Let’s rebuild a vibrant, radical, unapologetic feminist movement against men’s sadistic hate !


Topics include

  • The Pornification of Representation in Pop Culture
  • Heterosexuality and Hook Up Culture
  • The Political Economy of Porn
  • Sexualized Racism in Pop Culture and Porn
  • How “Queer” is “Queer” Porn?
  • Radical Feminism and the Right
  • Men, Masculinity, and Radical Feminism
  • Porn and the Culture of Humiliation
  • Organizing Against a Global Industry


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Porn has moved from the back street to Wall Street, and is now a multibillion dollar global industry and a leader in technological innovation. As porn seeps into the mainstream economy, and softcore porn migrates into pop culture, the porn industry has become more hardcore and cruel. Porn images increasingly shape our visual landscape, and the pornification of the culture is played out on the bodies of younger and younger women who have grown up in a culture awash with hypersexualized representations of femininity. At the same time, much of mainstream popular and academic feminism has embraced a neo-liberal ideology that celebrates individual empowerment and agency while de-emphasizing the structural realities of gender, racial, and class inequality. In place of economic, legal and political liberation, we are supposed to be happy with individual “empowerment” in the form of stripping, waxing and hooking up.

Our goal is to rebuild a vibrant, radical, unapologetic feminist movement that energizes and mobilizes women and pro-feminist men into fighting the porn industry, and fighting for real liberation. Presentations will explore how to make radical feminism timely and relevant in the lives of young women, and how to build activist movements on the local, national and global level.



9:30-10-00 “History of Feminism” (Dr. Deirdre Condit)

10:00-10:30 Q and A with Deirdre

10:30- 11:00 “From ‘the personal is political’ to ‘the personal is personal’: Neoliberalism and the Defanging of Feminism” (Dr. Gail Dines)

11:00-11:30 Q and A with Gail

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:15 “Are We In Bed with the Right?” (Dr. Lori Watson)

12:15-12:45 Q & A with Lori

12:45-2:00 Lunch

200-2:30 “Pornography and Humiliation” (Dr. Rebecca Whisnant)

2:30-300 Q&A with Rebecca

3:00-4:00 “From Theory to Reality: Sex Work or Sexual Slavery?” (Cherie Jimenez and Stella Marr)

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-5:15Breakout sessions

5:15-7:00 Dinner

7:00-9:00 Screenings: Thelma and Louise or Oh, Goddess!


9:00-9:30 “The Economics of Porn” (Dr. Jennifer Johnson)

9:30-10:00 Q and A with Jennifer

10:00:10:30 “‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’: Critical Reflections on Lesbian/Queer Porn as Niche Markets” (Dana Bialer)

10:30-11:00 Q and A with Dana

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-11:45 “From Hooking Up to Pornography: The Triumph of Feminist Backlash and Neoliberalism? (Dr. Meg Lovejoy)

11:45-12:15 Q&A with Meg

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45 International Panel on Activism (Ane Sto, Julia Long, Maree Crabbe, Lierre Keith and SPC representatives)

3:00-4:00 The Way Ahead: Future Theorizing, Publishing, Activism and International Organizing



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