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Discussion Night: Feminism & Porn/Erotica
September 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm$2
Feminist Club Amsterdam Welcomes you to our Second Discussion Night of the Fall Seasons:
Feminist Porn and Erotica
Moderators: Vanessa and Ayla
1. Some of the sources for the preparation of this discussion night debate anti-porn views. We are aware that these are problematic, for instance in perpetuating sex workers’ shaming, and therefore we do not support such implications. We do believe that it would be irresponsible, on the other hand, to completely exclude anti-porn positions, as they raise important questions on the eventual harmful side of specific kinds of porn.
2.The subject of porn/erotica is one of the classic divisive topics in feminism. Opinions and arguments continue to go at each other on wether it is a way of perpetuating male dominance and violence over women, or just a consenting performance of healthy sexual desires that can actually be liberating for its participants. The issue is more complex than this of course. The plethora of themes, types and modalities in porn and erotica makes for a diversity that would be reductive, if not impossible, to categorize in dichotomic ways. Furthermore, all the interesting work being done by rising alternative artists, as independent directors and queer, ethnical diverse, non-gender conformist, body positive performers; has been contributing for a democratization and expansion of what porn means, beyond the mainstream.
So where do we stand now? How can feminism come to terms with this form of entertainment without turning a blind eye on its potential harms? And how do we do this without ignoring the empowering capacities of it, and its potential for liberation and exploration of a diversified sexuality?
Please come join us for another discussion night, to discuss this subject with an open but respectful mind, and don’t forget to prepare by reading AT LEAST 3 of the following suggested sources:
Disclaimer: 1. We are aware that this can be a difficult theme for asexual feminists to relate to, we do not intend for this discussion night to be excluding and therefore we would like to hear the opinions and experiences of people who identify as such too.
ENTRANCE FEE: €2 (at the door)
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