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Gloria Steinem Quotes on Pornography, Erotica, Sex Trafficking, Rape, Violence Against Women and Related Issues (As well as short excerpts of her writing, speeches and interviews on these issues.)

 

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“Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.”

Gloria Steinem

"For most people the greatest barrier to opposing pornography is the ignorance of what is in it."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"White women are subject to sadism and Black women are subject to sadism and compared to animals in these hideously explicit visuals."

Gloria Steinem, "Gloria Steinem Speaks Out on Violent Porn," an editorial report from Wise Women's Web, 1997

"How long before women and men of all races can oppose pornography, and be taken as seriously as Jews who oppose Nazi imagery, blacks who oppose racist imagery, or anyone who opposes depictions of hate and degradation that are not sexualized?"

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Whatever the gender of the participants, all pornography is an imitation of the male-female, conqueror-victim paradigm, and almost all of it actually portrays or implies enslaved women and masterful male."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Making women seem anti-sex and joyless if we want the right to be sexual without being humiliated or hurt, and making men seem wimpy and undersexed if they prefer cooperation to domination, is clearly the tactic of choice for isolating anybody who tries to separate sexuality from violence and domination -- which is a challenge to male dominance at its heart."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Looking at... instances of anti-woman warfare led us directly to the propaganda that teaches and legitimizes them -- pornography.  For the same reasons that we had begun to differentiate rape from sex, we realized that we must find some way of separating pornographic depictions of sex as an anti-woman weapon from those images of freely chosen, mutual sexuality."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"These are typical images: women with breasts so dangerously enlarged by implants that they can no longer lie down or walk normally; female bodies turned into meat market parts by gags, bonds, and masks; young girls with tear tracks in their make-up as they experience "pleasure" in their humiliation; women chained with their legs apart while bottles and rods are forced up their vaginas; girls who smile, apparently on drugs, as their nipples and labia are pierced by needles; children being penetrated orally and anally in "how-to" manuals of child abuse; women screaming in pain as they are strung up on harnesses and penetrated by animals or dildos; adult males with little boys playing the "female" role as their bodies are painfully invaded; even very realistic scenes of evisceration and murder."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Pornography is about dominance and often pain. Erotica is about mutuality and always pleasure. Any man able to empathize with women can easily tell the difference by looking at a photograph or film and putting himself in the woman's skin."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"There are times when a woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual."

Gloria Steinem to Hugh Hefner, while interviewing him in 1970 for the McCall's Magazine article "What Playboy Doesn't Know about Women Could Fill a Book"

"When we protest against pornography and educate others about it... we are strengthening the First Amendment by exercising it. ...None of (the measures suggested by feminists) keeps material from being published: "prior restraint," in the terms of censorship law.  Most just require that those responsible for pornography no longer be immune from prosecution for crimes committed during its production and distribution."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"(Pornography) has nothing to do with sex, with love, with erotica. It is violence.  And in most of the cases of rapists and child abusers who have been questioned, they have said very clearly that they were practicing what they had seen demonstrated in pornography."

Gloria Steinem, Television interview during march on Times Square by Women Against Pornography, 1979

"Erotica is as different from pornography as love is from rape, as dignity is from humiliation, as partnership is from slavery, as pleasure is from pain."

Gloria Steinem

""The People vs. Larry Flynt" claims that the creator of Hustler magazine is a champion of the First Amendment, deserving our respect. That isn't true. Let's be clear: a pornographer is not a hero, no more than a publisher of Ku Klux Klan books or a Nazi on the Internet."

Gloria Steinem, "Hollywood Cleans Up Hustler," New York Times Op-Ed, Jan. 1997

"Pornography is a marketing device for sex trafficking: It normalizes degradation and violence as acceptable and even inevitable parts of sex, and uses the bodies of real women and children as objects. The difference between pornography and erotica is clear in the roots of the words themselves -- porne means females slaves, eros means love -- so pornography, like rape, is about violence and domination, not sex. Millions of lives depend on our ability to separate pornography from erotica, and to disentangle violence from sexuality."

Gloria Steinem, 2006

"Depictions of mutual pleasure and the sexualization of equality are so rare that pornographers seem to have the franchise on sex. They can get away with claiming that to oppose pornography is to oppose sex. Every time we talk about "sex-drugs-and-violence" as if it were one entity, we strengthen their claim that sex is intrinsically violent."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"We know that... racist propaganda precedes and justifies the racist acts of pogroms and lynchings.  We know that watching a violent film makes test subjects more likely to condone violence, to be willing to perpetrate it themselves, and to believe the victim must deserve such treatment.  Why is the propaganda of sexual aggression against women of all races the one form of group hatred in which the "conventional wisdom" sees no danger?  Why is pornography the only media violence that is supposed to be a "safety valve" to satisfy aggressiveness somewhere short of acting it out?"

