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A Poem To Get Rid of Fear

This is one of my all time favorite poems.

I Give It Back, A Poem To Get Rid of Fear 
by Joy Harjo

I release you,
my beautiful and terrible fear.
I release you.
You are my beloved and hated twin

but now I don’t know you
as myself.

I release you 
with all the pain
I would know
at the death
of my children.

You are not my blood
anymore.

I give you back to the soldiers
who burned down my home
beheaded my children
raped and sodomized my brothers
and sisters.

I give you back to those 
who stole the food from our plates
when we were starving.

I release you, fear,
because you were born,
and I was born, with eyes
that can never close.

I release you.
I release you.
I release you.

I am not afraid to be angry
I am not afraid to rejoice
I am not afraid to be hungry
I am not afraid to be full
I am not afraid to be black
I am not afraid to be white
I am not afraid to be hated
I am not afraid to be loved
To be loved
To be loved, fear,

oh, you have choked me
but I gave you the leash.

You have gutted me
but I gave you the knife.

You have devoured me
but I laid myself across the fire.

I take myself back, fear
You are not my shadow any longer.
I won’t hold you in my hands, 
in my eyes, my ears, my voice, my belly
or in my heart, my heart, my heart, my heart, my heart…

Come here, fear,
I am alive!
and you are so afraid
of dying.

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Excited about these new tank tops. The design and fabric are dope and and I can’t even convey how happy I am to be printing on Alternative Apparel having finally dropped the vile company known as American Apparel. 

If you want one:
http://collect.sophiawallace.com/product/unisex-solid-gold-clit-tank-in-dark-grey

More designs:
http://collect.sophiawallace.com/category/wearable-art

Posted on Saturday, April 19th 2014

I just donated to support Trans Justice. It is the last hours of the campaign. Give what you can, even $1 makes a difference. 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trans-justice-funding-project-2014-grant-cycle
What We Do and Why We Do It
We started TJFP in the summer of 2012 because there was almost no funding available for local, grassroots trans justice work. We support groups run by and for trans people with budgets of $250,000 or less, and not just in the big cities on the coasts but also in small towns and rural areas across the US. We are focused on supporting the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.
The way we give is also an important part of our work: all funding decisions are made by our activist panel from across the country. We also believe that if you really want to support grassroots work, you need to be able to fund groups that don’t have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor. So this year we have set up a new structure that makes it simpler for us to support not only non-profits, but unincorporated groups too.
Our first year, we received 104 applications from from Selma, Alabama to Missoula, Montana, Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. And we raised and distributed $50,000 to 22 grantees. (You can read more about it and our incredible grantees in our annual report.) 
In February we received over 100 applications again. But this year we’re hoping to raise a total of $100,000 so that we can support even more amazing groups. We’ve been working hard on reaching our goal, but to make it there we will need your help!
Why Your Support is So Important
We’re coming together here to raise $17,000 for our 2014 grant cycle. Our operating expenses for the year have already been covered, so every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees.  And the best news is: we’ve received a matching grant from a donor, so every dollar you give until April 15th will be matched up to $50,000! 
Other Ways You Can Help
As a community, we have the ability to uplift and support each other in so many ways and this project is just one example in a long-history of community-led resistance and action. For folks not able to contribute through monetary donations, there are so many other ways to help!
Tell your friends, family, lovers, comrades and Tumblr friends about TJFP
Share our IndieGoGo’s page
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter @TransJusticeFP

I just donated to support Trans Justice. It is the last hours of the campaign. Give what you can, even $1 makes a difference. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trans-justice-funding-project-2014-grant-cycle

What We Do and Why We Do It

We started TJFP in the summer of 2012 because there was almost no funding available for local, grassroots trans justice work. We support groups run by and for trans people with budgets of $250,000 or less, and not just in the big cities on the coasts but also in small towns and rural areas across the US. We are focused on supporting the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.

The way we give is also an important part of our work: all funding decisions are made by our activist panel from across the country. We also believe that if you really want to support grassroots work, you need to be able to fund groups that don’t have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor. So this year we have set up a new structure that makes it simpler for us to support not only non-profits, but unincorporated groups too.

