Feminist Whores? Exploring Feminist Debates around Violence, Sex Work and Pornography conference: Middlesex University, April 17 2014

Feminism has traditionally had an uncomfortable relationship with pornography and sex work, often positioning women in these industries as hapless victims, and men as perpetrators and criminals. In the face of increasing criminalisation of sex work and censorship of pornography, this conference will aim to look at the ways in which both porn and the sex industry have been construed as violence towards women in the popular imaginary. Our intention is to present alternative ways of looking at women’s involvement in, and engagement with, both sex work and pornography, especially within the context of contemporary feminism.

We will have academic speakers, sex worker activists, and third sector practitioners speaking about these issues – we welcome everyone who is interested in exploring these issues in a respectful and engaging setting.

Agenda

09:30 – 10:00            Registration, tea and coffeee Outside HG19

10:00 – 10:15            Welcome, HG19

Part I: Feminism and Sex Work

10:15-11:30 Activist Voices, HG19

  • Catherine Stephens, sex work activist, The International Union of Sex Workers
  • Ava Caradonna, sex work activist

11:30 – 11:45      Coffee break, Outside HG19

11:45 – 12:30      Research and Practice, HG19

  • Shelagh O’Connor, Director, New Horizons Youth Centre and Women’s Open Spaces Project and Erin Sanders-McDonagh, Lecturer in Sociology, Middlesex University

12.30 – 13.30      Lunch, Outside HG19

Part II: Feminism and Porn

13:30 – 15: 00 Policing Porn

  • Feona Attwood, Professor of Media Studies, Middlesex University
  • Clarissa Smith, Professor of Sexual Cultures, Sunderland University
  • Lucy Neville, Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University

15.00-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.15 Roundtable Discussion – led by the English Collective of Prostitutes

16.15-16.30 Close

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