Many of the historical changes that characterized the Victorian period motivated discussion and argument about the nature and role of woman — what the Victorians called "The Woman Question.
A Woman's Right to Pornography, and it constitutes a more extreme defense of pornography than most feminists are comfortable with.
I arrive at this position after years of interviewing hundreds of sex workers. Overview of Feminist Positions on Pornography Feminist positions on pornography currently break down into three rough categories.
The most common one -- at least, in academia -- is that pornography is an expression of male culture through which women are commodified and exploited. The liberal position combines a respect for free speech with the principle 'a woman's body, a woman's right' to produce a defense of pornography along the lines of, 'I don't approve of it, but everyone has the right to consume or produce words and images'.
A true defense of pornography arises from feminists who have been labeled 'pro-sex', and who argue that porn has benefits for women. Little dialogue occurs between the three positions. Anti-pornography feminists treat women who disagree as either brain- washed dupes of patriarchy or as apologists for pornographers.
In the anthology Sexual Liberals and the Attack on Feminismeditor Dorchen Leidholdt claims that feminists who believe women make their own choices about pornography are spreading 'a felicitous lie'. Wendy Stock accuses free speech feminists of identifying with their oppressors 'much like The liberal feminists who are personally uncomfortable with pornography tend to be intimidated into silence.
Peeling back the emotions, what are the substantive ques- tions raised by each feminist perspective? Page Mellish of Feminists Fighting Pornography has declared, "There's no feminist issue that isn't rooted in the porn problem.
She considers pornography -- in and of itself -- to be an act of sexual violence. Why is pornography viewed as both the core issue of modern feminism and an inherent act of violence?
The answer lies in radical feminist ideology, which Christina Hoff Sommers calls 'gender feminism'. Gender feminism looks at history and sees an uninterrupted oppression of women by men than spans cultural barriers. To them, the only feasible explanation is that men and women are separate and antagonistic classes, whose interests necessarily conflict.
Male interests are expressed through and maintained by a capital istic structure known as 'patriarchy'. The root of the antagonism is so deep that it lies in male biology itself. For example, in the watershed book Against Our Will, Susan Brownmiller traces the inevitability of rape back to Neanderthal times when men began to use their penises as weapons.
It is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.
Another tenet of gender oppression is that sex is a social construct. Radical feminists reject what they call 'sexual essentialism' -- the notion that sex is a natural force based on biology which inclines women toward natural tendencies, such as motherhood.
Even deeply felt sexual preferences, such as heterosexuality, are not biological. They spring from ideology. Men construct women's sexuality through the words and images of society, which the French philosopher Foucault called the 'texts' of society.With over 40 years of experience across 25 industries, SAP offers proven solutions for all your industry-specific needs and goals – so your business can run better, faster, and .
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With the number of women working in. The sex industry employs millions of people worldwide, mainly women.
These range from the sex worker, also called adult service provider (ASP) or adult sex provider, who provides sexual services, to a multitude of support personnel. ENDING IN A DEFENSE THEREOF.
by Wendy McElroy "Pornography benefits women, both personally and politically." This sentence opens my book XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography, and it constitutes a more extreme defense of pornography than most feminists are comfortable with.