Rant

A rant about porn

I’m working on (what I hope will be) a lovely little story about growing up in the seventies. But with all the debate around rape and violence against women going on in the media this week, I figured it was finally time to write a rant I’ve started many times.

What’s held me back is that I know that my position will piss a lot of people off. Whenever there’s a debate about rape and porn, an element of the feminist community come out militantly against the women who make their living from the porn industry. In fact, that’s what inspired me to write it this time. There’s a page on Facebook called A girl’s guide to taking over the world. Mostly it posts inspiring, exciting content about women. But during the week they posted a story about a man being convicted of murdering his niece with the comment  ‘Another victim of pornography’. In the discussion that ensued, the militants came out, with one woman posting  ‘As much as I despise the men who participate, I despise the consenting women even more.’ That really gets my goat on a number of levels. Aside from anything else, I find it hypocritical to claim to be a feminist and then decide you know better than other women what’s good for them. Pornography does not kill is my answer to that woman.

If you don’t have the stomach for a rant about pornography, do something positive for women: support The Great Initiative. It’s a charity being launched today that aims to help women in war-torn Africa. More than 250,000 women were raped in Rwanda and only 8 convictions have ever been secured. Surely we can do better than that for the women of the world.

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