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Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Subject:Petition! (is only the beginning)
Posted by:demonista.
Time:4:26 pm.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/rogersnoporn/


me starting a campaign to try and get roger's communications from selling porn--porn that is overtly racist, misogynist, pedophilic, rapist, etc.

please sign and spread the word!

in the case of pro-porners and/or pro-sadopatriarchs (pro-"bdsmers") finding this, read: http://community.livejournal.com/_feminism/59030.html, before commenting. chances are, it's already been addressed. let's save each other the hassle.
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Monday, September 17th, 2007

Subject:Young radical feminists (35 or younger)
Posted by:demonista.
Time:11:37 pm.
I'm going to compile an informal listing of radfems under 35 (born post-1970) because academia (or as Mary Daly would say: academentia) thinks or hopes us folk are going the way of the dinosaur.

So if you're a rad fem born 1970 or later, could I get a comment? Just give your username, or a nickname, or your real name. And if you know any authors, singers, activists, etc. who are radfem and under 35, could you give us their name. And maybe a little bio for both categories if you like, or a wee manifesto or whatnot.  And do you/your rad fems you list identify as 2nd or 3rd wave?

This is not meant to belittle older radfems in any wany, shape, or form. They're more than welcome to comment too, but please state you're older than 35, so i don't count you as a "young" rad fem.

Also, please post this other rad fem/feminist communities, blogs, etc. Let's get this thang going!

X-POSTED LIKE I'M DRINKING JUICE
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Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Subject:Torture porn
Posted by:selfhater17.
Time:2:03 am.
This isn't specifically about pornography, but "torture porn" movies (that description alone is vile and makes me feel sick).

The article and the majority of the comments therein express similar feminist outrage that I feel. There is absolutely no point to movies like this other than making money off of the pure hatred of women.

Because of the descriptions of vile acts of misogyny in the movie, I caution everyone with an EXTREME TRIGGER WARNING. Please don't read if you are easily triggered.

Review of Captivity the movie from Pajiba.

If this film depicted the torture of a child or a person of colour as titilation, there would be instant, international outrage (and rightly so) - but because it's a woman, it's treated as not a big deal. In fact it is sold as mainstream, titilating entertainment.

Because women aren't degraded and demeaned enough in real life as it is apparently.
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Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Subject:from phoenix_tempest
Posted by:malicious_pengy.
Time:8:26 pm.
I know, I know, not directly related, but a good concern for women.

"Teal Ribbon- Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Okay, so I was talking with a lady at the local deli in our Price Cutters, and she was frosting something for us, for pink ribbons. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and they're goin' all out. Pink cakes, Pink other stuff, so Mom got me something that wasn't frosted yet. As the woman was frosting it, I saw she had a pink ribbon clip to hang her nametag on, but the ribbon was taken out.
We started talking about that, and she said that she was going to put a teal ribbon in instead, for Ovarian cancer.

Here's the thing that wigged me out--
There is no way to detect Ovarian Cancer.
None. Nada.

And I had NO IDEA that Teal represents Ovarian cancer. I had no idea that Ovarian Cancer had a ribbon!

So, I'm doing my best to start awareness. It HAS to start somewhere, and I'm hoping it'll catch, and there will be something DONE.
There is no detection now, but maybe there can be.

http://www.ocan.org/teal.html
Apparently, September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
So, yes, this is a month late, but hey! Maybe next year.

So, whatcha think ladies? Worth a shot?"
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Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Posted by:malicious_pengy.
Time:6:42 pm.
Could someone give me a few words on what they feel is feminine? I've been doing extremely informal research on gender studies, and I'd like some opinions, especially on old-fashioned concepts focusing around domestic chores.
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Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Posted by:malicious_pengy.
Time:11:36 pm.
So, I just want to hear from everyone in this community. Obviously everyone here is against porn, but what about erotica? Do you recognize a difference? If so, what? Is erotica acceptable?

I do have fairly strong opinions about these, but I'd like to know what people here have to say first.
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Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Posted by:ex_amfora.
Time:10:48 pm.
Hi, my name is Ana Casian Lakos, and I HATE THE OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN, MORE THAN ANYTHING.

That's what i'd like to tell the world. I AM SICK of the way our society condones the objectification, humiliation and degredation of women--especially through pornography, but also in various other ways.

SICK OF IT.
SICK SICK SICK SICK.


I just needed a place to scream it oud loud, because.. no one else seems to agree with me.

