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Stop Porn Culture

Stop Porn Culture

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LondonAbusedWomen'sCentre
August4,2011ChairandMembersCommunityandNeighbourhoodsCommitteeRe:DelegationStatusatAugust16,2011MeetingTheLondonAbusedWomen'sCentre,MenAgainstSexualTrafficking(MAST)andStopPornCultureunderstandwehavebeengiven30minutesbeforethecommitteeonAugust16,2011topresentPornographyanditsImpactontheCommunity.WehavepreviouslyarrangedthroughtheClerks'officeforaprojectorandscreen.WearerecommendingthatconsistentwiththeCity'svisionstatement:
Weareacaring,responsivecommunitycommitted
to
thehealthandwell-beingofallLondoners.Theactionswetakewillbesocially,environmentallyandfiscallyresponsiblesothatourqualityoflifeisenhancedandsustainedforfuturegenerations.Ourpeople,heritage,diverseeconomy,strategiclocation,landandresourcesareourstrengths,
thefollowingactionsbetaken:Apolicybeestablishedprohibitinganydirectlyorindirectlycityfundedboards,commissionsanddepartmentsfromleasingorrentingspacetoanypornographyindustrysponsoredevents;and,TheCityofLondonrequesttheLondonPublicLibraryBoardtoreconsideritsdecisiontonotfilteritscityfundedcomputersagainstaccesstopornographyandtoimmediatelyfilterallLondonPublicLibrarycomputersagainstaccesstopornography.BackgroundTheworldofpornographyisaworldofharsh,oftenbody-punishingsexwherewomenareoftendepictedasyounggirlsandtheword
"no"
isneverused.WhilewearelimitedinshowingyoumuchofwhatisincludedinourpornographyduetoCouncil'sProcedureBy-lawwhichstates,"communicationsorpetitionscontainingobsceneordefamatorylanguageshallnotbelistedintheAgendaorbedirectedtoacommittee,"wedofeelitisimportantthatyouhaveanunderstandingofhowpornographynegativelyimpactswomen,menandchildrenincommunitiesacrossthecountry.Assuch,aspartofoureducationalandinformationalpresentationtoyou,weaskthatyoutakeintoconsiderationthisisasanitizedversionofmainstreampornographytoday.Mainstreampornographysexualizesandnormalizesincest,sexualviolenceagainstchildren,andtherapeandtortureofwomen.ItiswidelyavailableonDVDandtheweb.Today'sgenerationhas
 
unprecedentedaccesstounprecedentedquantitiesofhardcorepornographybeginningonaverageatage11.Technologiessuchashomevideorecorders,digitalcamerasandtheinternethavemadeitpossibleforanyonetobecomeanamateurpornographer,withorwithouttheirpartner'sknowledge,andtosharepornographictrophieswithothersacrosstheworld.Gonzopornisthefastestgrowingporngenre.Itisextremelyprofitableforthepornographers.Thereisnoplotorcharacterbutratherstagedandrecordedsex,ofteninaprivatehomeoronsomeminimalset.Itteachesamanthatsexmeansusingandpenetratingawoman'sbodyhoweverhelikes,allthewhileassumingshewillloveitasmuchashedoes.Itteachesawomanthatsexmeansperformance,doingwhateverwillpleaseherpartner,actinglikeshelovesit-andaboveall-lookinggoodwhiledoingit.Thefocusofgonzopornisdomination,painandviolence.Itincludesastandardseriesofsexactsincludingoral,vaginalandanalpenetrationallthewhilethemenarecallingthewomennamessuchas"bitch,""slut,""whore."Asthewomenarebeingverballyabusedandaggressivelypenetrated,theyareexpectedtosayoverandoveragainhowmuchtheylikeit.Virtuallyeverysceneendswiththeso-called"moneyshot"ofmaleejaculation,usuallyinthewoman'smouthoronherfaceorbody.Analsexisastandardfeatureinpornographyandisoftenpresentedasbeingexcitingformenbecausetheyseeitashurtingorhumiliatingtowomen.Onepornographersaidinspeakingtomen,"WeatPureFilthknowexactlywhatyouwant,andwe'regivingittoyou.Chicksbeinga**f**kedtilltheirsphinctersarepink,puffyandtotallyblownout.Adultdiapersjustmightbeinstoreforthesewhoreswhentheirworkisdone."Pornographytodayoftenshowswomenbeggingforactsthattheyknowwillbepainfulorharmingtotheirbodies.Inthesceneswithoralpenetration,theman'scontrol,debasementandhumiliationofthewomanarecentraltotheappeal.Hemayyankherheadbackbyherhair,thrustviolentlyintohermouth,slapherfacewithhispenisandcallherabusivenames.Insomescenes,themanholdsthewoman'sneckinachoke-hold,orpincheshernoseshutwhileshefellateshim.Asthescenesend,sheisoftenmadetodemonstrateforthecamerathatshehasswallowedtheejaculate.Causingawomantogagonmen'spenisesisanincreasinglyprominenttheme.Womenareaskedtowearheavymakeupsoastheyaregaggingandtheirtearsarerunningdowntheirfaces,theblackmascaracoveringtheircheekswillbecaughtonfilm.Anincreasinglycommontypeofsexingonzoisdoublepenetration.Thisiswhereawomanispenetratedbothanallyandvaginallybytwomenatthesametime.Sometimes,athirdisthrustinghispenisdownherthroat.Thepornindustrycallsthis"airtight."Everyholeinherbodyisplugged.Insomedoublepenetrationfilms,thewomanisshowngrimacing,orsayingthingslike"thathurts"or"pleasemakeitstop;"herapparentpainispartoftheappeal.Somegonzotapesadvertise"ATM,"or"anustomouth,"inwhichamanremoveshispenisfromawoman'sanusandputsitdirectlyintohermouthorthemouthofanotherwoman.Thereisno
increasedsexualpleasureforthemanoutsideofthewoman'sdebasementandhumiliation.
 
