Pornography and Prostitution

FORGING JUSTICE: NOMAS RESPONDS

For the past eight years, NOMAS has identified either a feminist or otherwise compatible organization that is already planning a conference to which the NOMAS conference could be attached, or an organization that is willing to produce their own conference and would allow NOMAS to partner with them. NOMAS supports the host organization with $5000 in seed money, and advertises the conference to NOMAS

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The Harmfulness of Pornography

A huge majority of Americans believe that some forms of “pornography” – eg. eroticized rape scenes – influence some men toward real-life sexual aggression. Social science also now confirms this. A large body of behavioral research shows that men exposed to certain rape portrayals show psychological changes that increase the likelihood of attacks on women. A common scenario – She refuses, he forces her,

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10 Major Unresolved Issues Within the Anti-Pornography Struggle

A challenge to the feminist anti-pornography movement has been a lack of consensus about key issues and goals.  The NOMAS National Task Group on Pornography & Prostitution has developed a list of ten such unresolved issues (see below).  We seek to encourage more thinking and constructive discussion about them. 1.  The anti-pornography movement was large and making headlines, in the late 1980′s and early 90′s.  Today,

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Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking Manifesto

NOMAS supports the “Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking Manifesto” from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking Manifesto: “Who Represents Women in Prostitution?” Press Conference – European Parliament October 17, 2005 We, the survivors of prostitution and trafficking gathered at this press conference today, declare that prostitution is violence against women. Women in prostitution do not wake up one day

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Does Consensual Prostitution Exist?

By Robert Brannon, PHD, Chair NOMAS Task Group on Pornography and Prostitution, Should there be any legal (or any feminist – political) objection to a mutually consensual agreement, between two adults, to exchange money for sex?   Before answering, one must think a little more about the meaning of the word “consensual.“   If we say that a person (e.g. a woman) is consenting to have sexual intercourse with a stranger,

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Taxing Prostitution? Please Think Again… and a bit Deeper

Raising funds by taxing prostitution is surely among the most wrong-headed, misinformed – and in the deepest sense immoral – ideas being pushed in America today. Thus The New York Times’ unusually light-hearted and splashy, four-columns, two-photos story by Charlie LeDuff on 6/28/03, which naively glamorized and implicitly promoted prostitution will give more fuel to all the critics who increasingly wonder when the respected

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The Fight Against Sex Trafficking: Still An Uphill Struggle

At first glance, it would seem that the horrors of sex-trafficking have finally been clearly recognized in 2009; that change for the better is happening.   Public opinion seems strongly against sex trafficking.  The U.S. “Trafficking Victims Protection Act” (TVPA) has been extended for two more years.  And New York State recently passed the strongest and most comprehensive anti-trafficking measure in American history. A closer look at

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Stop Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is 21st century slavery. There are more slaves today – 27 million – than ever in all 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade combined. Every year over 2 million women and children are sold into slavery around the world in what is considered a form of modern day slavery. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to obtain their victims. Human traffickers

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