Have a good day.
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Subject:Oh yes, prostitution is funny!
Posted by:wildcherrygal.
Time:3:34 pm.
Mood: infuriated.
From the illustrious I'm Not a Feminist, But

The delightful Channel 5 are set to screen a new comedy featuring the oh-so-hilarious lives of women working in a UK brothel. Conspicuously absent from this series will be rape, violence and drug addiction, in their place we have shoe collections, student debt, and a poor, hard done by male whose wife doesn't give him enough attention. Oh, and just to silence any of those whinging feminists who might complain, it's called Respectable - how dare you criticise these women for their choices? It's the oldest profession and it's time we starting giving these ladies some respect. Prude.

Please join me in saying a big fuck you to Channel 5.

And to reinforce it, write to:

Customer Services Five
22 Long Acre
London
WC2E

customerservices@five.tv

(x-posted to my blog)
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Friday, July 21st, 2006

Posted by:bluebedroom.
Time:7:15 pm.
Okay, I'm searching for sites dealing with the subject of pornography, particularly anti-porn (but either really, since it's good to read up on both "sides"). I'm trying to compile a list on the anti-porn LJ community I moderate, and also for my own and others' reference.

Please share the best you've found! This isn't just for me, either. It will be a good reference for all of us.

Thanks!   :)
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Monday, April 17th, 2006

Subject:This isn't exactly porn, but I thought people might be interested
Posted by:wildcherrygal.
Time:10:47 pm.
Mood: aggravated.

nightlight
Originally uploaded by union_clown.


SO, my friend Jason reminded me of this poster that I completely pushed out of my mind (it's so evil). It's advertising a night that they call "Myrene's Cuts of the Month." Here's the rest of the poster:

So if you would like to call/email/send a letter discussing how the poster is sexist/offensive in it's comparison of women to pieces of meat, quite literally, and that you hope that in the future the Nightlight Lounge will not use misogynistic images off women in their advertising campaign (and don't fall for the red herring arguement about how at least it's a "real" woman and not a model. That is not important and is to distract you from the topic at hand: patriarchal portrayals (quite literal in this case) of women as meat.)

The phone number of the Nightlight is (360) 527.1531
The address is 211 E. Chestnut Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
The publicist's email is tamara@nightlightlounge.com and the main email is info@nightlightlounge.com (you could send a copy of your letter to each email account.) And if you want to call I know for a fact that the owner works on Mondays, but could be found at the bar on most evenings.

NO MORE F*ED UP POSTERS! WE'RE HUMAN TOO!


Many many thanks to vagal_nerve for all your work on the Rumours campaign and also for reinvigorating my belief that I am not alone and that people in my town *do* want to do feminist activism. (of the more unpopular sort) And for all who called. YAY!!

Feel free to X-post at will.
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Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Subject:Please make the call!
Posted by:zorah.
Time:4:15 pm.
A popular local dance club is hosting a Pimp n’ ‘Ho party.
Please call
Rumors Cabaret in Bellingham WA
360-671-1849


Tell them their April 15 Pimp N’ ‘Ho party trivializes prostitution and perpetuates the idea it is okay to exploit women.
Pimp ‘n ‘Ho parties set up a model for how men can hurt women and make a joke of it. Pimp ‘n ‘ho parties teach men that pimping women is fun rather violence and control. These parties perpetuate sexual exploitation and notion that women’s bodies are owned and for sale.

Prostitution is not fun. Prostitution is sexual harassment, rape, battering, verbal abuse, and domestic violence. It is a racist practice and a violation of human rights. Prostitution is a result of male domination of women and a means of maintaining male domination of women.

Pimps are not cool characters in snazzy clothes. Pimps target girls or women who seem poor, naive, lonely, homeless, and rebellious. In one study, 79% of sex workers had been beaten by their pimps. 85% of prostitutes are raped by pimps (Council on Prostitution Alternatives, 1994).

Prostitution is violent and causes harm to women. 70% of prostitutes report multiple rapes by their customers, pimps, and strangers. Most prostitutes have been victims of childhood sexual abuse, incest, rape, or battery prior to their entry into prostitution, making them more vulnerable to being targeted by pimps. Whether it is being sold to a brothel, or whether it is being sexually abused in your family, running away from home, being pimped by one’s boyfriend, or whether you work at a lap dancing club - all these forms of prostitution hurt the women in it.

Most prostitutes do not choose their profession. Women enter prostitution as young teenagers, not as worldly women who are playing ‘ho to have a good time. The average age of entry into prostitution is getting younger, now about 14 years old. Street prostitution is largely representative of the poor, single, and less educated. With very few skills, a limited education, and minimal, if any, work experience, these women often saw prostitution as a way to succeed in otherwise blocked entrances to conventional opportunities.

