Tuesday, March 08, 2005

On Everyday Porn

Ann Althouse writes about the absent voice of anti-pornography feminists today and suggest that one of the reasons you might not hear much about them is because anti-porn feminists like Catharine A. MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin couldn't abide by spending too much time arguing together with the likes of Phyllis Schlafly and Edwin Meese. This may be true, but another reason probably has something to to do with the increasing sense that fighting porn is a losing battle, given the omnipresence of hyper-sexualization throughout society--a presence that even one of Ann Althouse's earlier posts from the day reveals.

Perhaps it's easier to fight against more concrete things as MacKinnon has begun to do, according to this article at Boston.com:
As for MacKinnon, since the early 1990s she has focused on international issues like prostitution, human trafficking, and war crimes. (In 2000, she won a war crimes conviction against the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for the rape of Muslim and Croat women during the Bosnian War.)
These are specific things with specific victims and some clear causal links you can speak out against--unlike the hazy fog of sex that permeates our everyday lives and interactions.


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