Well, I'll go to the foot of my stairs...

Often startled, frequently amused, sometimes scared; rarely speechless. Can be found at witchywoo22@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

What exactly is...

...'freedom of speech' anyway? Wikipedia, that completely impartial and revered oracle [/sarcasm], says:
Freedom of speech is the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship.
Hmmm. Ok. That comes pretty close to what I've always thought of as freedom of speech - being allowed to say what you think without fear of recrimination or retribution. The Wikipedia entry goes on to state:
The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes preferred, since the right is not confined to verbal speech but is understood to protect any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.
and:
In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country, although the degree of freedom varies greatly.
I wonder whether the right to absolute freedom of expression would be a healthy thing for humans. It's a fine idea, in principle, don't you think - total freedom of expression for everyone; no come backs, no accountability, no responsibility? Mainstream pornographers obviously think it's a fine idea in practice because that's how they defend their product - even though a product directing the same level of venom as is directed at women by pornography would be universally reviled as hate speech if it were to be directed at any other group, anywhere.

If pornography is "freedom of expression" I wonder what "information and ideas" it's seeking to impart... But, anyway... according to pornographers, their right to express hate speech against women has to be protected at all costs. After all, there's a lot of money to be made from whipping up latent misogyny and reinforcing it through male orgasm and, once you've got 'em hooked, you gotta keep 'em coming back for more otherwise your profit margins slump and you find you no longer have an outlet for the expression of your 'information and ideas'.

No need to worry. There are so many apparently willing consumers of the pornographers' products it seems they'll never run out of business; it seems the freedom of their 'expression' - women hating 'speech' written with - on - the bodies and lives of women - needs no protection. Yet the pornographers and the consumers of their product make such a stampy-footy, waah-ha-ha whenever any criticism of their product is made, whenever the slightest voice of dissent is heard. I wonder why? They believe in 'freedom of speech', don't they?

Freedom of speech. Being able to speak freely without censorship.

If pornographers and the consumers of their product believe in freedom of speech and expression then, surely, that's a universal - what applies to them must, by definition, apply to everyone? Or have I misunderstood? Does freedom of expression only apply to pornographers and the consumers of their product and any voice of dissent is not free and must be silenced?

A little, tiny website - The No Porn Pledge - has been hacked by consumers of pornography. It's a teeny weeny site where people can go and simply pledge not to use pornography. The site doesn't advocate censorship or, indeed, any kind of action against pornography, pornographers or the consumers of pornography - it's completely apolitical. It simply exists so that people can make public their avowal not to use pornography in their lives - for themselves, for whatever reason - and yet it has been deemed fit for invasion, partial destruction and pornographic intrusion by a group of pornography aficionados. Exactly who is censoring who, here?

So what, excactly, is 'free speech' again? Does it stop at the assumed 'rights' of pornographers to peddle sexualised misogyny and the actions of the bully-boys who belong to the pornographers' club? According to them, it would seem so. The 'freedom of speech' of pornographers effectively silences women - those used both in its making and its consumption - and the bully-boys act in defence of the 'rights' of pornographers and attempt to stifle even a tiny voice of dissent.

'Free' speech? Only applies, apparently, if you agree with the money-making misogynists. If you think for yourself - forget it.


9 Comments:

  • At 1:12 PM, Anonymous jo said…

    Well, they can try to wipe our names off but we're still here. So there!

     
  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger spotted elephant said…

    It was such a pathetic act, but telling in how close minded people are.

     
  • At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Pony said…

    A Wikipedia definition of freedom of speech in a post on pornography? I invite you to read at this link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomis

     
  • At 11:41 PM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    I know, pony - hence the [/sarcasm] ;)

    Wikipedia is a perfect illustration of how pornstituters stifle dissenting voices and propagate lies about those who oppose them - doesn't matter how many times you add to or alter an entry so that it gives a more balanced view, the same old misogynist propaganda replaces the dissenting voice.

    Thanks for posting the link though - for anyone who maybe isn't aware of that information. :)

     
  • At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Pony said…

    I didn't mean to be abrupt. My fridge died, and I am haveng computer problems. I blame both on the patriarchy, but also just researching Wales/porn yesterday and today. Simply astounding. If that weren't enough, WPs pages on pornography and feminism cap it.

     
  • At 2:53 AM, Blogger misterniceguy1960 said…

    I write pornography because I enjoy pornography, and I want to share the happiness and optimism that sex-positive storytelling creates in me with sex-positive men and women.

    Actually, women more than men, since I'm heterosexual.

    I don't know why you think that's so evil. It makes me sad that you would pour out so much venom on me. But not so sad that I'm going to allow you to destroy my own happiness.

    You are attacking something that is important to me. I'm not going to remain silent while you do that.

     
  • At 3:24 AM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Yeah, well, Mr 'Nice Guy'....

    I looked at your blog and it's just more of the same-old, same-old male orientated sexual domination of women.

    **yawn**

    SOOOOOO FUCKING BORING.

    As a hetero woman I'm in the majority - i.e. we think very positively about sex. Not your stereotypical male fantasy type sex, you understand (maybe you don't), but real, for women sex. And pornography, even if you've written it (with your partner's permission) doesn't come close.

    What's your definition of sex-'positive', Mr Nice Guy and why would you think I'm (we're?) pouring 'venom' out on you?

    P.S. While no-one is making any attempt at all to silence you, those with viewpoints that are contrary to your own are being silenced just by virtue of the fact that they're alive so quit complaining, huh?

     
  • At 6:59 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    can't even express an opinion on parenting styles now.....

    http://www.mumsnet.com/lw/state.html

    *sigh*

     
  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger Yawning Lion said…

    Hi Secondwaver,
    Nice post.

    It is sad that a nice idea like freedom of speech has been perverted (pun intended) by pornographers and their ilk.

    YL

     

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