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     News: Anti-pornography conference, March 2007

    Porn, Prostitution, Sex IndustryConference: Pornography and Pop Culture: Reframing Theory, Re-thinking Activism

    March 23-25, 2007
    The so-called “porn wars” that were fought over the feminist critique of contemporary mass-marketed pornography derailed important academic and activist work. It is time to move on by reframing our thinking on pornography, especially in light of the important changes that have occurred in both technology and pop culture over the past two decades. In the world of the internet, cell phone porn, shock jocks and sexually degrading reality TV, the central insights of the critical feminist perspective are more important than ever. What was once called soft-core pornography has become the norm in mainstream pop culture, while hard-core porn has become increasingly accepted and increasingly misogynistic. What do such economic and cultural shifts mean for feminist theory and activism, and how can we rebuild a vibrant feminist movement that addresses the harms of misogynist images that help define our culture, our visual landscape and our sexuality? These issues will be addressed at a national conference on March 23-25, 2007, at Wheelock College in Boston. Titled "Pornography and Pop Culture: Reframing Theory, Rethinking Activism," this conference will
    • feature recent feminist theory and research on pornography, prostitution and pop culture, and
    • provide space for collaborative discussion on how we can prepare the ground for building a broad-based, energized and vibrant feminist movement that can address the harms of pornographic images in the context of a more general political and cultural crisis.


    proposed agenda:

    Friday, March 23: Opening Conference Event 7:30-9:30 p.m.--Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture

    Saturday, March 24: Pornography and Pop Culture: Reframing Theory 9:15-10:00 a.m.: Not Your Father’s Playboy and Not Your Mother’s Feminist Movement: Contemporary Feminism in a Porn Culture
    Rebecca Whisnant Assistant Professor of Philosophy University of Dayton
    10:00-11:00 a.m.: Real Men, Real Choices
    Robert Jensen, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

    11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Pornography and Pop Culture: Putting the Text in Context
    Gail Dines. Professor of Sociology and American Studies, Wheelock College

    2:00-3:15 p.m.: Pornography, Prostitution, and Sex Trafficking: How Do You Tell the Difference?
    Melissa Farley, Director, Prostitution Research and Education, San Francisco
    Rachel Lloyd, Director, Girls’ Educational and Mentoring Services

    3:30-5:00 p.m.: Analyzing the Pornographic Text: Charting and Mapping Pornography through Content AnalysisAna Bridges
    Erica Scharrer, University of Rhode Island, U/Mass Amherst
    Robert Wosnitzer, New York University

    7:00-9:00 p.m.: 'Fantasies' Matter: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships.
    Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Chyng Sun

    Sunday March 25: Pornography and Pop Culture: Rethinking Activism
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon: Talking about Pornography in a “Pornified” Culture
    1:00-3:00 p.m.: Building a new Feminist Anti-pornography Movement for the Twenty First Century: Goals, Coalitions, and Strategies to Aim for and Pitfalls to Avoid

    Associated Topics

    Sexual Politics

         myth-heard by men
    The only alliance I would make with the Women's Liberation Movement is in bed. -Abbie Hoffman, American Political Revolutionary (1972)

         ms-heard by women
    We must say to every member of our society: If you violate your children, they may not speak today, but as we gather our strength and stand beside them, they will, one day, speak your name. They will speak every single name. -Marilyn Van Derbur

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