whisnant on Facebook and friend them! (I just did!)

Summer Reading List!

E. Buchwald, P. Fletcher, and M. Roth. Transforming a Rape Culture. (1993, Milkweed Editions). An anthology of ideas from feminist and anti-violence activists.

Jane Caputi, Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture, (2004, Popular Press). Essays take on the patriarchal myth, where serial killers are heroes, where goddesses are ritually slaughtered, and where pornography is the core story underlying militarism, environmental devastation, and racism.

Gail Dines, Robert Jensen, and Ann Russo. Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality (1997, Routledge). Essential reading for everyone interested in how our society commodifies sex.

Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1979, Putnam), Letters From a War Zone (1993, Lawrence Hill Books) and Life and Death (1997, Little Brown). Works from the foremost feminist theorist of our time.

Christine Stark and Rebecca Whisnant, Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography. (2004, Spinifex Press). An anthology of activists and survivors.

Melissa Farley, Ph.D., Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections (2007).
“No one really enjoys getting sold,” a woman in a legal Nevada brothel told Melissa Farley during the course of this research. “It's like you sign a contract to be raped.” In a 2-year research study of Nevada legal and illegal prostitution and sex trafficking, Farley reveals new information about the scope of the sex industry. She describes human rights violations against women in the Nevada legal brothels and how the multibillion-dollar illegal sex industry in Las Vegas works. She makes connections between legal and illegal prostitution, prostitution and sex trafficking, advertising for prostitution, political corruption, pornography, and organized crime. Farley explains how, although they are out of sight, the johns are ultimately the origin of the problem of sex trafficking – the men who demand the right to rent human beings in prostitution.

P. Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (2005, Routledge). Explores the social and personal implications of historical images (black men as rapists deserving of lynching and black women so immoral it was impossible to rape them) and more current concerns about the influence of prison culture on urban youth culture that glorifies connections between sex and violence.

Sheila Jeffreys, Beauty and Misogyny (2005, Psychology Press), Unpacking Queer Politics (2003, Polity Press), The Lesbian Heresy (1993, Spinifex Press). A lesbian-feminist analysis of pornography, “queer” culture, and misogyny.

*Robert Jensen, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (2007, South End Press). A powerful critique of pornography and masculinity sparked by a vision of genuine social justice.

*Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help (2006, Source Books).
Arguing for a "far-reaching cultural revolution," Katz explores those aspects of American culture that promote violence against women. Offers ideas on how men can ally with women to change male aggressiveness and masculinity that lead to violence and abuse.

*Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (2005, Free Press). Describes the pervasive raunch culture where and our icons are porn stars, strippers and prostitutes, and women make sex objects of other women and ourselves,. The keywords of the women's movement (liberation, empowerment) have been converted into buzzwords for a female sexuality built on consumerism and objectification.

Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin, In Harm’s Way: The Pornography Civil Rights Hearings (1998, Harvard University Press) Public testimony from survivors of pornography.

Pornography and Civil Rights: A New Day for Women’s Equality (1988, Organizing Against Pornography). Out of print, but describes an important legal strategy that could empower victims through civil (not criminal) law.

Catharine MacKinnon, Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws (2007, Belknap Press), Are Women Human? (2006, Belknap Press). MacKinnon is an eloquent feminist lawyer and legal theorist.

M. A. Neal, New Black Man (2005, Routledge). Puts forth a revolutionary model of black masculinity for the twenty-first century, one that moves beyond patriarchy to embrace feminism and combat homophobia.

Neil Malamuth, Pornography and Sexual Aggression. (1984, Academic Press). One of the foremost researchers on the effects of pornography.

Pamela Paul, Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families. (2005, Times Books). Details how the ubiquity of pornography impacts our personal lives.

Dr. Diana Russell, Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm (1993, Russell Publications). A feminist sociologist lays out the research on pornography.

Linda Lovelace, Ordeal. (1981, Berkeley Books). The survivor of the film Deep Throat tells her harrowing story.

Captive Daughters Media , Pornography: Driving the Demand in International Sex Trafficking available at

Who says beach reading has to be frivolous?

*indicates one's I've read.

RealityTV: Child Sexual Abuse

I don't get cable so I haven't watched Charm School, but Jezebel reports that on an episode of some reality TV show based on making fun of women for their crazy antics, one woman discloses Child Sexual Assault. Amazingly, LOTS of the other women end up sharing similar experiences. So women and children are systematically brutalized and used, develop coping mechanisms that society uses to mock them and we call it entertainment. Unfortunately, realizing the prevalence of Sexual Assault in a group of women may be the more reality than most shows of the genre.

Via Jezebel: Charm School-ers Bond Over Shared Experiences of Sexual Assault