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Porn wars

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Wars journal, the first of its kind, will focus explicitly on erotic and pornographic materials, as well as sex work generally. As its call porn papers makes clear, it aims to include wars, intersectional, and global analyses. Such a journal is a brave endeavor because the topic of pornography is an incredibly volatile one in academic and activist worlds.

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The journal is nude shower spy cam a year away from publication and has already sparked angry responses, highlighting an ongoing problem in approaches to pornography that will be the focus of my post. Since the late s, critical engagements with pornography have been rather explosive.

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The late 70s and early 80s porn dubbed, in feminist communities, the porn wars or sex wars see Cornell, for examples of many feminist takes on pornography, both recent and historical. At this time, anti-porn, or radical, feminists suggested that pornography was a social problem that could only be stopped through censorship.

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Pornography was, according to feminists like Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon, violence against women—literally against the women who performed in it, and symbolically against all women in society because of the stereotypes and aggressive sexuality it promoted. In contrast, anti-censorship and pro-sex or sex positive feminists, highlighted the dangers of the radical position.

Feminist sex wars

The fact that pornography encouraged female sexuality meant that it could potentially be harnessed by wars to fight against cultural norms of female sexual passivity and propriety. The heated debate became all-out war, which then transformed into a hateful stalemate between porn groups.

A kind of feminist civil war that was never resolved. Still is not resolved.