Our first year, we received 104 applications from from Selma, Alabama to Missoula, Montana, Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. And we raised and distributed $50,000 to 22 grantees. (You can read more about it and our incredible grantees in our annual report.) 

In February we received over 100 applications again. But this year we’re hoping to raise a total of $100,000 so that we can support even more amazing groups. We’ve been working hard on reaching our goal, but to make it there we will need your help!

Why Your Support is So Important

We’re coming together here to raise $17,000 for our 2014 grant cycle. Our operating expenses for the year have already been covered, so every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees.  And the best news is: we’ve received a matching grant from a donor, so every dollar you give until April 15th will be matched up to $50,000! 

Other Ways You Can Help

As a community, we have the ability to uplift and support each other in so many ways and this project is just one example in a long-history of community-led resistance and action. For folks not able to contribute through monetary donations, there are so many other ways to help!

Tell your friends, family, lovers, comrades and Tumblr friends about TJFP

Share our IndieGoGo’s page

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter @TransJusticeFP

Posted on Monday, April 14th 2014

No complaints about my room situation. Lecture is tonight at 7pm at Wesleyan University. #cliteracy  (at Wesleyan University)

No complaints about my room situation. Lecture is tonight at 7pm at Wesleyan University. #cliteracy (at Wesleyan University)

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Bad Advice

You’d be surprised how many people in studio visits have given me the advice to ‘make a large replica of a vulva that viewers can climb in and out of’. Time and time again, I tell them, this is precisely what I will never do. Is the issue that there aren’t enough people inside of female genitalia? Hardly. I want viewers to think of this subject matter beyond the idea of what it can do for them. I want viewers to consider the subject of female born/identified genitalia that is providing no reproductive labor, no opportunity for sexual gratification or penetration, needing nothing, revealing nothing vulnerable— simply being, autonomous in and of itself. This is an entirely new way to think of female born/identified genitalia and that is the point. —  Sophia Wallace

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th 2014

'Gulabi Gang' is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.  
They also:
Stop child marriages
Persuade families to educate girl-child
Train women in self-defense
Oppose corruption in administration
Create awareness about the evils of dowry
Register FIRs against sex-offenders and abusive husbands
Publicly shame molesters
Encourage women to become financially independent
Learn more about them here website. 
via: angrymuslimah

'Gulabi Gang' is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.  

They also:

  • Stop child marriages
  • Persuade families to educate girl-child
  • Train women in self-defense
  • Oppose corruption in administration
  • Create awareness about the evils of dowry
  • Register FIRs against sex-offenders and abusive husbands
  • Publicly shame molesters
  • Encourage women to become financially independent

Learn more about them here website

via: angrymuslimah

Posted on Monday, March 24th 2014

Reblogged from speakallowed

Source angrymuslimah

"Sophia Wallace’s Cliteracy may be gone, but one might consider her work heiress apparent to Judy Chicago, a pioneering artist who, like Wallace, is committed to championing women’s rights through art and activism. Her work is now on view through May 11 at Penn Sate University’s Palmer Museum of Art. Chicago is perhaps best known for the Dinner Party, the work you see on the left, which has been both celebrated and maligned as an early example of feminist art. The work has often been criticized for presenting a so-called essentialist view of feminism, focusing on the female body as a site of commonly shared values, but ignoring the considerable differences of women around the world.
However, in considering Chicago’s larger corpus of work as a whole, one finds a much more complex picture. This is the angle that the Palmer Museum of Art’s exhibition,Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades, takes.”
Full article: http://galleries.blogs.bucknell.edu/2014/03/18/judy-chicago-at-penn-states-palmer-museum-of-art/

"Sophia Wallace’s Cliteracy may be gone, but one might consider her work heiress apparent to Judy Chicago, a pioneering artist who, like Wallace, is committed to championing women’s rights through art and activism. Her work is now on view through May 11 at Penn Sate University’s Palmer Museum of Art. Chicago is perhaps best known for the Dinner Party, the work you see on the left, which has been both celebrated and maligned as an early example of feminist art. The work has often been criticized for presenting a so-called essentialist view of feminism, focusing on the female body as a site of commonly shared values, but ignoring the considerable differences of women around the world.

