Myth: To Be Anti-Porn Is to Be Anti-Sex

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It is not uncommon today to hear people say they are for pornography, not necessarily because they consume it or like it themselves, but because it is a free expression of sexuality, and this should be encouraged. To discourage it or speak against it is to be, in some way, anti-sex.

Several decades ago the term “sex-positive feminism” was coined. Many feminists at the time were saying pornography was an example of violence against women, but the so-called sex-positive feminists replied saying, “When porn portrays a woman who enjoys sex, why is this a bad thing? Don’t get trapped in this Victorian idea that sex is just a man’s thing. Women enjoy sex too, and pornography a positive expression of this reality.”