About AntiPornography.org -- A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Before reading the "About Antipornography.org" section further down on this page, please note that AntiPornography.org is:
~~Anti-Censorship, Pro-Free Speech~~
~~~ Anti-Sexism, Anti-Exploitation ~~~
Pro-Safe, Healthy, Equality-Based Sex, Love and Relationships
Pro-reasonable regulation of the pornography industry for the health & safety of performers
Also please note that while AntiPornography.org is against the harms of pornography, prostitution, sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, we are not against personal private nudity, gay or bisexual people, pornography performers, people in prostitution, non-compulsive, non-porn-facilitated masturbation, non-public sex between consenting mature adults, age-appropriate sex education, or private access to completely respectful, non-objectifying, non-degrading and non-exploitative erotica (see definitions here) by single mature adults, or by individuals involved in relationships who have the full knowledge and consent of their partners in regards to what they are viewing/using.
*Please see our FAQ and below for more information on all of the above. Thank you!
AntiPornography.org is a nonpartisan, nonreligious, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit public service organization. Our mission is to achieve concrete results to help prevent and combat the devastating harms of pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking, as well as all other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse. We are currently a not-yet-funded organization run solely by a few very dedicated and hard-working unpaid volunteers.
The specific goals of this organization are to:
Reduce the demand for pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking by educating the consumers, or "Johns", so they will decide to not use porn or support the sex trade.
Reduce the supply for the pornography industry and all forms of commercial sexual exploitation by educating and helping those who make up that supply -- mostly socially and economically disadvantaged (and often abused) young women.
Document the harms of pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking, as well as all of their connections with each other.
Raise awareness among the general public and educate them about the harms of pornography and all forms of commercial sexual exploitation so that they can make more informed choices and act to prevent those harms on themselves, their loved ones, and others.
To inspire, create, and support new and longtime activists in their important work to help build a better world for everyone with less sexual exploitation and abuse, and with greater safety, equality, love, humanity and compassion for all.
These goals, especially reducing the demand and supply, are accomplished by mass public outreach with accessible materials such as videos, at this website and the places where those who make up the demand and supply spend a great deal of their time: social networking sites on the Internet such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, etc.
What we specifically do to accomplish our goals
1. We provide educational resources to the public via our website and over 30 social media sites -- reaching, informing and helping thousands of people daily. (See our Facebook page, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels, and other accounts.)
2. We do outreach and provide emotional and other support to porn and sex trade workers and survivors -- to help them transition out of the sex trade, share their stories, speak out against sex industry abuses, etc.
3. We provide speakers and debate participants to educational institutions, to inform students about the harms of pornography and the sex trade.
4. We provide support for people who are working on stopping their use of pornography or prostitution.
5. We provide a platform for anyone who has been harmed in any way by pornography, prostitution, or any form of sexual exploitation or abuse, to share their story and be heard and supported. (See our Harm Stories page. http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html)
6. We provide a platform and promotion for people who just want to speak out against pornography and sex trade harms in general (not share a personal story), or who need more high-profile exposure of the activist work they've already done. (See our Contributed Writings page, our main YouTube channel, and our social media platforms.)
7. We engage in and support campaigns and protests to reduce demand for -- and the harms of -- pornography and the sex trade. (This sometimes includes support for or against various types of legislation.)
8. We provide and manage various communities across many social media platforms where people can learn about porn and sex trade harms, connect with others of like mind, and get involved to help out with the cause.
9. We provide services to the media, film makers, authors, researchers and others by acting as an agent for porn and sex trade survivors, so these survivors can be interviewed or write for their publication, etc. (There is a big demand for this service, and we are the only English-speaking secular organization in the world that provides it.)
10. We create, recruit, train, mentor and support new activists and volunteers -- to help our organization, other organizations, or the cause, in order to expand our movement and help it achieve optimum results.
11. We support the ongoing efforts of other long-time activists and organizations doing similar work, in order to help create a more unified and effective overall movement against sexual exploitation.
12. We engage in ongoing research and documentation of the ever-changing landscape of the porn industry and sex trade, as well as their harms to individuals and society.
In order to change the hearts and minds of those who most need to receive the message it is necessary to reach out to them, rather than expect them to seek out information and help, as due to the sensitive and very personal nature of pornography use, sexual abuse and sex industry involvement, etc., it is rare for them to look for and reach out for education and assistance on their own.
