Who are you?
Anti-Porn London: a group of feminists campaigning against pornography. Bin the Bunny (the protest against the Playboy store on Oxford St) was our first campaign.
Why Playboy? Why not Ann Summers?
Playboy is a porn company attempting to portray itself as a ‘lifestyle’ brand. Playboy markets products such as stationery sets and single duvet covers to young girls who may not know what the Playboy bunny logo stands for, and grooms them to become sex objects. Playboy is just one of our targets.
It’s just a rabbit, what’s the big deal?
The Playboy bunny is the symbol of a porn empire that profits from exploiting women. It symbolises women’s second-class status to men within society and helps normalise pornography in everyday life.
What’s wrong with pornography?
All pornography is sexist – it reduces women to objects and promotes misogynistic notions of ‘beauty’. Hardcore pornography is often violent and degrading to women, and portrays a dishonest version of human sexuality, particularly women’s sexuality.
Some women make a lot of money in porn
A very small number of women manage to make a lot of money in the industry, mostly because they have graduated from performer to producer. Most women’s ‘career’ in porn is short and financially unrewarding. Most women enter the porn industry because of poverty and a lack of career choices, and soon wish to get out.
The women enjoy what they are doing
Smiling for the camera and saying how much you love it is part of what they are paid for, it is part of the performance.
Some women consume porn, and what about porn that shows men being degraded?
Violence and degradation is violence and degradation regardless of who is being degraded, who is doing the degrading, and who is getting off on it. Showing men being sexually abused doesn’t challenge the pornographic paradigm that sex is violence and domination.
Are you anti-sex then?
No, we are pro-sex and anti-porn; pornography and sex are not the same thing. We would like to see more honest portrayals of sex in the media and better sex education.
You’re all just a bunch of ugly man-hating lesbians
Anti-feminists have always used bullying and name-calling to try to intimidate women into silence whenever we have challenged the status quo.