Pornography as an industry is controlled by men, financed by men, marketed by men, and distributed…
Jonah Mix
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Pornography as an industry is controlled by men, financed by men, marketed by men, and distributed by men. The fact that some women also consume it doesn’t change those facts.

And none of those facts in any way imply that pornography is itself sexual violence. To be sure, large swaths of it are, but far from all or even most of it. Those same things could be said of any number of industries throughout history that one wouldn’t call sexually violent.

What about porn directed at women? There are entire classes of porn created by, and for, female audiences.

1. I’m not a “proclaimed feminist.”

Ok, well your profile bio says you’re a “pro-feminist”. Maybe you wanna say that doesn’t mean you’re a feminist, but we’re entering distinction without a difference territory here.

2. You can’t find a single line in this piece that demonizes the choice any woman makes to do anything.

The entirety of your piece demonizes the whole institution of pornography, which would necessarily include the actresses involved and their choices to do so. There are also several derogatory references to prostitution. So again, why not respect a woman’s unencumbered choice to engage in pornography or prostitution?

3. Not all choices are equally revolutionary or radical — abortion is an institution that develops and sustains women’s power. Pornography isn’t. Abortion isn’t good because it’s a choice.

So, you’re implying that women’s choices should be respected according to their revolutionary or radical character? That seems, more than a little problematic. The whole point of respecting choice is that it doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, or what the choice is, because you respect that person’s ability to make it on their own.

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