By Janice Williams
I am delighted that this nasty poster at buggy eye-level in my local shopping centre is being withdrawn by Macmillan because of the complaints about it, largely from you all, so big thanks.
It took a while to explain to Macmillan the breadth of porn culture, and how a little girl being abused using ‘Lads Mags’ could see this and feel that nowhere was safe, how the mags objectify women and portray us as always available for sex with men, how the small ads portray schoolgirl sex, and older women willing to ‘take anyone’, as well as the chat lines where women will pretend to be little girls to help a paedophile get his rocks off. Finally I had to say that if we didn’t live in a world with a high rape rate, a low rape conviction rate, high domestic and sexual violence, and thousands of girls across the country being groomed and raped by men old enough to know better, then this ad wouldn’t seem such a problem. But sadly we do, and that is why no charity should validate porn culture – because the consequences are so horrendous. Thanks to Anna North for digging up this article ‘Can you tell the difference between a man’s magazine and a rapist?‘ which I had forgotten about.