QotD: “The Truth About Pornhub”

By antiplondon You have probably never heard of MindGeek, the huge tech company that owns Pornhub: the world’s most popular porn site. Pornhub, which has 42 billion visits per year, is currently under fire for its apparent lack of safeguarding checks. Six million videos a year are posted on the site; some, according to anti-porn […]

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QotD: “Misogyny is much more than a wolf-whistle”

By antiplondon Reece Thompson broke his girlfriend’s jaw with an iron bar, smashed a mirror over her head and, during a three-day ordeal, made her lick up paint. He was jailed for 40 months for GBH and given a ten-year restraining order. The first time he was released, he joked on Twitter about the attack […]

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QotD: ‘If you find it problematic, you’re the problem’

By antiplondon It’s weird, given how many magazines I used to plough through, that I’ve never forgotten this one piece. Even my recollection of Smith’s particular pose for the photograph was correct. I guess that no matter how hard I tried to persuade myself otherwise, there was still something about it that creeped me out. […]

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QotD: “Can sex offenders change?”

By antiplondon What should be done with these 400 newly minted paedophiles each month. That is the subject of a documentary to be broadcast on BBC Three, which asks: Can Sex Offenders Change? Presenter Becky Southworth, a victim of sexual abuse by her father, talks to men with convictions for sexual offences involving children who […]

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QotD: “The Mythology of Karen”

By antiplondon Below is an extract from a much longer essay in The Atlantic, by Helen Lewis, I would recommend reading the whole thing. In her 1991 essay “From Practice to Theory, or What is a White Woman Anyway?” the feminist and legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon referenced the Till case to explain the malignant stereotype […]

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QotD: “Just try not to act mad”

By antiplondon When Britney Spears lost it in 2007, shaving her head and waving a baseball bat at anyone who approached her, I confess that my initial reaction was “get in! Now THAT’s what I call a protest!” A decade before the eruption of #metoo, there was a woman truly raging, in an industry that […]

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QotD: “Abuse victim accused of ‘grooming’ teacher awarded £1m”

By antiplondon A man sexually abused as a schoolboy has been awarded more than £1m from his teacher’s employer. Haringey Council’s insurers argued unsuccessfully the assaults by Andrew Adams had caused no long-term trauma. Despite pleading guilty to criminal charges, Adams argued in a civil case 13-year-old “James” had groomed him. Haringey said it had […]

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QotD: “What Rich writes about intergenerational tensions and the ways in which women disidentify from both their bodies and other women is remarkable, and tremendously relevant today”

By antiplondon Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born was first published in 1976, when I was one year old. Hence it is not the feminism of my generation, but the feminism which my generation was destined to deride. As a postgrad student I’d have taken one look at that book and asked why, if second wave […]

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QotD: “Spearmint Rhino defeated by Unfunded NGO”

By antiplondon It’s very interesting to compare the BBC’s report to Not Buying It’s own press release. This is another example where ‘sex work is work’, but at the same time ‘sex work’ needs to be treated completely differently to any other kind of ‘work’. If undercover filming had revealed breaches to food hygiene and […]

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RIP Diana E.H. Russell

By antiplondon Rest in Power sister Diana E.H. Russell! Diana died July 28th, 2020 in Oakland, California, at 81 years of age. She was a world-renowned feminist activist, scholar, and author. Few can come close to the legacy of work she leaves behind.https://t.co/K6sM7fndWF — frauenkultur archive (@frauen_kultur) July 31, 2020 The Politics of Rape: The […]

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QotD: “With charges brought in less than 1.5 per cent of reported rapes, Wistrich agrees with the victims commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, that rape has virtually been ‘decriminalised’”

By antiplondon Harriet Wistrich is never far from the news. The campaigning solicitor and founder of the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has been involved in a string of ground-breaking cases — notably a human rights challenge to the police’s failure to investigate complaints made by two victims of the black cab rapist, John Worboys. […]

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QotD: “Feminist journalists, much more clearly than their mainstream counterparts, understood that gendered grievance can often turn into gendered violence”

By antiplondon It’s striking, now, the breeziness with which so many news outlets amplified the voice of a man who wrote, on his well-publicized website, that “females aren’t here to soothe the ‘savage beast’; the ‘savage beast’ is here to limit their infinite capacity for evil.” And it is notable that one of the corners […]

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QotD: “UK courts would keep Maxwell’s name secret”

By antiplondon How different things might have been if Ghislaine Maxwell had been arrested in Hampshire — perhaps hiding out in a New Forest cottage — rather than New Hampshire? For a start, it is unlikely the Crown Prosecution Service would have been ready to charge her. The wheels of the criminal justice system grind […]

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Healthy Conflict Resolution

By Cynthia Maselli Conflict is inevitable. The determining factor for healthy relationships is not the absence of conflict but the ability to work through them. Many people battling addictions have trouble with conflict resolution. Rather than confronting an issue, one might look at porn as an escape or avoid it. In all the years, I’ve […]

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QotD: “Alleged rape victims will no longer face ‘digital strip searches’ by police”

By antiplondon Controversial consent forms known as “digital strip searches” because they allowed police to examine everything in the mobile phones of rape and sexual offence victims are being scrapped. The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has written to chief constables across the country to announce the forms will be withdrawn and replaced by August […]

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The BBC is cool with pimps, thinks ‘sex work’ is a neutral term, and its report on OnlyFans sounds like a recruitment drive

By antiplondon In reply to my complaint about the BBC’s invitation to ‘pimp your video calls’, I was told this: “However your complaint acknowledges one of the central points at issue, which is that the word is also widely understood as contemporary slang, which for many people has outgrown the associations of its origin.” So […]

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Love That Changes Lives

By Doug Issichopoulos They were going to kill me. Many years ago, a group of men caught me doing something terrible. As they dragged me away, sheer terror exploded through my body like lightning, because I knew they were going to kill me. More than that, I knew how men like these operated: they were […]

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QotD: “The Burning Bed”

By antiplondon For thirteen years, Francine Hughes’s husband, James (Mickey) Hughes, beat her routinely. Something as small as the inflection of a word would set him off: he’d pin her down in a chair and pummel her. They divorced in 1971, but, later that same year, he moved back in. “She did try to get […]

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