AntiPornography.org acknowledges the harm that pornography does to everyone in our society, whether male or female, adult or child. However, since the majority of the harm done to those in the sex industry and in society in general, in regards to pornography and sexual exploitation and abuse, is unquestionably to women and children, most of the content of this website and related ones focuses on that harm, rather than the harm done to men and boys.
Pornographers themselves acknowledge that pornography is most harmful to women and that such harm is intentional. For instance, the former pornography director Sam Benjamin states, "As a director of heterosexual porn, I came to learn that while my overt task was to make sure the girls got naked, my true responsibility was to make sure the girls got punished." (Ref: "Why I Had to Stop Making Hardcore Porn") And the pornographic website GagFactor.com once proudly proclaimed, "Porn destroys women. That's why we love it!"
So it is very clear that in the world of pornography men are openly acknowledged as the oppressors, destroyers, punishers and predators, and women and girls are very clearly identified by pornographers themselves as the sexual prey of men, and as the intended victims of their very intentionally targeted destruction and punishment. It is also important to also note that women and girls are apparently targeted for this cruelty and abuse for no other reason other than having been born female. (Note: For more examples of how pornographers themselves identify men as the abusers in pornography, and women and girls as the clearly intended victims of that abuse, please see our examples of the many pornography spam advertisements that are constantly posted on our YouTube videos, that we have collected here.)
So make no mistake, although pornography is occasionally overtly oppressive and degrading towards men, and although it definitely harms many males who use it, (if not most or all males who use it), pornography is unequivocally mostly full of hate propaganda squarely directed towards females and as such is unquestionably a full-scale war against women and girls. It is therefore only appropriate that the focus of any comprehensive anti-pornography organization would be and should be on addressing that specific harm. (While still acknowledging the harm to everyone.)
That being said, countless men have shared stories with us of how pornography has harmed them also, mostly through pornography addiction or compulsive or excessive pornography use. For anyone who is interested, you can read many such stories on our Harm Stories page here.
So, while keeping the focus on the harm done to women and children, it is very important to acknowledge that pornography harms everyone, and to do everything possible to help those who are reaching out for help to end their use of pornography, prostitution, and all other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. It is these men and boys who create the demand for pornography, and without whom there would be no supply, (exploited women and children), so helping them to stop their use of pornography -- and thereby reduce the demand for pornography -- is critically important in addition to helping the women and girls in society who are harmed by pornography.
AntiPornography.org promotes the concept of courtesy and goodwill among all those who are against the harms of pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, regardless of their different backgrounds or social or political perspectives. Although we all have our differences, it's important to not let them get in the way of our common goal of a better society for everyone. Precious time working to fight against the harms of pornography should not be lost by dealing with disagreements among ourselves. Or, as the very wise and trailblazing anti-pornography activist One Angry Girl of the One Angry Girl Anti-Porn Resource Center once put it: "The point is to support each other. We're a small group of people up against a multi-billion dollar industry, and we don't have time for infighting." Indeed. Truer words were never spoken. (And to those who might confuse courtesy and goodwill with "being in bed with" others of different social and political views, please see here.)
So please let us all focus on what we have in common, and interact with each other with kindness and compassion, so that we can get as much done as possible to stop the harms of pornography and sexual exploitation -- which are caused by those who are really the problem: the "Johns," the pimps, the traffickers, the domestic abusers, the child molesters, the sexual abusers and predators, the rapists, etc.
Because the entire job of fighting against all of the harms of sexual exploitation and abuse can never be done by a few individuals or organizations only, AntiPornography.org is specifically designed to be an interactive website, which welcomes the participation and involvement of all visitors in a number of different ways. (Such as sharing personal stories with us, etc.)
Please see the links further down this page for many quick and simple ways you can help. Additionally, if you are in the position to financially contribute to supporting the goals and activism of this organization, please feel free to make a fully tax-deductible donation at our donations page here.
Thank you in advance for whatever you are able to do to help. Your support is very much appreciated. All helpful actions are important and they do make a difference.
With best wishes and gratitude,
Please note: For specific examples of how all of the above goals are already being successfully accomplished, please see our page of Activism Goals and Resultshere and our 2014 Annual Newsletter here.
Diana E. H. Russell, PhD - Dr. Diana E. H. Russell is one of the foremost experts on sexual violence against women and girls in the world. For the past 25 years she has been deeply engaged in research on this topic and has produced numerous books and articles that have become authoritative sources on rape (including wife rape), incest, the misogynist murder of women, and pornography. On the topic of pornography, Dr. Russell is the author of the groundbreaking book Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm, and a co-editor of the powerful and invaluable anthology, Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on Pornography.
