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“A life-time ago we were never silent about being born into family violence. So 27 years ago, when catapulted into women’s reality that they as adults and/or as children were victimized by acts of violence that must be named and understood as torture perpetrated by private individuals or family groups, we refused to “shut up”. Thus the content of our webinar is to share models on how to define acts of torture plus discuss that the women also suffered torture pornographic victimizations. We will share the non-State torture victimization-traumatization framework we built to support women tortured to recover, which inclusively means their expressions of drawings and statements are included in the webinar as will examples of our participatory research” – Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, Founders of Persons Against Non-State Torture.


(Please note that this video features misogynistic and racist language and will entail detailed descriptions of sexual violence.)

We welcome Maria João Faustino, a PHD researcher for the School of Psychology of the University of Auckland. Her doctoral research focuses on sexual violence in heterosexual relationships, specifically looking at the gendered patterns of coercion regarding anal sex and its mainstreaming. During the webinar, Maria Joao addressed the pornographication of culture, the heteronormalization of anal sex and it dominance in popular culture’s discourses, sexual violence and sexual imperatives and the rebranding of sexism under the guise of “sexual empowerment”. In a ten-week long campaign RadicalGirlsss will go through the myths surrounding pornography, trying to uncover the reality behind the glamour. We’ll be hosting a series of webinars, post reality-checks and foster discussion to understand the operation of this multi-million dollar industry.

(Please note that this video features misogynistic and racist language and will entail detailed descriptions of sexual violence.)

RadicalGirlsss welcome Dr. Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology, that has been researching, writing, and lecturing about the porn industry for over thirty years. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages. Dr. Dines is the founder and president of Culture Reframed, a non-profit dedicated to building resilience and resistance in youth to the harms of a hypersexualized and pornified society.

Throughout the webinar, Dr. Gail Dines touched upon five key topics:
1) why radical feminists argue that porn is male violence against women;
2) how third-wave feminism undermines women’s liberation;
3) why mainstream internet porn has become torture porn;
4) the refusal to call women’s sexual exploitation “sex work”
5) why we need to be sex-industry abolitionists, not apologists.

(Please note that this video features misogynistic and racist language and will entail detailed descriptions of sexual violence.)

Radical Girlsss member Yağmur Uygarkızı runs us through her ongoing research on pornography that will be published later this year.
Her four main arguments tackle: why pornography is a form of prostitution, the content of contemporary pornography, pornography as the instrument to display the dehumanisation of women and the reason why it is impossible to make non-violent pornography.

(Note that the presentation will feature misogynistic and racist language and will entail detailed descriptions of sexual violence.)

Radical Girlsss welcomes Meghan Donevan to present her new research on the pornography industry in Sweden.

Meghan is the prevention and research manager at Talita, an NGO providing support to women exploited in prostitution, pornography and human trafficking for sexual purposes. Meghan is the initiator of #RealityCheck, Talita’s prevention work launched in 2017. Meghan and her team have developed research-based resources and curriculum that educate parents, professionals and young people about the harms of pornography.

Reality Check’s resource “10 myths about porn” has been translated into 7 different languages and distributed to schools, NGOs, and other professionals throughout Sweden and abroad.

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