Porn stars prepare for stand-off with feminists over Stop Porn Culture London conference

Mar 13, 2014
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Stop Porn Culture (SPC) will be holding a conference organised by Gail Dines, a sociologist and anti-porn campaigner, and the Guardian columnist Julie Bindel, which they describe as a “progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry”.

US-based Dines said the aim of the conference was not to ban porn, conceding that this would be impossible, but to “challenge the porn industry and the harmful culture it perpetuates.”

But news of the event has been met with furious responses from adult performers, who have organised the ‘Don’t Censor Me’ rally, led by Jerry Barnett, porn distributor and head of the pro-porn Sex and Censorship group.

More than 100 people have said they will attend the demo on Saturday, where the Don’t Censor Me! Facebook group has said “pornstars, others in the sex industries, and their supporters, will come together in London to protest against the Stop Porn Culture event that aims to censor sexual expression in the UK”.

Former porn star Renée Richards is also expected to join the rally. In a post, Richards described her fear that male and female performers are not being given the chance to speak for theirselves.

We have the ‘right to speak freely and join with others peacefully, to express [our] views’. In this instance the pro-porn and/or the pro-sex industries’ voice is very rarely heard.

Gail Dines is a well renowned author, Julie Bindel regularly writes for The Guardian and OBJECT are no stranger to protesting or speaking out.

Yet the men and women who perform in adult films, prostitutes and lap dancers who are regularly spoken about are very rarely heard from themselves.

Both sides of the debate over porn have been locked in a war of words with each other in blogs and via social media in the lead-up to the conference.

Barnett said that the Facebook group had been deluged with offensive comments regarding adult film performers in a blog for the Huffington Post.

“The depth of the vitriol thrown at female sex workers by anti-sex feminists genuinely shocked me”, he said in a blog post for the Huffington Post.

“Female porn stars can’t win”, he argued. “They are labelled victims, and if they try to defend what they do for a living, this is taken as proof of just how ‘oppressed’ they are.”

He said that he and Richards had tried to participate in debates with anti-porn feminists, but “anti-sex feminists have no more interest in hearing the voices of female porn stars than they are prepared to listen to strippers.”

In turn, Dines said she too has been met with anger and accused the Sex and Censorship group of “trying to silence us”.

“Nowhere is this more apparent than on Twitter, which is alive with tweets from porn industry shills making ridiculous statements about the goals of SPC”, she wrote in a blog post.

Dines said she had offered the group a chance to engage in a “serious debate”, but this was declined.

“The goal of the porn industry is to divide women because they understand only too well that a united international feminist movement will be their death knell,” she added.

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

Dines loves to rave about how she’s being silenced. In fact, nary a day passes without another bloviating pronouncement about how “the pornstitution lobby” has silenced her completely.

Which is why we see her on TV so frequently, why her books are ubiquitously available on Amazon and from every other retailer, why she lectures constantly at universities without obstruction and why she enjoys a permanent soapbox as a tenured college professor.

If that’s being silenced, I daresay many who oppose her views would be delighted to have some.

Tayng
Tayng
6 years ago

I recognized her immediately from an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit. Lol. It’s a show about disproving idiocy and extraordinary claims (without evidence)… Silly, silly woman.

Deep Throat
Deep Throat
6 years ago
Reply to  Tayng

Yes! That episode, The War of Porn, is one of my favorites.

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