"Most commonly, their male partner films their consensual sexual encounter, sometimes surreptitiously. He then posts (or threatens to post) it online to platforms such as PornHub, to coerce the woman into staying in the relationship or conversely, to punish her for leaving. Such a video being posted on the internet (and often remaining there permanently) can have a devastating impact on the lives, livelihoods and social relationships of the targeted women."
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 recent years we have talked to a growing number of women who have been blackmailed and threatened by their former male partners that they will distribute intimate photographs and videos unless she agrees to have sex with him again or resume their relationship. Women in our transition house tell us that the abusive husbands whom they are fleeing have profited off pornographic videos of them for years and continue to do so.
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).