pornography

[COLUMN] The Gender Binary: TERFs, terms and conditions

Nadika on 4 Nov 2016
Is the internet a playground for sexual identities, or also where new sources of shame and anxiety are found? Nadika in this month's column explores the complexity of different online labels or identities, including that of shemale. She writes about the inspiring journeys of trans women, how they came to adopt or reject labels and identities, and their idea of transgender femininity. Through their activism and writing they have shown how trans identities are oppressed by patriarchy and global capitalism.

Feminist Principles of the Internet [2016]

APC on 3 Oct 2016
A feminist internet works towards empowering more women and queer persons – in all our diversities – to fully enjoy our rights, engage in pleasure and play, and dismantle patriarchy. This integrates our different realities, contexts and specificities – including age, disabilities, sexualities, gender identities and expressions, socioeconomic locations, political and religious beliefs, ethnic origins, and racial markers. The following key principles are critical towards realising a feminist internet.

Virtual reality pornography and tech-related violence against women: To boldly go have sex where no one has done it before!

Bianca Baldo on 4 Apr 2016
The impact of virtual reality porn is relatively unknown but it might be a game changer.

Porn. Panic. Ban.

Bishakha Datta on 29 May 2015
In India, both the legislature and the judiciary are considering bans on the consumption of online porn; one petition argues that porn increases violence against women without offering any evidence to that effect, another focuses on the “moral depravity and corruption” caused by porn. Do we seriously imagine that violence against women in India will go down by banning online porn? Talk about imagined harms again. And in Indonesia, LGBTIQ sites from the educational to the explicit are being banned in the name of porn, adversely affecting sexual expression and rights – and access to information vital to sexual health.

“Because of the internet, I have been able to help women in Pakistan,” says blogger

Rafia Shaikh on 1 Apr 2015
Sexual information is scarce or, worse, misinterpreted in most of the developing countries. Access to information is even more difficult in a predominantly Muslim country like Pakistan, where the culture makes any kind of sexual talk a taboo. In that environment, a Canadian-based Pakistani illustrator and blogger is trying to change the game.

APC launches "Feminist Principles of the Internet" at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

GenderIT.org on 3 Sep 2014
On 1 September 2014, APC launched the “Feminist Principles of the Internet” at the Sexual Rights Pre-Event of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

EROTICS, activism and feminist porn

Caroline Tagny on 27 Aug 2014
Caroline Tagny interviewed Rohini Lakshané, who used to work with EROTICS India, and Sheena Magenya, from the Coalition of African Lesbians during the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in April 2014 to ask them how they understand pornography from their respective contexts, and how do they engage their activism with the intersection between sexual rights and internet rights.

Peeping Tom Porn and Privacy

A couple makes out inside a cyber cafe cubicle in a city crunched for space and privacy. A woman bathes and changes clothes inside her hotel room. A honeymooning couple films its first time together, possibly to preserve the memories for a lifetime. All of them are oblivious to either being captured by hidden cameras or the possibility of their footage being leaked online. Voyeuristic websites and message boards and the ubiquitous mobile phone camera have ensured that Peeping Toms never run out of free, copious pornography.

Porn and Violence: Navigating the Grey Areas

Richa Kaul Padte on 26 Feb 2014
Some were uncomfortable with certain types and scales of violence being represented, such as rape porn or gang-rape porn. Others felt that was just fantasy. This is the first in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting explored the links between pornography, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech.

Pornographic Love

Richa Kaul Padte on 26 Feb 2014
Richa Kaul Padte explores Pornographic Love, one of the three websites that received a Feminist Porn Award in 2013, and asks the question: What makes this website different from mainstream porn portals?

Snippets from “Tangled, Like Wool”, New Delhi

on 31 Jan 2014
Point of View and CREA held “Tangled, Like Wool” a day-long meeting of activists, NGOs, researchers, bloggers, media persons and other stakeholders for exploring the links between pornography, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech, held on January 28, 2014 at New Delhi. It was the second meeting of the second phase of the EROTICS India project, the first being held in Mumbai in November 2013. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting took a comprehensive and multi-faceted look at the nuances of issues pertaining to online pornography in India. It was live-tweeted with the hashtag #EROTICSDel. EROTICS India meetings with the same or similar themes are scheduled to take place in Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

Sex work and the internet

Menaka Rao on 13 Jan 2014
Sex workers are increasingly using the Internet for finding business, organising themselves, and fighting for their rights. However, the online space is not without some of the hindrances of the offline one. This is the fifth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

Menaka Rao on 18 Dec 2013
This is the fourth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Feminist Porn: Re-imagining Parameters of Sex and Sexuality

Richa Kaul Padte on 9 Dec 2013
If you’re looking for porn where a scream of pleasure is actually pleasurable, you’ve come to the right place.

Of Porn, Morality and Censorship: A Perspective from India

Richa Kaul Padte on 10 Jul 2013
Filed in April 2013, a legal petition that calls for a ban on pornography on account of its linkage to sexual violence in India has raised several eyebrows and debates within the country. This piece written by Richa Kaul Padte explores the context for this proposed legislation, the social and legal cultures in which it sits, and its implications for internet censorship within India.
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