General Article Porn - the reality behind the fantasy

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Pornography is a multi-million pound industry and produces 68 million search engine requests each day.1 It is now part of our popular culture, with images used in advertising, music videos and mainstream films and porn stars promoted as international celebrities. The porn industry produces more hard-core material that is both overtly cruel toward women and yet more widely accepted than ever. At the same time our culture denounces other forms of violence against women.

The dominant culture tries to justify pornography – saying that those who are anti-porn are somehow at fault, prudes, anti-sex, not ‘getting the message’ or just ‘not with it’. This minimising of opposition acts as a silencing tactic and can deter people from becoming activists.

We have taken some commonly used arguments in favour of pornography and distinguished fact from fiction to suppor

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