I’m convinced we’re having the wrong conversation around digital porn.
The internet is viewed as a great equaliser of our times, providing access to opportunities and information at an unprecedented level. As internet users are set to become a three-billion-strong community this year, it becomes ever so important to step back, look beyond our own individual usage and see if this open and sustainable platform really is accessible to everyone equally and freely.
Caroline Tagny interviewed Rohini Lashkané, 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.
Caroline Tagny: Should we start by introducing ourselves?
Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 50 participants from all around the world who were invited to take part in a meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet organised by the Association for Progressive Communications. You can imagine that this topic was just right up my stream. What piqued my interest even more was that the meeting aimed to develop a set of ‘evolving feminist principles of the internet’.
It is obvious that the discourse around content regulation has shifted mostly towards the protection of children from harmful content and child pornography on the internet. Any references to gender-related concerns were dropped, including even problematic conceptions that women and children need the paternalistic protection of the statei or international bodies from harmful content.