FACT Member Ellen Willis Agrees: Porn Represents a Backlash Against Women

Ellen Willis was a member of the Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force, a group critical of anti-porn feminists and associated with “sex-positive feminism”. Even so, Willis had this to say about porn:

The aggressive proliferation of pornography is…a particularly obnoxious form of sexual backlash. The ubiquitous public display of dehumanized images of the female body is a sexist, misogynist society’s answer to women’s demand to be respected as people rather than exploited as objects. All such images express hatred and contempt, and it is no accident that they have become more and more overtly sadomasochistic… Their function is to harass and intimidate, and their ultimate implications are fascistic.

Quoted in Men Confront Pornography (1990, p.20)

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