However, in considering Chicago’s larger corpus of work as a whole, one finds a much more complex picture. This is the angle that the Palmer Museum of Art’s exhibition,Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades, takes.”

Full article: http://galleries.blogs.bucknell.edu/2014/03/18/judy-chicago-at-penn-states-palmer-museum-of-art/

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Why are so many straight men sexually incompetent?

Two explanations come to mind.

1) More men than ever before learn about “sex” from mainstream porn. Women don’t exist in 99% of straight porn, where women’s bodies function as orifices to be violently and competitively destroyed. What is the role of women in mainstream porn? Women are cast as living sex toys that accept being masturbated on and inside of, with no reciprocity, often lasting damage to their bodies and a script that only allows them to express pleasure as their bodies are attacked. Even their “no” is eroticized, it becomes an invitation for annihilation. This is the alter that comprises 99% of available porn. As you can see from the stats and quotes below, mainstream porn consumers are religiously devoted to this singular fantasy, of the all-powerful-erection that destroys the weak, despised orifice. 

2) They neither know or care about the clitoris, which is homologous to the penis. Imagine for one moment, straight porn that completely ignored the penis. 

There are some wonderful attempts underway to make progressive porn, porn that does not required anyone to be dehumanized. Unfortunately it is still hard to find this porn unless you already know where to look. As such, progressive/feminist/queer porn has very little viewership and financial power relative to mainstream porn and thus is not shaping culture the way that mainstream porn is. 

My (Sophia Wallace) thoughts above, Stats, testimonies below compiled by others on tumblr. I can’t take credit for this excellent research. 

Trigger Warning: Includes mentions of rape, abuse, violence, racism, misogyny, homophobia, child sex abuse, pedophilia

Porn use:

  • There are over 420 million pages of pornographic material online worldwide. (IFR)
  • 72 million searches for porn are logged monthly. (IFR)
  • 25% of all daily search engine requests are for pornography (68 million searches daily) (IFR)
  • 42.7% of internet users view porn (IFR)
  • 100,000-plus websites are devoted to child pornography. There are over 116,000 daily requests for this material. (IFR)
  • 20% of men admit to accessing pornography at work (IFR)
  • 35% of those purchasing online porn make $75,000-plus annually. (IFR)
  • The United States is the top producer of pornographic web pages with 244,661,900, or 89 percent (IFR)
  • Worldwide revenue from mobile phone pornography is $1 billion-plus and growing (Bryan-Low, Cassel and Pringle, David. “Sex Cells: Wireless Operators Find That Racy Cellphone Video Drives Surge in Broadband Use.” The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2005)

Ex-porn star testimonies:

