Excerpt republished from the ABC 29th May 2015 A young woman stands in a room with several men around her. She tells the men that she is taking women’s studies at university. They respond by grabbing her throat to silence her. They move onto slapping her and pulling off her clothes. The scene that follows… Read More The Unspeakable Truth: Pornography and Violence Against Women
In Brazil, Carnaval has just wrapped up for another year. I was in the country for the month of Carnaval, mostly because it’s my partner’s homeland. But even with Carnaval in full swing, it was easy enough to disregard the pomp and fanfare and jiggling butts that flanked every TV screen. For a large part,… Read More Lessons from Brazil 1: sex positivity as the new puritanism
It’s not ‘anti sex’ to want to expose pornography’s complicit role in child abuse and trafficking The growing number of internet users stumbling upon images of child sex abuse indicate that child sex abuse is not so far removed from the glamorised world of adult pornography. In fact, I would argue, it is part of its continuum.… Read More Child sex abuse in the continuum of pornography – Guardian AU
Until the institutional and cultural drivers of sexual exploitation are confronted, we will see more and more men like Julien Blanc. It’s easy to blame a globalised and complex cultural issue on a ‘few bad guys’. This is exemplified by cases like Blanc. Julien Blanc tours the world teaching men ‘pick up artistry’. He demonstrates… Read More Julian Blanc is rightfully condemned, what about the industry behind him?
Emma Watson’s speech isn’t the problem. The problem is liberal feminism. Emma Watson’s speech at the UN has made headlines worldwide. It wasn’t a bad speech. Like all women, Watson is doing the best she can with the information she has available to her. Several feminists have already addressed some of the problematic aspects of… Read More Don’t blame Emma Watson’s speech for liberal feminist failures.