Prostitutes wouldn’t ‘ho if they really didn’t want to. Pimps keep prostituted women in virtual captivity by verbal abuse and by physical coercion - beatings and the threat of torture. The answer to the question "why do prostitutes stay with their pimps?" is the same as the answer to the question "why do battered women stay with their batterers?" Humans bond emotionally to their abusers as a psychological strategy to survive under conditions of captivity.

Prostitution causes lasting harm. Like combat veterans, women in prostitution suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological reaction to extreme physical and emotional trauma. Symptoms are acute anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, flashbacks, and emotional numbing.

Some information was excerpted from http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/pnh/index.html
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Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Posted by:_elbereth_.
Time:7:16 pm.
"Download sexy women!"

I'm not sure if that should piss me off or make me laugh.
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Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Subject:How sick are these people ?
Posted by:boobirdsfly.
Time:4:08 pm.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/15/national/15cnd-porn.html?hp&ex=1142485200&en=661240ff69ce92f0&ei=5094&partner=homepage

That is so sickening.
And 5 to 15 years is the most they get for destroying all these children's lives.
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Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Subject:I had to pass this on...
Posted by:somebodypornwar.
Time:4:20 pm.
I blogged on this already on my site, but this needs more attention in my opinion.
31 senators from Virginia, actually voted to keep porn-filters OFF of public library computers...get this, because they said that the filters would stop minors from learning about contraception and safe-sex. OH MY GOSH!

I used to live in VA, I liked it alot, and this whole thing has me seeing red.

Read this crazy article:

http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories/storyReader$39201

PLEASE, if you're from VA...write a letter now!

Somebody
PORNWAR.INFO
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Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Subject:Some good reads...
Posted by:snidegrrl.
Time:10:53 pm.
Today ginmar posted an excellent essay on prostitution, and I think you'd be cheating yourself if you didn't go read it right now. It's called Supply and Demand.

From the comments, I found Biting Beaver, which has a collection of essays on Porn and the Sex Industry. I haven't dug into those yet, but wanted to pass that on.
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Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Subject:Ew, spam (rant)
Posted by:nelsolidarida.
Time:1:19 pm.
You're never bloody safe, are you? Yahoo occasionally develops a problem with certain mailing lists, which means i have to sometimes go through my spam box to check that nothing i want has ended up in there. Today, i was curious about an email with a title which, at first glance, sounded vaguely relelvant to one of the mailing lists and came from someone with a nearly identical name to a friend of mine who works in animal rescue. Ok, you can probably guess what comes next...

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Posted by:onlydaughter.
Time:1:12 am.
Mood: uncomfortable.
here's what i just posted in my journal for all of my friends to read. i've never really voiced my opinions out loud to them. do i come off wrong or elegant? i'm worried about making them angry, but then think, "well, i am angry." (um) please just lemme know if it sounds terrible, and thank you.




i should be able to open my friends page and not be bombarded by reminders that i will ALWAYS struggle to prove myself as something worthy, something more than an erotic casing.

you may not have much inside of yourself that's gonna do the world some good, so step aside and don't hinder those of us who are trying! it's an uphill battle to begin with. i guess it's the fault of people like me for thinking that your personhood is actually worth the battle. i shouldn't go to protests in washington, d.c. or participate in programs to stand up for you if you're gonna move aside the first time you're expected to stand your ground, but i still do. let's face it. i always will because i don't want to see you trampled and worn. there's nothing worse than those who hurt and will neither help themselves nor their kind. some do not want to pursue thinking for themselves. being alienated, not truly being oneself, is easier and seemingly much more enjoyable.

ASK THE GIRLS YOU ARE CLOSE TO HOW MANY OF THEM WERE SEXUALLY MOLESTED OR ABUSED AS A CHILD!!! those numbers aren't hiding anything. i haven't had 1 girl friend who, when it came to that topic a bit down the road of our personal conversations, didn't have something in the shadows. that's ok though because those experiences are gonna make 1 hurt little girl into a sexy fucking machine at your local strip club or in some sweet porno if she's reeel gude and karizmatik.

i have spoken with so many women AND MEN who are now in their 40s, 50s, and 60s that are saddened from how the young women of today take for granted all that they fought for. she'll hug on me, tell me her story, smile big and say how wonderful it is to see someone my age standing up beside then, and then get a lost look upon her face.

however

it's just so cool for a girl to be into porn. it makes her sooo kitschy and unique. it makes her comfortable with her sexuality, right?

it MAKES her what she's been taught to be, what she needs to be to BE something. it's an asset, something to up her market value. she's more desirable if she goes with the flow.

why not volunteer for a children's organization in your spare time instead of funding the cycle of tragedies founded upon making a human being a novelty? you could be a good role model or seek one out for yourself.