  • Corina Taylor: ”When I arrived to the set I expected to do a vaginal girl boy scene. But during the scene with a male porn star, he forced himself anally into me and would not stop. I yelled at him to stop and screamed ‘No’ over and over but he would not stop. The pain became too much and I was in shock and my body went limp.”
  • Jenna Jameson: ”Most girls get their first experience in gonzo films – in which they’re taken to a crappy studio apartment in Mission Hills and penetrated in every hole possible by some abusive asshole who thinks her name is Bitch.”
  • Alexa James: ”The first shoot I did was with a man who was probably 40 and he was as thick as a soda can. He held me down and shoved it in me with no lube tearing my vagina. When I started to tear up and cry he flipped me over and continued from behind be so they wouldn’t get me crying on film. He pulled my hair and choked me over and over again even when I told him it hurt and I could barely breathe.”
  • Linda Lovelace: ”My initiation into prostitution was a gang rape by five men, arranged by Mr. Traynor. It was the turning point in my life. He threatened to shoot me with the pistol if I didn’t go through with it. I had never experienced anal sex before and it ripped me apart. They treated me like an inflatable plastic doll, picking me up and moving me here and there. They spread my legs this way and that, shoving their things at me and into me, they were playing musical chairs with parts of my body. I have never been so frightened and disgraced and humiliated in my life. I felt like garbage. I engaged in sex acts for pornography against my will to avoid being killed.The lives of my family were threatened.”
  • Andi Anderson: ”After a year or so of that so-called “glamorous” life, I sadly discovered that drugs and drinking were a part of the lifestyle. I began to drink and party out of control! Cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy were my favorites. Before long, I turned into a person I did not want to be. After doing so many hardcore scenes I couldn’t do it anymore. I just remember being in horrible situations and experiencing extreme depression and being alone and sad.”
  • Alexa Milano: ”My first movie I was treated very rough by 3 guys. They pounded on me, gagged me with their penises, and tossed me around like I was a ball! I was sore, hurting and could barely walk. My insides burned and hurt so badly. I could barely pee and to try to have a bowel movement was out of the question. I was hurting so bad from the physical abuse from these 3 male porn stars.”
  • Jessie Jewels: ”People in the porn industry are numb to real life and are like zombies walking around. The abuse that goes on in this industry is completely ridiculous. The way these young ladies are treated is totally sick and brainwashing. I left due to the trauma I experienced even though I was there only a short time.”
  • Genevieve: ”I had bodily fluids all over my face that had to stay on my face for ten minutes. The abuse and degradation was rough. I sweated and was in deep pain. On top of the horrifying experience, my whole body ached, and I was irritable the whole day. The director didn’t really care how I felt; he only wanted to finish the video.”
  • Jersey Jaxin: ”Guys punching you in the face. You have semen from many guys all over your face, in your eyes. You get ripped. Your insides can come out of you. It’s never ending.”
  • Elizabeth Rollings: ”I didn’t want to feel the pain of penetration from an over average sized man, being told to freeze in a position until the camera man was happy with his shots was very painful. I had peoples body fluids forced on my face or anywhere else the producer pleased and I had to accept it or else no pay. Sometimes you would get to a gig and the producer would change what the scene was supposed to be to something more intense and again if you didn’t like it, too bad, you did it or no pay.”
  • Lucky Starr: ”I was worried about my first anal scene for quite a few days … then the big moment arrived. It REALLY hurt! I almost quit and said, “I can’t do this”. When it was all over, I was so happy and relieved I was able to do it…”
  • Ashlyn Brooke: ”I honestly felt that if I had to have another strange man in my face, his hands (God knows where they’ve been all over me) him calling me his baby and having to exude some sort of forged passion for the world to see, I probably would have exploded. And what would have been stuck to the walls would have probably been nothing, just pieces of skin, bone, the brain of a robot, and what would have been left of what would have existed once as a huge and warm heart.”
  • Roxy: ”After only 30 movies I caught two sexually transmitted diseases. Herpes, a non-curable disease and HPV, which led to cervical cancer where I had to have half of my cervix removed. Porn destroyed my life.”
  • Anita Cannibal: ”Yeah, there are a lot of cover-ups going on. There is a lot of tragedy. There are a lot of horrible things.”
  • Tamra Toryn: ”As for myself, I ended up paying the price from working in the porn industry. In 2006, not even 9 months in, I caught a moderate form of dysplasia of the cervix (which is a form of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease) and later that day, I also found out I was pregnant. I had only 1 choice which was to abort the baby during my first month. It was extremely painful emotionally and physically. When it was all over, I cried my eyes out.”
  • Jessi Summers: ”I also did a scene where I was put with male talent that was on my no list. I wanted to please them so I did it. He put his foot on my head and stepped on it while he was doing me from behind. I freaked out and started balling; they stopped filming and sent me home with reduced pay since they got some shot but not the whole sce

porn trends:

how pornographers feel about women:

