Porn industry propaganda, the end of women, and cracking down on drag queen story hour protests
Here's what you may have missed at Feminist Current
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Here’s what you may have missed:
Netflix released a new documentary purporting to dig into allegations of trafficking and nonconsensual videos at Pornhub. Instead, Money Shot gave industry spokespeople, disguised as “sex workers,” control over the narrative resulting in an hour and a half of pro-industry propaganda. I followed up with Benjamin Nolot— the founder of Exodus Cry, one of the anti-trafficking organizations discussed in the documentary, who appeared on the Feminist Current podcast in October — and Alix Aharon — a porn researcher and co-founder of Partners for Ethical Care (PEC) who appeared on the podcast last month — in a YouTube live stream to further explore the angle and claims made in Money Shot.
In other coopting-of-feminism-for-anti-woman-purposes news, International Women’s Day came and went, and it turns out women are over. Ah well. We had a good run!
In the news:
The City of Calgary is asking council to approve a new “Safe and Inclusive Access Bylaw” which would ensure a 100-metre buffer zone be in place to stop protests against Drag Queen story hours.
TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney can’t figure out why people don’t want to date him as a “girl” after transitioning.
The Vermont Principals Association (VPA) banned a Vermont private school from participating in sports tournaments, after the school withdrew their girls basketball team from the Division IV state tournament, refusing to play against a trans-identified male on the opposing team.
Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek has been sold to a Canadian private equity firm called Ethical Capital Partners. The firm, which claims to specialize in tech opportunities that “require ethical leadership,” announced the acquisition on its website after the release of Money Shot.
Also, trans activists are weird.
Until next week!