Resist Porn Culture wrote in to the British High Commission in Zambia to ask how we could put pressure on the Zambian Government after they appointed a convicted rapist to be the Ambassador against Gender Based Violence.
We encouraged a number of individuals and groups to contact the Zambian government to let them know that this was utterly unacceptable.
We received confirmation that his position has now been revoked.
With thanks to all those who wrote in to defend the rights of women and girls to live free from sexual violence.
Dear Ms Taylor
I am writing to inform you that yesterday President Lungu revoked the appointment of Mr Clifford Dimba as an ambassador against Gender Based Violence. The President’s decision comes in the wake of fresh allegations of GBV against Mr Dimba. Mr Lungu was quoted in the local media as saying that he had hoped he [Mr Dimba] would use his special skills as a musician to campaign against GBV. Regretfully this proved not to be the case. The President also wrote to the UN Coordinator in Lusaka assuring her of his ‘unwavering personal commitment’ to the fight against GBV and the attainment of gender parity in general.
Deputy High Commissioner
British High Commission
MSPs have backed plans for a new offence to address the “enormously hurtful and humiliating” impact of so-called revenge porn.
Holyrood’s Justice Committee has supported the general principles of the Scottish Government’s Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill, which aims to improve how the justice system responds to abuse, harassment and sexual harm …
‘On the 18th of January several hundred feminists gathered to denounce the events of Cologne, and of other cities in Germany and Europe.
This kind of collective sexual assaults of women is similar to what happened in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, it is a form of terrorism against women’s body. A way of saying : “You have nothing to do in public space”!’
La Ligue Du Droit International des Femmes
‘In the future perhaps we will marvel at how, in the early 21st century, we allowed an industry to shape our imaginations for profit, and invested pornography as ‘key’ not only to the desiring self but to freedom. As with previous attitudes (e.g. opposition to women’s right to vote) which seemed rational at the time but which we now repudiate as culturally normative and antithetical to women’s equality and full personhood, let’s hope we consign today’s pornography to a culturally specific, shameful and ugly patriarchal past. Bring it on!’
‘The now utterly conventional slur made by many pornography advocates is that feminists who raise critical voices about pornography are “anti-sex” and allied with the patriarchal and/or religious right wing. This ad hominem argument, which has been hegemonic since the early 1990s, is reductionist, misleading, and functions as a form of silencing. It inverts the central feminist claim that freedom lies in deconstructing and destabilizing the patriarchal, religious, and heteronormative discursive practices that have constituted men and women as gendered, sexual subjects.’
Whether pornography consumption is a reliable correlate of sexually aggressive behavior continues to be debated. Meta-analyses of experimental studies have found effects on aggressive behavior and attitudes. That pornography consumption correlates with aggressive attitudes in naturalistic studies has also been found. Yet, no meta-analysis has addressed the question motivating this body of work: Is pornography consumption correlated with committing actual acts of sexual aggression? 22 studies from 7 different countries were analyzed. Consumption was associated with sexual aggression in the United States and internationally, among males and females, and in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Associations were stronger for verbal than physical sexual aggression, although both were significant. The general pattern of results suggested that violent content may be an exacerbating factor.
Resist Porn Culture comment to follow …
RPC is fully in support of the Government’s strategic push to legislate that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide robust age restrictions to accessing pornography.
At the moment ISPs have now voluntarily agreed to provide home network filters which are pre-selected to be on (pre-ticked unless an adult turns them off) on all new broadband accounts . Once the filters are installed they will cover any device covered to the home internet account, and can only be changed by the account holder. However the government launched a consultation in the autumn of 2015 to seek views on how best to introduce measures that will further restrict under 18s’ access to pornography websites. ISPs will be given an opportunity to develop proposals that will block content through payment providers and other means . The consultation will also consider the best form of legislation if voluntary agreements don’t work. The government has suggested a regulatory approach could see primary legislation introduced to make it an offence in the UK to publish pornography online without age verification controls, possibly with a regulator to oversee and enforce controls (see:link)
RPC supports these government initiatives, and awaits the results of the consultation. In doing so RPC has no allegiance to right wing views on adult or children’s sexuality. We argue a free and open internet is vital in a liberal democracy; however the internet is a social space, and, just like all other social spaces in liberal democratic society, it should be subject to legal restrictions so that a balance can be struck between freedom and the responsibility to protect women and children from harm (See:link).