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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography

Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography

(p.219) Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about the current women’s campaign against pornography. She says that while feminist criticism of sexist and misogynist pornography is nothing new, what is happening now is different. By playing games with the English language, antiporn activists are managing to rationalize as feminism a single-issue movement divorced from any larger political context and rooted in conservative moral assumptions that are all the more dangerous for being unacknowledged. The author examines the contradictions in the arguments raised by a group called Women Against Pornography (WAP), who maintain that pornography is not really about sex but about violence against women.

Keywords:   women, pornography, antiporn activists, feminism, Women Against Pornography, violence

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