A week in the porn debate: a numbered list of rage

1) Liberalism is utterly fucking useless when you’re addressing a situation that has arisen through thousands of years of power imbalance. It is, quite simply, the wrong tool for the job.

2) Straight men: society has privileged your sexuality above all others for thousands of years.  Like any other group experiencing a loss of power, you’re going to be pissed off at times. Please try to recognise this for what it is, rather than coming over like a drunk Boer farmer shooting the staff.

3) The right to ‘freedom of expression’ has long trumped the rights of women and girls to live their lives free from harassment, and to develop their own unmediated sexuality. Crying censorship when someone makes the tiniest attempt to redress the balance is, frankly, a bit thick. Women self-censor throughout their entire lives because they’re living in a structure that was created to disempower them.

4) If a woman dares to raise her voice against porn culture, and her website is immediately hacked to display porn, that’s gross sexual shaming. If you’re going to snigger over something like that, let’s not pretend you’re any kind of progressive.

5) Morality and ethics didn’t become irrelevant just because there’s an intellectual fashion for evidence-based policy (an ambiguous term in itself). Use of the term ‘moral panic’ often betrays an unwillingness to think about difficult ethical questions.

6) I don’t know whether a porn filter will work. It could be a complete farce; it might make things worse. I reckon a species that put humans on the moon might well be able to produce responsive filters if the resources are made available. The web is not a religion, and we do not lack agency.

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