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Where is the Discussion of Positive Sexuality?

anti-porn conference lacks discussion of alternatives to the porn culture

The following comment was written in response to an inquiry about a Stop Porn Culture! conference.

Forum: WMST-L
Date: 01/27/2010

On Jan 27, 2010, at 7:53 AM, Melanie Beaudette wrote:

Is there any room for feminist pro-porn scholarship in this conference?

I'm (obviously) not part of the conference, but I am almost certain that there isn't any room for "pro-porn" anything at this conference *under how its speakers define the word "porn."* Of course, when pro-porn feminists say that they are pro-porn, they don't mean it the same way anti-porn feminists do.

But once we step away from semantics, I do wonder: is there any discussion about sexual expression that is pro-women, anti-sexist/racist/etc.? Unless you believe that sexuality is in itself bad, it almost seems essential to promote and practice positive sexuality and sexual expression if we were to truly "stop porn culture."

And yet, the list of presentations and workshops appears to address negative versions of sexuality and sexual expression exclusively, which seems to reinforce the stereotype that anti-porn feminists are Victorian prudes who think all sex is rape. I don't believe that the stereotype is entirely accurate, so why isn't there any discussion about alternative forms of sexual expression that counter and overtake the porn culture?

Emi Koyama * Putting the Emi back in Feminism since 1975.