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"If you have two groups of people and you say one is inferior to the other, which is a lie, then the only way to maintain the lie is through violence or the threat of violence. So where men and women come together most intimately in sexuality in the home has become suffused with violence. We have to disentangle sexuality and violence. We have to say no. Rape is not sex; it's violence, which I think we know now. We have to say pornography is not erotica, porn means female slavery. It means the depiction of female slavery."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"The problem is that there is so much pornography. This underground stream of anti-woman propaganda has existed in all male-dominated societies, but mass communication, profiteering corporations, and a backlash against female equality have now turned it into an inescapable flood in our streets and theaters and even our homes.  Perhaps that's useful in the long run.  Women can no longer pretend that pornography does not exist.  We must either face our own humiliation and torture every day on magazine covers and television screens, or fight back."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"We really need to look deeply at the demand and see what it is that has conned men against their own self-interest into believing that domination and conquering is a normal part and a desirable part of sexuality, rather than equality and cooperation.  We need to sexualize equality and cooperation, or eroticize it, rather than domination."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"Pornography could probably serve as sex-aversion therapy for most women; yet many men and some psychologists continue to call women prudish, anti-sex, or generally uptight if they are not turned on by their own domination. The same men would be less likely to argue that anti-Semetic and racist literature was okay because it gave them pleasure. The problem is that the degradation of women of all races is still thought to be normal.  A male dominant system teaches men that dominance over women is normal -- and that's just what pornography does."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"(Violence against women) is just not taken seriously by society, and pornography justifies it. Much of what goes on television and rock lyrics and illustrations of record jackets and so on, justifies it and makes it seem alright. Sadomasochism -- which we know very well doesn't exist in societies that don't have child abuse -- is regarded as some sort of natural sexual expression."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"Why has separating pornography from erotica turned out to be even more difficult than separating rape from sex, sexual harassment from mutual attraction, and other efforts to separate violence and dominance from sex?  I think most of the answer lies in the billions of dollars being made by a multinational pornography industry on everything from movies, videos, comic books, porn magazines, CD-ROMs, and video games to the live sex shows, child prostitution, sex tourism, and the sexual slave trade of "throwaway" children and imported women who are also used in pornography."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Obviously, untangling sex from aggression -- from violence or the threat of it -- is going to take a very long time. And the process is going to be greatly resisted as a challenge to the very heart of male dominance and male centrality."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"It's almost come to the point where the best way to protect a crime is to photograph it and sell it as pornography.  The surest way to be condemned as a censor is to suggest that a crime sold as pornography should be prosecuted like any other."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"There's hardly a newsstand without women's bodies in chains and bondage, in full labial display for the conquering male viewer, bruised or on our knees, screaming in real or pretended pain, pretending to enjoy what is hurting and killing us. The same images are in mainstream movie theaters and respectable hotel rooms via closed-circuit TV for the traveling businessmen. They are brought into our own homes not only in magazines, but on videocassettes and on cable TV channels."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"It is a drug, an obsession with masculinity, that is so clear in terrorism, and it is so clear in sex trafficking and prostitution.  The men who go to prostitutes are men who believe they can't function unless they're in control, unless they're dominating. That is what it's about.  The degree of prostitution is in inverse proportion to the degree of equality. The more equality there is between men and women, the less prostitution there is. The more inequality there is, the more prostitution there is."

Gloria Steinem, Talk to the Chicago Foundation for Women, 2009

"Pornography comes from the Greek root porne (harlot, prostitute, or female captive) and graphos (writing about or description of). Thus, it means a description of either the purchase of sex, which implies an imbalance of power in itself, or sexual slavery. This definition includes, and should include, all such degradation, regardless of whether it is females who are the slaves and males who are the captors or the rare examples that are vice versa."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Blatant or subtle, pornography involves no equal power or mutuality. In fact, much of the tension and drama comes from the clear idea that one person is dominating the other."

