Finally, the harm is invisible because of the smile, because women are made to smile, women aren’t just made to do the sex acts. We are made to smile while we do them.
So you will find in pornography women penetrating themselves with swords or daggers, and you will see the smile. You will see things that cannot be done to a human being and that are done to men only in political circumstances of torture, and you will see a woman forced to smile.
And this smile will be believed, and the injury to her as a human being, to her body and to her heart and to her soul, will not be believed.
Andrea Dworkin, Pornography Is A Civil Rights Issue, transcript of her 1986 testimony before the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography, as printed in Letters From A War Zone