Feminists have long had issues with porn.

What kind of porn, you may ask? Pornographic novels? Nude portraiture? Gay porn?

No,  somewhat unsuprisingly, it’s mainstream porn aimed at heterosexual males!

It’s a fact that men are biologically more responsive to visual than literal material, and that women are more responsive to literal rather than visual stimulus. Hence, there are certain kinds of material that heterosexual males are naturally drawn to. So, if one siezes upon a certain kind of material and can speculate that it is harmful in some way, you have a very handy way of denigrating those who are attracted to it!

However, here feminism falls into two camps. The first group, who find porn aimed at heterosexual men ‘disempowering’, and the second group, who find participation in the sex industry ’empowering’.

This is where feminism trips itself up.

‘..but I thought we were about ‘equality’? Why can’t we participate in this and make some money?’

Those who would say this subscribe to the view that an expression of sexual power is also an expression of social power.

And so, the first camp make excuses for them.. they were forced into it by men! They entered the sex industry to boost their confidence after it was broken by men! Porn (..that heterosexual men like) is exploitative!

The truth is that the only person in the porn industry who is being ‘exploited’ is the person participating in it, if they were exploited at all!

Feminism has yet to produce a convincing study, even after 40 years of trying, that porn aimed at heterosexual men affects the way women are treated in society.

The first camp will make excuses and protest. The second camp will carry on regardless.

This is because people like porn, and there will always be a living in it for people who are prepared to participate. Exploitation of any kind is certainly wrong, but who in the western world really has no career options other than entering the sex industry?

If feminists are really concerned with humanitarian issues as they purport, and not concerned with creating mistrust and division between the sexes, wouldn’t these energies be better spent working with those who are working in prosititution rather than porn?

Perhaps by ensuring that they are safe?

Perhaps feminists could tackle the spiralling drug abuse that goes hand in hand with this?

Perhaps feminists could ensure that those working in prostitution are only those who choose to?

Of course, I am talking about those in the sex industry of both sexes from all levels of society – not just the female streetwalker, but the male escort and the gay male masseuse.

But then, how could you use that to demonise men?