Gloria Steinem

"As men no longer can dominate and have to find an identity that doesn't depend on superiority, they also discover that cooperation is more interesting than submission, that empathy with their sex partner increases their own pleasure, and that anxieties about their ability to "perform" tend to disappear along with stereotyped ideas about masculinity."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"It's only going to work if we stop eroticizing domination altogether.  It's also true that the most frequent place that a woman is beaten and killed is in her own home by someone who she is married to or loves. ... We need to look at it in our own lives and not perpetuate violence."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"It's not true, however, that pornography is a private concern.  If it were just a matter of men making male supremacist literature in their own basements to assuage their own sexual hang-ups, there would be sorrow and avoidance among women, but not the anger, outrage, and fear produced by being confronted with the preaching of sexual fascism on our newsstands, movie screens, television sets, and public streets."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"I think we understand things like the Stockholm syndrome better when it is a well-educated white political prisoner. But somehow when it's a sweatshop or a brothel we say: "Why don't they escape?" 

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"If distribution (of pornography) were limited -- or, worst of all, if pornography were to become less tolerated and popular -- this biggest of all growth industries would shrink. That's why anti-pornography protests are so much more likely to be condemned as threats to the First Amendment -- even if they are actually strengthening it by using free speech -- than are similar protests against Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, and other less profitable forms of hate literature."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"The feminist movement has been fairly successful in pointing out that rape is not sex, that rape is violence, and that sexual harassment in the workplace is not about sex, but about power. But that's like talking about the corner store when you are talking about hardcore pornography industrialists. I find, and many activists find, you can talk about anything in this country, we can talk about the president, you can say anything about almost any other center of power, but uniquely, if we talk about pornography we are called censors."

Gloria Steinem, "Gloria Steinem Speaks Out on Violent Porn," an editorial report from Wise Women's Web, 1997

"Of course, the notion that enjoying pornography makes it okay is a popular male idea.  From Kinsey forward, research has confirmed that the purchasers of pornography are almost all males, and that the majority of men are turned on by it, while the majority of women find it angering, humiliating, and not a turn on at all."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Trafficking in people is bigger than it's ever been. Slavery is bigger now than it was in the 1800s, and more profitable. The estimated profits from it are bigger than that from the illegal arms trade. Because of globalization, the Internet, the increased inequity between nations, and between rich and poor, ease of travel -- all of those things have made slavery much easier, more profitable, and much more prevalent."

Gloria Steinem, "Activists Urge New York State to Pass Anti-Human Trafficking Law," Voice of America, 2007

"Though both erotica and pornography usually refer to verbal or pictorial representations of sexual behavior, they are as different as a room with doors open from one with doors locked.  The first might be a home, but the second could only be a prison."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Just as there are people so rooted in race or class systems that it feels like "home," there are some sex workers and others for whom prostitution and pornography have an unchosen power."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"There is even role-reversal pornography, with a woman whipping or punishing a man, though it's significant that this genre seems to be created by men for their own pleasure, not by or for women, and allows men to pretend to be victims -- but without real danger."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"We've learned more about the clear linkage between a society's degree of child abuse and its degree of adult sado-masochism. Many people grow up with the conviction that pain and humiliation are an inevitable part of love and intimacy."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"It starts with the slippery slope of the supposition that gender and sexual relations between men and women are dominant passive. That's the beginning of it. Because that's not true. So, you know, it condones domination by saying that. And then it goes all the way up the scale to beatings, torture, murder. You can hardly open a newspaper today without seeing that a woman has been killed by a man for clearly gender-related reasons."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"In much of (pornography), the difference in power between victim and victimizer is made greater by an added difference of race, class, age, or degree of vulnerable nudity."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Women who feel endangered by seeing ourselves as the victims, and men who feel demeaned by seeing themselves as victimizers, have a long struggle ahead.  In fact, pornography in some form will continue as long as boys are raised to believe they must control or conquer women as proof of their "masculinity," and as long as society rewards men who believe that their success or even functioning -- in sex as in other areas of life -- depends on women's subservience."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"We have to stop talking about how many women are raped, and we have to talk about how many men rape. We use these passive verbs all the time as if it happened by magic. Someone did it. And we have to identify that someone. And everything we know tells us that they only begin to take it seriously when there are very serious consequences for their acts."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"Though much concern about censorship is sincere -- the result of false reports that feminist anti-pornography campaigns were really calling for censorship and prior restraint -- much of this seems to be a cover for the preservation of the pornographic status quo by a left/right coalition that is dependent on this huge industry, whether psychologically or financially."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Deep Throat has popularized a whole new genre of pornography. Added to all the familiar varieties of rape, there is now the ambition to rape the throat. Porn novels treat this theme endlessly. Some emergency room doctors believe that victims of suffocation are on the increase."

