On Saturday, April 9, seven members of Radical Feminists Unite got together for a potluck and film screening of Gail Dines’ documentary Pornland. You can rent this film for only $10 on this website and we highly recommend it.
The film presents similar information to what she wrote about in her book by the same name. It describes how the porn industry is connected to other mainstream industries, the way porn has changed over the years and the violence perpetrated against female performers. The difference between the book and the film is that the film shows actual clips and screenshots from porn films and websites and therefore offers visual evidence of the violence that occurs. It was very difficult to watch, but very informative.
It is clear that the porn industry is deeply embedded within global capitalism, since mainstream industries such as banks, credit card companies, Internet companies, and hotel chains are all profiting from porn. Pornography is a business that sells violence against women for a profit.
We had an excellent discussion after viewing the film about the way pornography affects our lives and our relationships. We talked about the expectations that men have during sex and the way we navigate the dating world. We also talked about the reasons why women watch porn, such as a desire to look “cool” in front of boyfriends and being so used to misogyny that it’s hard to even see. Women who have watched porn uncritically and who haven’t had a chance to develop a feminist consciousness will often accept violence and abuse as normal in their intimate relationships—a terrible consequence of living in a porn culture.
If you are a woman in the Toronto area who would like to discuss the effects of porn culture in a female-only feminist environment, please contact us!