SEX IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. you can fuck and it be beautiful! make love! give love! have you some crazy upside down in a swing love!
give someone you honestly and truly like a blow job. go down on the most charming and enlightening girl you've ever met. watch a porn together as a couple if you're both into it. watch it alone if you're single and lonesome or just horny as hell. i don't care. these things are consensual. they are interactive communications of acceptance. i AM pro-man and i am also pro-woman.

i don't have ALL of the answers and i am a bit confused on how to voice everything i think [especially at 1 a.m.], but i have NEVER spoken up about how i feel whenever i see things like this. this 1 time was the first time i didn't want to just be quiet as always, my simple "live and let live" thought. i merely want to be allowed to be comfortably me too.


these are my thoughts and feelings. i know that some and maybe a lot of you won't agree. i enjoy that. i am truly thankful that you're not like me and ALWAYS motivate me to think differently. i respect and value nearly everyone who has read this and your opinions. i just wanted what i think to be heard somewhere else besides in my head. nevertheless, i do apologize for what angry sarcasm there was. i do not want to hurt anyone's feelings in the process of expressing my own. i am comfortable with you disagreeing. hell, you're probably a lot happier than i am concerning the subject. i've wished and seriously tried to be in that place, to just be ok with it all, several times, but it's something bigger inside of me that makes it feel inhumane and wrong.



here's some hot porn for your mind!
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Subject:Trading Bibles for Porn in San Antonio
Posted by:xmorningxrosex.
Time:12:55 am.
Atheist group at UTSA encourages students to exchange religious materials

Thoughts on this?

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Posted by:miss_blu.
Time:3:37 pm.
Mood: depressed.
I think this is the first time I've posted here, and perhaps it's the wrong place to post, but I could do with knowing at least some people out there feel the same way I do...

My city (small UK city, pop 330,000, most of whom are pretty poor) currently doesn't have any lap-dancing clubs. I've today attended a licensing meeting in a last-ditch attempt to stop someone opening one. Although I couldn't stay until the decision was announced, right from the start it was clear that the city council were going to grant the license.

I tried. I wasn't allowed to speak as my objection had been received a day too late (despite publicity for the license application only being published on the last day of consultation). The club manager and his entourage of two heavies, a local club manager 'representative' and two solicitors defended their application on the grounds that 'it's legal'. Throughout the whole meeting debate focussed on whether the club would upset people walking past, whether people could see in and be shocked etc.

'The Girls' were mentioned once, and that was to state they'd be 'employed by local agencies' (of which there are none), and they'd 'be over 21' (a lie). Security will consist of one wandering security guard, and unmonitored cctv.

No question of whether the council should support sexual exploitation by granting such a place a license, no question of the safety of the women working there, and a blithe statement about a local (very large) city that has 11 strip clubs and 'no police reports of increase in sexual violence'.

I despair, I really do. I'm sick to f*cking death of watching idiotic, money-hungry, middle-aged gangsters being allowed to get away with w*nking over women in as many ways as possible. No matter what evidence put in front of the council, they dismissed it all out of hand - either as irellevent to licensing (as in a 700+ petition and objections on the grounds of sexism and exploitation) or as being received too late (as in my submission of The Bindel Report. I feel once more as though, no matter what I do and how hard I try to play their game, I'm the one left looking the idiot and loser, as they happily skip off to w*nk over more women. It's like being a prostitute all over again, and I despair, I really do. :'-(
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Subject:Think this might be my first post here...
Posted by:nelsolidarida.
Time:9:45 am.
One of my biggest gripes is the way certain elements of the porn industry have wormed their way into every aspect of life. (eg Playboy stationary and kid's clothes, etc etc) Well, today it was the first thing i saw on entering campus. Our charming Athletic Union are having a Playboy-themed party at a local club, and they have a stall advertising this right outside the campus shop. And to make things worse there is an official advert at Students Union Reception, so this appears to have been sanctioned. I'm pissed off that our alleged Equal Ops policy (ok, not widely vaunted, but one technically exists because all SUs have to have one) doesn't matter or is just not contravened by this.
Plus i feel kind of powerless. I can remove posters in the building i work in, no problems, but can do pretty much eff-all anywhere else. I don't know anyone else at this uni who is bothered, and plenty who'd give me shit if i rocked the boat. Maybe, shamefully, i'm actually too tired to take on the whole sodding AU, quite possibly the Union exec, student opinion, public opinion, and so on. That pisses me off.
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