Gloria Steinem, "The Real Linda Lovelace," a chapter from her book "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions"

"But at least now we have words to describe our outrage, and to separate sex from aggression.  We have the courage to demonstrate publicly against pornography, to throw its magazines and films out of our houses, to boycott its purveyors, even to take friends and family members who support it as seriously as we would if they were supporting and enjoying Nazi literature or the teachings of the Klan."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"(Violence against women) certainly is the major cause of physical and psychological injury to women. The most dangerous place for a woman statistically speaking is not in the street. It's in her own home. She's most likely to be attacked by a man with whom she lives. It's the trauma of it we're just beginning to realize."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"This confusion of sex with violence is most obvious in any form of sadomasochism.  The inability to empathize with the "opposite sex" has become so great that a torturer or even murderer may actually believe pain or loss of life to be the natural fate of the victims; and the victim may have been so deprived of self respect or positive human contact that she expects pain or loss of freedom as the price of any intimacy or attention at all."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Slavery really doesn't include the realistic possibility of escape. People are found chained to beds in brothels in Times Square. People are found chained or locked into sweatshops in California. What they have is bare subsistence and their life expectancy is usually not too great, and really very limited possibility of escaping."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"If Nazi propaganda that justified the torture and killing of Jews were the theme of half of our most popular movies and magazines, would we not be outraged?  If Ku Klux Klan propaganda that preached and glamorized the enslavement of blacks were the subject of much praised "classic" novels, would we not protest?"

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"And of course prostitution is not present in every society, don't let them tell you that. And it creates the market for sex trafficking. There are now, counting labor and trafficking, there are now more enslaved people in this world than there were in the 1800s.  Because  transportation is so much easier and it's a reusable resource, human beings."

Gloria Steinem, Talk to the Chicago Foundation for Women, 2009

"Even video games offer such features as a smiling, rope-bound woman and a male figure with an erection, the game's object being to rape the woman as many times as possible. (Like much of pornography, that game is fascist on racial grounds as well as sexual ones.  The smiling woman is an Indian maiden, the rapist is General Custer, and the game is called "Custer's Revenge.")

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Prostitution and sex trafficking have always been enormous at all times. About 80% of all slaves are female, for that reason. We have the political ability to deal with this, but it's going to take a lot of pressure. Just as it did take a lot of pressure to get England ultimately to use its ships to suppress the slave trade, to get our own governments and our own state governments to create laws against human trafficking and to enforce them, is going to take a lot of our individual efforts."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"There are a few well-meaning women who are both turned on by pornography and angered that other women are not. Some of their anger is misunderstanding: objections to pornography are not condemnations of women who have been raised to believe sex and domination are synonymous, for we have all internalized some degree of sexism and are struggling to dig it out."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"That would be the greatest celebration, if we stopped behaving as if (violence against women) were a woman's problem. I mean crime is not the problem of the victim, the victim didn't create the crime. And that's true in this case as well. It is the men who are doing the raping. We have to attend to this in the next twenty years."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"Feminist groups are not arguing for censorship of pornography through prior restraint, just as we are not arguing that Nazi literature or racist propaganda of the Ku Klux Klan cannot be published. ... Censorship in itself.. might only drive pornography into more underground activity and, were it to follow the pattern of drug traffic, into even more profitability.  Most important, the First Amendment is part of a statement of individual rights against government intervention that feminism seeks to expand, not contract."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Any ill that affects the world at large tends to affect females more, whether it's illiteracy or poverty. Slavery or human trafficking is 80% female. Whatever is bad for women turns out to be bad for men too in the end."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"The last screening of a snuff movie showing a real murder was traced to the monthly pornographic film showings of a senior partner in a respected New York law firm; an event regularly held by him for a group of friends, including other lawyers and judges.  One who was present reported that many were "embarrassed" and "didn't know what to say."  But not one man was willing to object, much less to report this evidence of murder to the police."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn't exist in every culture. There are tribal and less patriarchal cultures in which there is very little violence, or in which the violence is almost equal, you know, especially among boys and girls. But in any case, there is no organized violence. There is no frequency of rape and so on. So it can't be biological. It has to be social."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"The arguments against taking on pornography seem suspiciously like the virgin-whore divisions that have been women's only choices in the past. The right wing says all that is not virginal or motherly is pornographic, and thus they campaign against sexuality and nudity in general. The left wing says all sex is good as long as it's male-defined, and thus they campaign to protect it."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"We now understand, for instance, that rape is about violence, not about sex.  I think the country has absorbed that.  And indeed in most rapes there is not even a completed sexual act at all.  It has to do with getting hooked on domination and feeling that one is not really masculine somehow unless one is dominant. One needs a fix of domination."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"Until we finally end the male dominance that has equated sexuality with violence and aggression, there will be more pornography in our lives and less erotica.  There will be little murders in our beds -- and very little love."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Sexuality is so intertwined with domination/submission that we may have to try one other reversal in order to see what's happening here.  Imagine the works by Marquis de Sade if they portrayed torturers as white and the tortured as black, or all the victims as Jews and all the victimizers as Aryans. Would such ideas be so accepted as beginning "in the mother's womb"? 

