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The Way to Fix the Pornography Industry’s Rape Problem is to Abolish Pornography

In late June 2020, notorious pornography performer Ron Jeremy was charged with four counts of rape. Since then over two dozen more accusations against him have emerged. He is not alone in being called out in the pornography industry, as numerous other charges of misconduct perpetrated by men in the industry have come to light…

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Pornhub’s Darkly Ironic Claims About Racism and Social Injustice

As we have stated, “Addressing sexual exploitation means addressing racism and the systems that allow oppression and marginalization to continue.” In the continuing conversation about race and sexual exploitation, it would be impossible to stay silent about the largest internet pornography provider: Pornhub. In response to recent events, including protests for racial justice in all…

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The Long Racism of the Sex Industry

The sex trade is a haven for racial violence in this country. It violates the most basic human rights of women and girls of color, largely with impunity, as it has for centuries.  Under chattel slavery in the antebellum South, enslaved black women were commonly raped by their owners and owners’ friends.  Sometimes they were…

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Mitigating the Public Harms of Pornography in Africa – The Way Forward

The breakthrough made by the Internet in fostering education and development in Africa is astounding. To a great extent the Internet has spurred the continent to follow the march of progress being pursued by the rest of the world. By and large, it has facilitated access to information, education, and communication with ease. Nevertheless, it…

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No, Pornography Is Not Feminist.

Is there any kind of pornography that is congruent with feminism? Is it possible for pornography to be feminist? In spite of the research and data that provide a resounding “no,” some porn apologists still attempt to say otherwise. “Any kind of porn can be feminist if everyone involved is having a good time,” one…

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It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Steam is Still Selling Sexual Assault Games

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is an important awareness campaign highlighting the prevalance of sexual assault in our society. Here at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, not only do we recognize sexual assault and violence as a pervasive problem but we also recognize that pornography and pop culture – whether in the…

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The Dangers of “Sugar Dating” Exposed by College Student

A college student from Tulane University shares her story about how she has seen firsthand how pervasive the misinformation about “sugar dating” is and how she has taken action on her campus and in her peer groups to spread the truth about the harms inherent to “sugaring” a.k.a. sugar baby and sugar daddy “relationships.” Learn…

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Steam “Family View” Safety Features Fail to Protect Kids from Rape Video Games

Steam is a popular gaming platform with over 90 million active users, selling many popular and indie games that range from action, strategy, adventure, and more. Millions of these users are minors. Steam was also named to our 2019 Dirty Dozen List. Why? The platform also has hundreds of games that promote gratuitous sexual content,…

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The Bitter Truth About Sugar Dating 

By Tamar Arenson In a generation of swiping right, sexting and redefined relationships, Sugar Dating has emerged as the new frontier for relationships. Described as mutually beneficial and an exercise of agency for women, Sugar Dating is marketed as relationships in which young, attractive women can meet “experienced men” who will provide everything from mentorship…

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Student Debt Is Being Weaponized to Entice College Students Into Sugar Dating

By Tamar Arenson The tragic death of college student Mackenzie Lueck exemplifies the ever-increasing dangers of the sugar dating world. Mackenzie, a student at the University of Utah, was involved in the sugar dating world and had written in posts online that she had profiles on Tinder and SeekingArrangement in which she had explicitly stated…

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