Pornographysexualizeschildrenandteenagersasappropriatesexualpartnersforadultmen.Whilemostpeoplecondemnchildpornography,lessoftendiscussedarethewaysinwhichmainstreampornographylegitimizesandincitesadultsexualdesirefor,andsexualuseof,children.Althoughthewomeninthesepornographicvideosareindeedovertheageof18,theyarepresentedinchildlikeways:petite,withsmallbreasts,childishexpressions,andhairinbraidsorponytails.Onthesepornsites,mencanfindimagesofyoungvulnerablegirlswholook"eagertoplease"withouttheriskofaccessingrealchildpornography.Disclaimers,outliningthewomenareinfactoflegalage,arenotoftenfounduntiltheendofthevideo.Aspedophilesknow,younggirlsoftenareeagertoplease-becausetheyareterrifiedbyadultabusersandtrytominimizetheharmbycooperating.Toooften,theyarethenaccusedoflikingtheabuseorareblamedforit,becausetheycooperated.Farfromexpandingourimaginationsandvisionsofhumansexuality,pornographyendlesslyrecyclesasetofuglyanddamagingmessages:thatwomenarestupidbitches,dirtywhores,worthlesssluts;thatwomennotonlydeservetobeusedandabused,butlikeitandcraveit;thatwhetherornotshewantsitatfirst,aggressiveandhostilesexfulfillseverywoman'struenature.Ateveryopportunity,thepornographerssuggestthatwhatisbeingdeliveredisasliceofreality,ratherthanasetofcarefullyconstructedimageschoreographedformaximummalearousal-andmaximumprofit.Intheworldofpornography,womendonotexistashumanbeingswithasenseofprivacy,boundariesorauthenticdesire.Nopartofthefemalebodyisofflimitstomaleinspection,evaluation,useandabuse.Inthisworld,womenaref**kobjects.Theyhavenohistory,biography,needsordreamsoftheirown.Womenexistforonereason:tobepenetratedbyanyavailableman.Allwomenarereadyandwillingtobef**kedanywhere,anytime,inanywaythathewants.Whatever"it"is,everygirlseitherwantsitorhasherprice.Meanwhile,hereintherealworld,womenstrugglefordignityandequality-forequalpay,accesstohealthcare,safeaffordablehousing,secureemployment,affordablechildcareandreproductivecontroloverourbodies.Womendon'tneed"monsterpenises"and"hotloadsofejaculate."Womendoneedbodilyintegrityandmeaningful,respectfulrelationshipswiththemeninourlives,whethertheybehusbands,boyfriends,co-workers,employers,orthemenweencounteronthestreetorelsewhereinthecommunity.Womencontinuetobeleftfightingforequalityandrespectinaworldwheretheaveragemanisbombardedwith,andmasturbatingto,imagesofwomenasdegraded,debased,sub-humanf**kobjects.Whatgoesoninthebedroomisnoneofourbusiness?Unfortunately,pornographyhassignificanteffectsonattitudesandbehaviourintherealworld.Toargueotherwiserequiresustoignoreeverythingweknowabouthowpeopledevelopandfunctioninaculturalcontext.Billionsofdollarsarespentayearonmass-mediaadvertising,preciselybecausethoseimagescanhaveaneffectonattitudesandbehaviourintherealworld.Wecannotassumethatpornographyistheone

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