(The above is a footnote referring to the Freudian theory that sadomasochistic desires supposedly begin in the womb.)

Gloria Steinem, "What If Freud Were Phyllis?", a chapter from her book "Moving Beyond Words: Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender"

"Being turned on by a rape fantasy is not the same as wanting to be raped.  As Robin Morgan has pointed out, the distinguishing feature of a fantasy is that the fantasizer herself is in control.  (Both men and women have "ravishment" fantasies in which we are passive while others act out our unspoken wishes -- but they are still our wishes.)""

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"50% of slaves in the world are children."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"(Pornography) is the industry in which organized crime has been most successful in going "legitimate," even in being defended by civil liberties groups to which pornographers contribute. Just by prosecuting crimes already committed in the making of pornography -- from beatings and imprisonments like those described in the essay on Linda Lovelace, to the abduction and rape of children -- we could make profiteering in this business far more risky."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"It's unlikely that even a masochist expects death, yet "snuff" movies and much current pornographic literature insist that a slow death from sexual torture is the final orgasm and ultimate pleasure.  Of course, it's a form of "suicide" reserved for women.  Though men in fact are far more more likely to kill themselves, male suicide is almost never presented as sexually pleasurable."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"Slavery doesn't work without consumers. And the consumer has to harden his or her heart against all empathy with another human being in order to be a slave holder."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"(Pornography) is a multi-billion-dollar industry, which involves the making of public policy, if only to decide whether, as is now the case, crimes committed in the manufacture and sale of pornography will continue to go largely unprosecuted.  Zoning regulations on the public display of pornography are not enforced, the sexual slavery and exploitation of children used in pornography go unpunished, the forcible use of teenage runaways is ignored by police, and even the torture and murder of prostitutes for men's sexual titillation is obscured by some mitigating notion that the women asked for it."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"(Sex trafficking) is growing because it's so profitable. There's much more likelihood of prosecution if you're selling arms or drugs. But it happens that trafficking in people is more profitable. The average profit per trafficked person is about $10,000 because the price of purchasing and maintaining a person is actually less great than dealing in arms or in drugs."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"There is also homosexual pornography in which a man plays the "feminine" role of victim."

Gloria Steinem, "Erotica vs. Pornography," a chapter from "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"The answer to pornography lies not only in exposing it as an institution, but making sure that individuals who are drawn to it, but who are not hurting others, don’t feel condemned. It’s partly the feeling of being personally accused that has caused some women, including some feminists, to defend pornography."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"When it happens to women it's called culture. When it happens to men it's called politics. The very definition of slavery owes something to the fact that men were suffering too and therefore there was a greater degree of empathy.  Obviously it's wrong when it happens to anyone, male or female."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"It comes in a very deep sense from teaching men to dominate. If you're going to have a male dominant system, to maintain the system, you have to teach men to dominate. So they come to believe that at a minimum, control is part of masculinity. And some men really, not through their own fault, got born into this culture too, but they get hooked on violence and control as a kind of drug, you know, so that if you talk to men who have been violent against women in their lives, they will speak about it almost like an addiction. I needed a fix, you know, I didn't feel like a real man. She was daring to not have the dinner ready on time, whatever it was that made him feel even marginally out of control, then causes him to respond with violence."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"Because we don't have... laws against human trafficking, it's frequently true that the police are not educated enough to know that this is not a prostitute one should jail but a victim of human trafficking who cannot possibly say that in the presence of her captors whose children may be captive by him. We need to be able to recognize this degree of slavery."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"I can’t tell you how surrealistic it is to find myself and others called “puritanical”, “the new Victorians”, or “anti-sex” for the same views that got us condemned as “sexual libertarians” and “immoral women” until a few years ago. Women and men who oppose pornography for its normalizing of violence will have to fight hard if we’re going to avoid the suffragists’ fate of being recorded in history as boring, asexual bluestockings."

