Iceland’s Sex-Hating Feminists Take on Internet Porn

Icelandic politicians are currently considering proposals to block access to internet porn in the country. Printing and distributing pornography is already illegal, and Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson is leading the charge to outlaw digital porn as well.

Since Iceland is a secular Scandinavian nation, the justification for banning sexual material is not religious. Rather, Icelandic censorship has “progressive” roots: protecting the “rights” of the women who participate in it.

Anti-porn activist Gail Dines praised Icelandic politicians for their stance against porn:

“Iceland is taking a very progressive approach that no other democratic country has tried. It is looking a pornography from a new position – from the perspective of the harm it does to the women who appear in it and as a violation of their civil rights.”

Never mind the fact these women almost always choose to appear in porn. The “feminists” who run Iceland are of the variety who believe that any and all expressions of sexuality–particularly in the form of adult entertainment–have been imposed on society by evil heterosexual men.

Two years ago, the Icelandic government banned strip clubs in the country. The move was spearheaded by Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who, unsurprisingly, is not a fan of male genitalia. Sigurðardóttir said this when the law was passed:

“The Nordic countries are leading the way on women’s equality, recognizing women as equal citizens rather than commodities for sale.”

Yes, because equality for women means taking away their choices. If a woman is to be truly free, she must not be allowed to choose an occupation that would “demean” her, like stripper or porn star–no, she must choose from the government-approved list of careers for women.

Although would-be censors now use different words, the Icelandic campaign against sexual expression is rooted in the same Victorian sensibilities as that era’s Comstock laws.

As Ellen Willis says about The Village Voice in the 1970s:

“We took on the anti-pornography movement, which had dominated the feminist conversation about sex: As we saw it, the claim that ‘pornography is violence against women’ was code for the neo-Victorian idea that men want sex and women endure it.”

Whether they realize it or not, Iceland’s “progressive” lawmakers are promulgating centuries-old attitudes about sexuality. In their view, sex is not something that women engage in, it is something that happens to women.

These “feminists” believe that all heterosexual sex is violence against women–that all women are “victimized” by men whether they are aware of it or not. (Presumably, women who appear in solo porn videos are included in this “victim” group.)

Maybe porn and strip clubs are degrading to women (whatever “degrading” means…), but shouldn’t it be a woman’s choice of whether to engage in such activities or not?

Why should a (mixed-gender) group of politicians get to decide that, because they are uncomfortable with or offended by pornography, no women should be allowed to participate in it (or view it, for that matter)?

Feminism is about choice. Anyone who seeks to restrict women’s choices should not be calling herself a “feminist” (or else should qualify it by saying anti-choice feminist or anti-sex feminist). Banning pornography* does not protect women’s “civil rights.”

This is all not to diminish the violence that some men do perpetrate against women. However, going after porn as the “cause” of such violence essentially absolves men of any responsibility. These “feminists” seem to believe that men who are exposed to porn become consumed by an animalistic instinct that reason and morality cannot overcome.

It should be clear that the Icelandic laws against sexual entertainment are predicated on the idea that men and women are both helpless: men to resist sexual urges, and women to resist “patriarchal oppression.”

The anti-sex feminists who are running Iceland do not seek to protect women’s choices nor do they wish to usher in a new age of equality and enlightenment. Rather, they seek to take women’s choices away, and to usher in a new age of thought control, book burning and censorship.

*The benefits of porn to women tend to be glossed over: Firstly, legal and available pornography allows a society’s sexual mores to develop and evolve (how concerned do you think Iranian men are with their partner’s orgasm?). Secondly, porn provides women with opportunities for vicarious sexual experiences. Thirdly, porn provides women with an outlet for socially unacceptable fantasies. And finally, porn provides women with sexual information that they may otherwise never have been exposed to.
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