  • "I’d like to really show what I believe the men want to see: violence against women. I firmly believe that we [pornographers] serve a purpose by showing that. The most violent we can get is the cum shot in the face. Men get off behind that, because they get even with the women they can’t have. We try to inundate the world with orgasms in the face." -  Bill Margold, porn industry veteran, quoted in Robert J. Stoller and I. S. Levine, Coming Attractions: The Making of an X-rated video; 1993.
  • "There’s nothing I love more than when a girl insists to me that she won’t take a cock in her ass, because — oh yes she will!" -Max Hardcore, interviewed in Hustler (June 1995).
  • "My whole reason for being in this Industry is to satisfy the desire of the men in the world who basically don’t much care for women and want to see the men in my Industry getting even with the women they couldn’t have when they were growing up. I strongly believe this… so we come on a woman’s face or somewhat brutalize her sexually: we’re getting even for their lost dreams. I believe this. I’ve heard audiences cheer me when I do something foul on screen. When I’ve strangled a person or sodomized a person, or brutalized a person, the audience is cheering my action, and then when I’ve fulfilled my warped desire, the audience applauds." - Bill Margold, porn industry veteran and Free Speech Coalition board member.
  • "It might promote violence against women in the United States, but I say, ‘Good.’ I hate those bitches. They’re out of line and that’s one of the reasons I want to do this … I’m going through a divorce right now. … I hate American women." - What pornographers really think of women (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 14 October 1999)

2010 study on popular porn films:

  • 88% of scenes contained physical aggression, including spanking, gagging, and slapping. 
  • Women were overwhelmingly the targets of aggressive acts, and men the perpetrators.
  • Following instances of aggression towards women, in 95% of cases the women expressed pleasure or neutrality.

cases of porn leading children to commit sexual assualt IN THE UK ALONE:

  • February 2014: A 13-year-old boy told a UK court that he raped his 8-year-old sister after viewing pornography at his friend’s house.  The teenager told police he “decided to try it out” on his sister because she was small and “couldn’t remember stuff,” reported the Lancashire Telegraph.
  • November 2013: A different 13-year old UK boy pleaded guilty to raping an eight-year old girlwhen he was 10. A pornography addiction since age 9 was said to have played a significant role in his crimes.
  • March 2013: Two boys aged 14 and 15 admitted to a British court that they were re-enacting scenes witnessed in violent online pornography when they beat, brutalized, then raped a 14-year-old girl they had tied to a chair.
  • March 2013: A UK report found that thousands of British children had committed sexual offenses. In all, 4,562 minors – some as young as five – committed 5,028 sexual offenses over a three year period from 2009-2012. Experts blamed “easy access to sexual material.”
  • January 2012: Children’s aid and sex abuse organizations in Australia largely blamed 414 cases of children sexually abusing other children on the explosion of pornography made accessible to children.
  • August 2012: A 13-year-old Canadian boy pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a 4-year-old boy who lived in his foster home. The boy said the idea came from watching “gay porn” on his foster parents’ home computer.
  • April 2012: A child therapist reported a case of a 13-year-old boy who raped his 5-year-old sisterafter developing a “complex fantasy world” warped by “two years of constant porn use.”

racism in porn:

  • Latinos and HispanicsPornography tends to stereotype Hispanic women as feisty, “hot and spicy Latinas”, sexy Señoritas, with a high sex drive and low impulse control. Many are portrayed as maidsillegal immigrants to the United States, or unfaithful wives. Since Latinos and Hispanics can be of any race (many are white Hispanic AmericansMestizos etc.), cultural characteristics are sometimes portrayed via iconic items like South and Central American national costumessombrerosmaracas, or Mexican dresses.
  • Asian women: Are viewed as sexually willing or submissive. Asian men are hardly portrayed in pairing with white women and not as common compared to white men with asian women porn. Asian women are mainly portrayed as the: “Dragon Ladies”, as servile “Lotus Blossom Babies”, “Innocent School Girls” in private school uniforms, “China dolls”, “Geisha girls”, war brides, or prostitutes. Japanese media have also at times sensationalistically promoted the stereotype of Japanese women overseas as “yellow cabs”. 
  • Black performers: Large penis size in Black men is consistently emphasized in pornography, often by exclusively casting actors with larger than average penises such as Lexington SteeleKid BengalaJack Napier and Mandingo. Men are often treated to stereotypes of gang affiliation, working class labor, and are overrepresented in gang rape fetish films. Also, they are represented as overly aggressive and demanding, and are performing with white women. Similarly, black women are often portrayed with large breast and buttocks, or ‘booty’. They normally play a submissive role while performing with a white male.

