The first “international digital media” conference for the adult entertainment industry was held in London as dozens of feminists staged a protest against it. The activists dressed as butchers in aprons smeared with fake blood and waved pretend meat cleavers. They chanted, “You’re not welcome in our city. Pornographers go home!”
The summit was “designed to deliver cutting-edge educational seminars, engaging technology workshops, special guest keynote presentations and high-energy business-networking and deal-making opportunities.” The protestors, however, viewed the summit as a façade of a respectable corporate event. Instead, they argue, it is merely an opportunity for the porn industry to plan new ways of profiting off the exploitation of women. Claire Wigington, head of marketing of Television X, vehemently disagrees with the protestors’ view of the porn industry. She explains, “It’s easy to say ‘porn degrades women’ but the women in the industry know what they’re doing.”
Activists also claim that the acceptance of pornography can lead to greater tolerance of rape myths and violence against women. That may be true, as Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, explains that there was an “‘immeasurable’ difference between the X-rated industry of decades ago and the kind of ‘body-punishing, hardcore’ material available now, which she says has become the ‘major seller’ in the industry today.”
Is adult entertainment really exploiting women or do women in the industry know what they are doing? Do you agree that the violent themes in adult entertainment today render a greater acceptance of rape and violence against women? Should we adopt a laissez faire attitude of women who are making a living, albeit unconventional, or do we have a duty to protect their moral character? Do they even want us to?
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