Gloria Steinem, Preface of "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions" (2nd ed., 1995)

"We need to stop raising boys to think that they need to prove their masculinity by being controlling or by not showing emotion or by not being little girls."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

"You know the people I get who write me who understand (rape and sexual exploitation) the best are men in prison. They write me and they say "OK. I get it now. I understand that body invasion, that rape, that forced prostitution, I understand that body invasion is a different magnitude of crime. Getting beaten up is terrible. Having your own body invaded is something even more long-lasting.  But we can escape these old hierarchies together, if we name them, if we connect them, and if we understand."

Gloria Steinem, Talk to the Chicago Foundation for Women, 2009

"We have to look at who creates the market: Who are those UN officials who are in Haiti who are using children sexually? We have to punish them.  We have to look at the demand, not just the supply....  It is rape to have sexual assault, to have sex with a child and to have unwelcome sex with anybody. So it is a long-term solution which includes economics, but goes deeper than economics so that we raise our sons without this notion that they have to dominate in order to be masculine."

Gloria Steinem, Interview with OnPointRadio.org about human trafficking, sexual slavery, and the book for which she wrote the preface, "Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery," 2006

"You know, we have to imagine change before we can begin to move toward it. Then we also need to not only stand at the side of the river bend and rescue the people who are drowning, which is crucial, which is why we so badly need much more money spent on programs that aid victims of domestic violence and rape and so on. But some of us also need to go to the head of the river and see why people are falling in. You know, that has to do with boys being taught that it's masculine to be dominant and girls being taught that it's feminine to be dominated or to be passive."

Gloria Steinem, Interview from PBS documentary "No Safe Place: Violence Against Women," 1998

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For more quotes from Gloria Steinem, on feminism and related issues, please see our page of other Gloria Steinem quotes. Click here.

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SOURCES OF QUOTES AND EXCERPTS ON THIS PAGE:

Articles, essays, and text interviews:

  • "The Real Linda Lovelace"  - An essay by Gloria Steinem on the abuse of Linda Boreman, (a.k.a. Linda Lovelace), the infamous pornography performer who was forced at gunpoint to participate in the filming of "Deep Throat."

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  • Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions - Contains a chapter about the differences between pornography and erotica, "Erotica Vs. Pornography," a chapter about Gloria's experiences going undercover to write a story being a Playboy bunny in a Playboy Club, "I Was a Playboy Bunny," and a chapter about the true story of abuse of "Deep Throat" pornography actress Linda Lovelace, (real name Linda Marciano, née Boreman), "The Real Linda Lovelace."

Videos and an audio interview:

Note: All of the below videos and the audio interview can be found on our main page about Gloria Steinem. Please click here.

  • Videos:

1) Gloria Steinem speaking out against the harms of pornography during a march on New York's Times Square by Women Against Pornography in 1979.

2) Gloria giving a talk to the Chicago Foundation for Women in which she addresses prostitution and trafficking and what is behind men's demand for them.

  • An audio interview from OnPointRadio.org of Gloria Steinem speaking out against human trafficking and sexual slavery.

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RESOURCES, FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS AND ALLIES:

NOTE: All those marked with * are friends, subscribers or followers of AntiPornography.org at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or one of our other social networking websites, or have demonstrated support for our work otherwise, such as providing content for this website or linking to us or to one of our blogs and/or social networking projects. Also please note that the below list is a work in progress and that it is not complete. Please share any errors, omissions or suggestions here. Thank you!


WOMEN AND GIRLS FOCUSED RESOURCES:  

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ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY ORGANIZATIONS GROUPS AND WEBSITES:  

*Culture Reframed      Pornography FAQ      *ResistPorn Culture (UK)     No Porn Pledge     *Against Pornography

*Anti-Porn Feminists (Anti-Porn London)    Men Against Porn / Prostitution / Patriarchy     *The Violence of Pornography (Graphic) 

  *No Porn Northampton    Playboy: Talkin' Trash     *Girls Against Porn      Bin the Bunny      Stop Patriarchy

*JoinPornBusters YouTube Channel    The Price of Pleasure Documentary Film Website  

*Come Back From Your Fantasy (Sex-Positive Anti-Porn Feminist Tumblr, by young feminist Kelsey Ruane)

*Make Love Not Porn (Not technically anti-porn but shows differences of porn vs. real life.)