Kid’s access to pornography:

  • Youth who look at violent x-rated material are six times more likely to report forcing someone to do something sexual online or in-person versus youth not exposed to x-rated material. [12]
  • Middle-school aged boys who view X-rated content are almost three times more likely to report oral sex and sexual intercourse than boys who do not use sexually explicit material[13]  
  • A study in the southeastern U.S. found that 53 percent of boys and 28 percent of girls (ages 12-15) reported use of sexually explicit media. The Internet was the most popular forum for viewing. [14]
  • The words “sex” and “porn” rank fourth and sixth among the top ten most popular search terms. [15]
  • Roughly two-thirds (67 percent) of young men and one-half (49 percent) of young women agree that viewing pornography is acceptable.[7]
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 (87 percent) young men and 1 out of 3 (31 percent) young women report using pornography.[8]
  • Experts have warned that the rise in the viewing of pornography was implicated in a variety of problems, including a rise in the levels of STDs and teenage pregnancies.  Additionally, males aged between 12 and 17 who regularly viewed pornography had sex at an earlier stage in life and were more likely to initiate oral sex, apparently imitating what they had seen. [9] [10]
  • Internet pornography was blamed for a 20 percent increase in sexual attacks by children over three years.[6]
  • One out of three youth who viewed pornography, viewed the pornography intentionally.[1]
  • Seven out of ten youth have accidentally come across pornography online.[2]
  • Nearly 80 percent of unwanted exposure to pornography is taking place in the home (79 percent occurs in the home; 9 percent occurs at school; 7 percent other/unknown; 5 percent at a friend’s home).[3]
  • Kids experience unwanted exposure to sexual material via:[4] A link came up as a result of an innocent word search (40 percent), Clicking on a link in another site (17 percent), A pop-up (14 percent), Other (13 percent), Misspelled web address (12 percent), Don’t know (4 percent), Pictures involving animals or other strange things (10 percent)
  • Type of material youth encounter when unwanted exposure to pornography occurs:[5] Naked people (86 percent), People having sex (37 percent), Violent pictures (13 percent)
  • Nearly 74 percent of pornography websites surveyed display adult content on their homepage (accessible to anyone) before asking if the viewers are of legal age. [11]
  • American children begin consuming hardcore pronography at an average age of 11
  • Four out of five 16 year-olds regularly access pornography online
  • Findings from the Youth Internet Safety Survey indicate that 15% of 12-17 year olds have purposefully looked at x-rated material online.
  • Data from the PEW Internet and American Life Project suggest that 70% of 15-17 year old internet users accidently view pornography “very” or “Somewhat” often.

Child Pornography

  • Child pornography is a $3-billion industry. (Top Ten Reviews)
  • Child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, and the content is becoming much worse.  (Internet Watch Foundation)  Internet Watch Foundation confirmed 1536 child abuse domains in 2008.
  •  The fastest growing demand in commercial websites for child abuse is for images depicting the worst type of abuse, including penetrative sexual activity involving children and adults and sadism or penetration by an animal.  58% of child sexual abuse images depict this level of abuse. (IWF, 2008)
  •  69% of all victims in child abuse images are between the ages of 0 and 10 years old. (IWF, 2008)
  •  In a study of arrested child pornography possessors, 40 percent had both sexually victimized children and were in possession of child pornography. Of those arrested between 2000 and 2001, 83 percent had images involving children between the ages 6 and 12; 39 percent had images of children between ages 3 and 5; and 19% had images of infants and toddlers under age 3 (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Child Pornography Possessors Arrested in Internet-Related Crimes: Findings fro the National Juvenile Online Victimization Study. 2005).