For more information about the important work of Diana Russell please visit her personal website at DianaRussell.com.
Founder - The founder of AntiPornography.org is a humanitarian educator and a longtime activist against the harms of pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking and all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse. She has done many years of research, educating, and organizing about the harms of pornography, and has engaged in numerous types of successful activism such as public speaking, protests and campaigns, book editing, counseling, mentoring, group formations, and organizing workshops and conferences. She has personally helped many people come to a new awareness of the harms of pornography, and has often turned them from being in favor of pornography to being opposed to it. She has also inspired and facilitated a number of new anti-pornography activists, prevented some young women from entering into the sex industry, helped facilitate survivor activism, and has assisted many people to stop using pornography. You can see some examples of the last three sort of results here.
Board Director #3 - K.W. is a devoted volunteer for our organization. He has worked diligently to help many people learn about the harms of pornography, and to make the world a better place for everyone. We are pleased to have him represent the youth demographic on our Board.
FOUNDER ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: AntiPornography.org would not have been able to come into being without the kindness, support, patience and co-operation of my family, Ty, Sandi, Tom, and most especially the inspirational and incomparable Diana E. H. Russell, Ph.D. Many thanks to all of you and to everyone else who assisted but who has not been individually named. You know who you are and your contributions are deeply appreciated. Special thanks to all original content contributors, including Dr. Robert Brannon, Phyllis Frank, Devyn Devine, Estela Lopez, Michael Z, Raina, Krystal Fleischman and attorney Michelle R. Adelman. The important truths that you have shared have the power to meaningfully change the world for the better, and we hope your profound words of wisdom reach many thousands of people through this website.
Special thanks also to all of our dedicated volunteers -- past and present, and to all of our YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media friends and supporters, especially the courageous new and young activists. You give us all hope that it's possible for young people to see through the pornified brainwashing of our culture and to stand up to it and just say "NO." You are setting an excellent example to everyone of fearlessly marching forth on the front lines of this battle by speaking out under extremely adverse conditions against the harms of pornography, sexism, degradation and dehumanization -- despite the regular harassment and intimidation by those trying to silence you. Your efforts for the cause and for the future of humanity are profoundly important and are very much appreciated.
AntiPornography.org is dedicated in memoriam to the Founder's father with love and gratitude. AntiPornography.org would not have been able to come into being, and would not have been able to go forward into the future, without his kindness, compassion and generous support. E.L. set an example throughout his life of dedicated public service, and was an inspiration to all who knew him with his many contributions to humanity. Rest in peace., E. L. Your legacy will live on through all those who were touched and helped by your many contributions, and through the work of AntiPornography.org.
"A day’s worth of nationwide headlines inevitably brings up stories of children encountering pornography at the local library, child pornography arrests, and school incidents in which teachers are caught looking at pornography on school computers during school hours. It is terrible enough that adults are suffering the consequences of a pornified culture. But we must think about the kind of world are we introducing to our children. Certainly everyone – liberals and conservatives – can agree with the statement, “It wasn’t like this when we were kids.” And I can’t imagine anyone would have that thought without simultaneously experiencing a profound sense of fear and loss."
Pamela Paul, "From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm," a paper for the conference "The Social Costs of Pornography."
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At AntiPornography.orgwe are working to prevent and combat the devastating harms of pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual slavery, as well as all other forms of sexual exploitation, through public education and advocacy. We are:
Pro-Education, Pro Safe, Healthy, Respectful, Equality-Based Sexuality
Pro-reasonable regulation of the pornography industry for the health and safety of the performers.
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RESOURCES, FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS AND ALLIES:
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WOMEN AND GIRLS FOCUSED RESOURCES:
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ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY ORGANIZATIONS GROUPS AND WEBSITES:
Saavi Accountability -- The only online accountability program that works with all online addictions. It is also the only program that sends notifications instantly via text message to an accountability partner so that they can be supportive when an individual needs it the most at the point of weakness, while they are accessing the online content. The software was created by a young man (26) who overcame his addiction and is trying to help others.
ADDICTION MESSAGE BOARDS & DISCUSSION FORUMS FOR HELP & SUPPORT:
(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.")
"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
For information about Gloria Steinem's important work of fighting against the harms of pornography, sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, including videos and an audio interview, please see our page on Gloria Steinem. Click here.
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