Somebody's Daughter   *Fight the New Drug  *pornTRUTH   

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'ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY ACTIVIST INDIVIDUALS, AUTHORS AND FILMMAKERS:  
 
 
 
 

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ANTI-PROSTITUTION/TRAFFICKING/SEXUAL EXPLOITATION/ABUSE SITES, ETC:
 
 
The above channels are AntiPornography.org pjts with MANY videos & helpful resources! 
 
 
 

Polaris Project     Breaking Free     SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation)  

The Lola Green Baldwin Foundation    Stop Demand Foundation  Genderberg

*SCASE (Scottish Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation)    Our Voices Matter   

*CAASE  (Chicago Coalition against Sexual Exploitation)  StopTraffickingDemand.com

*BSCC (Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition)  Beauty from Ashes   *Not for Sale Campaign 

New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition   Coalition for Action on Sexism and True Equality

*Is There Something I Can Do?  *StAT (Stand Against Trafficking)  *Stop Slavery Here

*Artists United for Social Justice  Freedom & Justice Center (For Prostitution Resources)

Donna M. Hughes, PhD  (Dignity List)   Chicago Coalition for the Homeless  

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault    Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

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FEMINIST, WOMEN & GIRLS ADVOCATE ORGANIZATIONS & GROUPS, ETC:

*Equality Now    *The F-Word    *Off Our Backs     *Women for Women International

     *Global Fund for Women  *London Feminist Network  *Feminist.com

*The National Organization for Women (NOW)    Feminist Majority Foundation  (FMF)

*Feminist Campus   Ms. Magazine  *Safe World 4 Women   *Women's Law Society

*WomensLaw.org   *U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues  

*SIGI.org  *GlobalSister.org  FeministGifts.com  *The Date Safe Project  *VAWNet  

*No Statute of Limitations   *RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) 

*The National Domestic Violence Hotline  *Guard Yourself Now  *UK Feminista

Chicago Foundation for Women    *The Women's Media Center  The F-Files

*Free Girl Foundation  *Girls Fight Back   *The Girl Effect   *Girls for Gender Equity   

*Girl Fest Hawaii   *Rain & Thunder    Daughters of the Sun - A Youth Leader Project

*Biting Beaver  *No Excuses / No Mercy   *RadFem Hub
 
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MEN AGAINST SEXISM, VIOLENCE, SEXUAL EXPLOITATION  & ABUSE, ETC.

NOMAS (National Organization of Men Against Sexism )    *Men Can Stop Rape     *My Strength Campaign  

*Men Stopping Violence      *A Call to Men UK       *The White Ribbon Campaign (CA)  

  *Reclaiming Sex From XXX       *Byron Hurt       Jackson Katz   

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MEDIA, FREE SPEECH, & OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, GROUPS & SITES:

 *Media Education Foundation Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press

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MESSAGE BOARDS AND FORUMS FOR HELP, INFORMATION & SUPPORT:

There are MANY anti-porn groups and pages at Facebook.
 
Just search GROUPS and PAGES for "anti-porn," "antiporn," "anti-pornography" & "antipornography" and similar terms.
 
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FAMILY, CHILDREN, MEN & ADDICTION FOCUSED RESOURCES:   

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ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY ORGANIZATIONS, GROUPS, AND WEBSITES: 

*National Center on Sexual Exploitation      *Pornography Harms      *Enough Is Enough      ProtectKids.com     

*Pornversations - College tour of an ex porn performer and an ex porn addict    Protect Young Minds

 National Law Center  for Children and Families    *Traffic Control, the Movie     Maryland Coalition Against Pornography   

It's Time We Talked      Utah Coalition Against Pornography       BraveHearts       Diamond Heart Foundation

Report Online Child Pornography/Exploitation at CyberTipLine.com or 1-800-843-5678

*Darkness 2 Light    *XXX Church    Department of Justice  ThePornTalk.com  

Social Costs of PornographyConference Videos   Papers   Report of Findings

*Safe Eyes (InternetSafety.com)  *Convenant Eyes   Internet Filter Review     *Women for Decency     AntiChildPorn.org

Say No to Pornography Pakistan - Let's Wage a War Against Pornography Blogspot

Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation  (C.A.S.E.) (Canada)

CANADA - List of other anti-pornography and related Canadian organizations

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ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY ACTIVIST INDIVIDUALS, AUTHORS, AND THERAPISTS:  

*Pat Trueman  (Founder of Pornography Harms) Pamela Paul  (Author of "Pornified")