Your brain on porn:

  • further decline in dopamine levels
  • further decline in opioids and endorphins
  • drop-off in GABA, which is an anti-anxiety neurotransmitter
  • rise in brain stress hormones CRF and norepinephrine 
  • elevated dynorphin which inhibits dopamine and lowers your pleasure response
  • one week after quitting the reward center sprouts new nerve cell branches, which correlate with cravings to use
  • More sources on addiction to porn

Common porn addiction withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of libido (Can take days to manifest, and last a long time)

Adult (>18 years old) exposure to pornographic media is connected with:

  • Believing a rape victim enjoyed rape
  • Believing women suffer less from rape
  • Believing women in general enjoy rape
  • Believing a rape victim experienced pleasure and “got what she wanted”
  • Believing women make false accusations of rape
  • Believing rapist deserve less jail time
  • More acceptance of the rape myth
  • More acceptance of violence against women
  • More likely to go to a prostitute and to go more frequently
  • Increasing their estimates of how often people engage in sex with violence
  • More self-reported likelihood of forcing a women sexually
  • More self-reported likelihood of rape
  • Creating more sexually violent fantasies to get aroused
  • Engaging in more sexual harassment behaviors
  • More likelihood of forcing a woman sexually
  • More likelihood of future rape
  • Using physical coercion to have sex
  • Using verbal coercion to have sex
  • Using drugs and alcohol to sexually coerce women
  • Having engaged in rape
  • Having engaged in date rape
  • Having engaged in marital rape
  • Being an adult sex offender
  • Being a child molester
  • Being an incest offender
  • Engaging in sexual abuse of a battered spouse
  • More willingness to have sex with 13-14 year olds
  • More sexual attraction to children
  • Having sexually abused children

Life and death of a porn star:

If you don’t feel like reading:

Just links:

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Posted on Monday, March 17th 2014

José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013)

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"José brought to the academy an archive of film, art, and performance that still astonishes readers of his first book, Disidentifications (1999). And he interpreted this archive using a sturdy theoretical apparatus that was never directed toward its own legitimation, but was instead devoted to the value of queer and minoritarian life, and to the mourning of queer and minoritarian loss. For José, experimental art, performance, and poetry were keys to “the practice of survival.”

Full piece: http://artforum.com/passages/id=45540

Posted on Saturday, March 15th 2014

Source artforum.com

Hindsight

"Since the rise of adult films in the 70’s, it’s been a cruel joke on the culture to present these hostile, vindictive male fantasies as if they are the sum total of the human experience. But that’s pretty much what’s happened in the absence of a broader audience. The cultural sadness is that this one narrow point of view has dominated the whole of our sexual media.

Do angry men have a right to their fantasies? Of course they do. It’s not their fault that nobody else making sex movies has figured out how to make money showing a different point of view….I always thought that the preponderance of male domination was like the industry continuously shooting itself in the foot in terms of gaining any large-scale mainstream acceptance. It kept porn mired like a bad joke in the minor leagues. Common sense said that without a more balanced approach to human sexuality that would genuinely appeal to women, there would be no rise into respectability. How could there be? There was so little there to respect.”

From the Hindsight: True Love & Mischief in the Golden Age of Porn Paperback

Posted on Friday, March 14th 2014

soggysaguaro:

LOOK WHAT DEMPSEY GAVE ME FOR CHRISTMAS. I was on tumblr and I was like “oh man I want one so bad” and he didn’t really understand it but then HE WENT AND GOT ONE FOR ME. I can’t wait to get away from my family so I can wear it ALL THE TIME. Hooray for thoughtful, cliterate boyfriends and Sophia Wallace.

soggysaguaro:

LOOK WHAT DEMPSEY GAVE ME FOR CHRISTMAS. I was on tumblr and I was like “oh man I want one so bad” and he didn’t really understand it but then HE WENT AND GOT ONE FOR ME. I can’t wait to get away from my family so I can wear it ALL THE TIME. Hooray for thoughtful, cliterate boyfriends and Sophia Wallace.

Posted on Thursday, March 13th 2014

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