Twenty years ago, the antiporn
feminist group Women Against Pornography-which led 4,000 people in a 1979 march against sex shops in Times Square-was leading free tours of the neighborhood every week, taking groups of women into the sex establishments to show them the misogyny of porn films and the degradation of objectified women in the peep shows.
A FASCINATING CHAPTER IN THE MORNing After focuses on legal theorist Catharine MacKinnon (dubbed "the antiporn
star") as the leading exponent of the new "victim" feminism that sees sexual violation as central to the female experience.
activists have received much more widespread attention than second-wave feminists who promoted a vision of sexual liberation without exploitation.
The evening I attended the show's taping, there was a segment on women who work on the business side of the porn industry, which featured two buxom porn execs debating Larry Flynt's antiporn
daughter; a mildly interesting discussion of the NCAA and whether players should be paid; and a discussion of racial profiling too brief to really engage the issues.
One can hardly help being enthralled by such bizarre sagas as the battle between the Church of Scientology and a ragtag band of online dissidents, or the doomed attempt by Christian fundamentalists and antiporn
activists to sabotage the Internet with the 1996 Communications Decency Act.
activists found themselves in alliances with the police and religious moralists, none of them ever particularly sensitive to women's issues, who saw themselves as protectors of women and guardians of their morality.
For all the morning's contentiousness, there was at least one moment when the pro-porn and antiporn
camps seemed to edge their way toward agreement.
Other dangers are closer at hand, With the help of the Christian Coalition and antiporn
groups, members of Congress are already crafting a more narrowly tailored anti-indecency statute that may require the rating of Web sites and the use of filtering software that can screen out indecent material.
Although his criticisms of censorship are those made by the majority of feminists, and although he rightly deplores the typical presentation of the two sides as civil libertarians versus feminists, he nevertheless equates antiporn
demands with what he and other conservatives derisively call "political correctness," as if seeking the inclusion of gender issues in political science courses or protesting sexual harassment were the same as censorship.
Kipnis, an associate professor of film and video at Northwestern, has written a wonderfully insightful book about the elitism that lurks behind antiporn
She also furnishes a sort of international bird's-eye view of pornography that leaves a clue to why, in America certainly, more women than ever are watching hard-core pornography--in the teeth of grating opposition from antiporn
feminists and notwithstanding its longstanding reputation for being of questionable legality, mostly unimaginative, terribly repetitive and largely out of touch with the sexual desires and lusts of women.
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