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Pornifying violence against women

A panel discussion

by Meghan Murphy/Feminist Current (

Photo made by Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter
Photo made by Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter

On December 1st 2012, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter held their annual Montreal Massacre Memorial event at the Vancouver Public Library. This event remembers the 14 women who were murdered on December 6, 1989 in Montreal by a man, simply because they were women. The event also seeks to address the fact that violence against women is systemic and happens within a context of a patriarchy culture and to take action against that system.

In this episode we hear excerpts from a panel discussion called: Pornifying Violence Against Women. The name of the panel was inspired by photos discovered of an RCMP officer this past year depicting scenes of violence against women, some of which were disturbingly similar to reports of what happened at the Pickton farm.

Speakers on the panel are: Hilla Kerner (facilitator), a collective member at Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, Suzanne Jay of Asian Coalition Ending Prostitution, Lisa Steacy, a collective member at Vancouver Rape Relief, Carissa Ropponen of WAVAW (Women Against Violence Against Women), Lierre Keith, a founding member of the group Stop Porn Culture, Janine Benedet, associate professor in the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia, Meghan Murphy, founder & editor of Feminist Current, Trisha Baptie, a formerly prostituted woman and the founder of EVE (Formerly Exploited Voices Now Educating), journalist Laura Robinson, Summer Rain Bentham, a collective member at Vancouver Rape Relief, and Shani, a survivor of prostitution and a member of LaCles, coalition against sexual exploitation.


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"Pornifying violence against women"?


Idiot, it isn't "violence". Most of the time it's just fetish stuff(bondage etc.), men have it too but I don't hear you talking about that, Frenchie.


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Well well well... isn't it

Well well well... isn't it the usual fascist douchebag on chemical drugs playing tuff behind a keyboard.

You neonazi scum are cowards just like your führer, who got so defeated by the "commies" on the eastern front that he had to withdraw to his bunker instead of being accountable for his words and decisions, like the mere, filthy rat he really was.

Probably you even got a badge and Daddy State to back you up and make you feel "powerful". Another little man, full of shit.

So above, so below...


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