Interview with Izabella Forzani from the Brazilian group Recuse A Clicar, which stands for "Refuse to Click" in English. The group does public education around the impact of pornography on women and is calling for men and women to stop watching pornography.
Working on the frontlines has informed us on how women are impacted by pornography. Our collective member Sophia Hladik shares Vancouver Rape Relief's demands with regards to MindGeek, and revenge porn, before her interview with Meghan Donevan from the Sweden based organization Talita, who supports women exiting the porn industry.
In today’s world, in the pornographer’s empire, women as an oppressed class are left to choose from: being a prude, which is equated with refusing pornography OR being a “sexually liberated” woman who owns her sexuality by accepting the imagined, misogynistic portrayal of the female sexuality (if you could even call it that).
One of the ways in which pornography perpetrates and reinforces sexism and racism is the normalisation of terror and hate. If we look at the parallel between sexist and racist pornography with sexist and racist jokes, the process becomes clear. In both cases, where previously discriminations based on sex and race are unacceptable in any circumstances, they are “redeemed” through pornography/jokes, because the former is seen as only providing sexual gratification, and the latter is just for a laugh.