The war on porn does not help children

Originally published at: https://prostasia.org/blog/the-war-on-porn-does-not-help-children/

The most potent weapon that sex work prohibitionists wield in their war on porn is the false narrative that pornography cannot be separated from child sexual abuse. But in fact porn websites are just a convenient scapegoat for the problem of child sexual abuse material online, just as sex workers have become scapegoats for child…

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This reminds me a group named “Porn Harms”. Even if they may not be the major part of this porn elimination movement, it seems that we underestimated the threat. I heard that the cults’ next target is XVideos, and I don’t know how long XVideos can stand.

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If I remember correctly, Porn Harms became Morality in Media who became National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

I only remember the second one (MIM) because one of their employees literally harrassed someone on a plane saying he was watching CP (because it featured Asian women).

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I mean, you probably shouldn’t be watching porn on a plane anyway…

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MIM has backing from high profile conservatives in the Republican Party who’ve adopted a Catherine McKinnon-style level of fervor among contemporary leftists figures.

This will be interesting, and horrifying.

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Can you cite something? I wanna know more about this.

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It’s this guy:

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Ah yes, Kristoff himself.

This is quickly becoming an issue, I see. XVideos and its sister sites actually do a decent job policing CSAM from their site.

After reading the comments of his Twitter post, I can see he’s awoken a moralistic beast in his audience that cannot and will not see reason. The NYT has never been friendly to pornography or the free speech rights of others, in essence, parroting the rhetoric of social conservatives and anti-sex feminists.

I do agree, better content moderation could be beneficial, but erecting a walled garden of curated content is NOT the right way to go for this.

How do we make people see reason and not follow this disgusting and harmful rhetoric being parroted by Kristoff?

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You cannot make anyone see anything. You can only give people informations and hope they will decide to change their own minds. Usually, it happens once the boot they licked kicks them, or in other words, when the people parroting such rhetoric betray them in one way or another. Until that happens, not much else is possible, than to just be a better example, debunk misinformation, and make yourself be visible to others, so they can willingly discover what you have to say. Because it’s not a matter of if, but rather when they will lose their trust.

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The general public is against banning pornography and we have institutional safeguards such as supreme court ruling. The nightmare scenario which would be a global war on porn on par with the drug war is thankfully an extremely unlikely scenario. So the cult, while they want to bring upon mass suffering, are not quite that powerful and dangerous. If we didn’t have the supreme courts and the general public on our side, they would be a huge threat to social wellbeing and stability. What might actually happen eventually, possibly within 5 years or so would be verification for uploaders of Xvideos. But they will never be able to shut them down.

This is true if the only worry is with the legal aspect of pornography. But what happened to pornhub is an effect of the pressure put from the public, onto the payment processing companies, that threatened the pornhub to end their cooperation, making a lot of peoples lives harder. Pornhub didn’t have much choice than to take such action, because otherwise, they would be left without the ability to make transactions. This is the problem with the groups like that.

And it was simply an unnecessary move, since the result that most people claim they want: which is for the platforms to take better care filtering their content, could be achieved without taking such drastic actions, even more effectively.

Maybe on the legal front, not much they can achieve, but that is exactly the reason why they use other methods, like instigating public outrage to create pressure. Of course, in the process, they create a monster. Now the public knows, that if they scream strong enough, payment processors can cut ties with any company. So it’s only a matter of time before we will see those companies refusing to process payments to for example weapon sellers.

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