Dr. Jill C. Manning (Author:"What's the Big Deal about Pornography? A Guide for the Internet Generation")

Dr. Judith Reisman   *Dr. Robi Sonderegger

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ANTI-PROSTITUTION/TRAFFICKING/SEXUAL EXPLOITATION/ABUSE SITES, ETC:  

*Shared Hope International     Free the Slaves

*IJM Institute (International Justice Mission)   *Global Centurion   *Live2free

*ECPAT - USA (End Child Prostitution & Trafficking)  *Beyond Borders (ECPATCanada)

*T-Stop (Texas Sex Trafficking Obliteration Project)   *Love146 NYC Task Force

*End Slavery NT (End Slavery in Tennessee and Beyond)   *Chab Dai Coalition

*Justice and Care (South Asia)  *Rock Against Slavery   End Demand

Overexposed, the Movie   Call and Response, the Movie    *Nowhere2Hide

CASEY (Community Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth. Canada)   

 
 

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OTHER RELATED ORGANIZATIONS, GROUPS, WEBSITES & CAUSES:

*Parents Television Council   *Web Wise Kids   *InternetSafety.com

*ClearInternational   *Cyber Safety Book  (Ken Knapton)   *Optenet PC

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PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION AND COMPULSION HELP AND SUPPORT:  

*PornAddictionHelp YouTube Channel - AntiPornography.org project with MANY videos & resources!

*Inner Gold    *Fight the New Drug   *Compulsion Solutions   The Mindful Habit

*Porn Game Over    MeadowCrest   Your Brain on Porn    HealthySex.com (Wendy Maltz)   Reboot Nation

Sexual Recovery Institute    *Just Be Well    *No-Porn.com  No-Porn.com Message Board

*Impulse Treatment Center (Sex Addict Treatment - Don L. Matthews)   *Covenant Eyes   *Stepping Inward

*Mindful Recovery   My Porn Addiction Story - Porn Addiction Help from a Former Addict

Porn Addicts Anonymous  Porn & Relationships Q&A (By "Porn Trap's'" Wendy Maltz)  Addicted to Internet Porn

Porn Addict Hubby  (Relationship Rescue for Wives & Girlfriends of Internet Porn Addicts)

Partners of Sex Addicts Resource Center    The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)

Don't Reward Bad Behaviour - Guidance for Partners of Porn Addicts  Desert Solace

Petra Bueskens of PPMD Therapy (Australia)   PPMD Therapy Facebook   Guilty Pleasure

QuitPorn Group Text Hotline - "To become a member and join our group text community, start by texting QUITPORN to 23559"  Twitter: @QuitPornHotline  YouTube: QuitPornTextHotline

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ADDICTION MESSAGE BOARDS & DISCUSSION FORUMS FOR HELP & SUPPORT:

No-Porn.com Message Board

Porn Addict Hubby Discussion Board  (For Wives & Girlfriends of Internet Porn Addicts)

NOTE: There are MANY anti-porn and porn addiciton discussion groups and pages at Facebook.

Just search GROUPS and PAGES for "porn addiction", "pornography addiction", "sex addiction", "anti-porn," "antiporn," "anti-pornography" & "antipornography"

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OTHER HELPFUL FAQs & Q&As: (By other anti-pornography organizations, etc) 

*Gail Dines Q&A     *Against Pornography FAQ    Pornography FAQ - By Pro-feminist Michael Lovan

  *Shelley Lubben Q&A (Ex-Porn Star)    Prostitution FAQ at Genderberg      Fight the New Drug FAQ   

(Note: The No Porn Northampton FAQ is in the bottom half of their sidebar. In addition to the usual questions about pornography it addresses questions and concerns about activism against sexually oriented businesses such as "adult bookstores.")

AntiPornography.org's "Frequently Asked Questions & Responses to Pro-Pornography Arguments"

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Shared Hope International specifically focuses on fighting the demand for commercial sexual exploitaiton, including addressing pornography as a very significant demand factor for sex trafficking. 

Please see their excellent report on this issue:

Pornography: Creating Demand for International Sex Trafficking

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"Pornography is a marketing device for sex trafficking: It normalizes degradation and violence as acceptable and even inevitable parts of sex, and uses the bodies of real women and children as objects. The difference between pornography and erotica is clear in the roots of the words themselves -- porne means females slaves, eros means love -- so pornography, like rape, is about violence and domination, not sex. Millions of lives depend on our ability to separate pornography from erotica, and to disentangle violence from sexuality."

Gloria Steinem, 2006

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