APL received this message after our last Bin the Bunny protest (posted here with the author’s permission):
I just wanted to say thank you to the brave women who stood up against pornography by picketing the Playboy store in Oxford Street last Saturday. I can’t believe that such a place exists and what saddens me more is the number of women – even young teenage girls – I see wearing Playboy-embossed clothing and accessories. They’ve bought into the idea of what they “should” be in order to please men and it sickens me to the pit of my stomach.
A few years ago I volunteered in the office of CAP – Campaign Against Pornography. We staged a protest in Leicester Square when the film about Larry Flynt, Hustler, was released and this is why I was so pleased to see that there are still women around who will stand up and say this sort of sexist, misogynistic crap is WRONG. These days I have a government job and wouldn’t be permitted to take part in such public events.
Sadly I think that no number of women will ever obliterate pornography, nor even make a dent in it. For as long as men run the media and women buy into its messages there is no hope of change. Everywhere I go I’m confronted with sexualised images of women classed as adverts, stand in newsagents faced with the likes of Nuts and Zoo and have Page 3 shoved in my face on public transport. I feel the threat of sexual assault, of being classed as a second-class citizen. I’ve been ridiculed time and time again, told to “lighten up, it’s only a laugh” and been humiliated for speaking out. As such, I wish you luck and thank you for your courage.