Jillian Keenan

Jillian Keenan is a freelance writer in New York.

Recent Articles

Should Rape Porn Be Banned?

Given that consumption of "extreme" pornography does not lead to real-world violence, outlawing it only sends the message that those who enjoy it—including women—are deviant.

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Press Association via AP Images L ast week, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to make it a criminal offense to own or view pornography that simulates rape. It’s already illegal to produce such “extreme” pornography in the United Kingdom; the proposed law will make it illegal to possess it, too. Some American groups, such as the interfaith non-profit Morality in Media, have been fighting for the United States to pass similar legislation for a long time. Morality in Media’s “ War on Illegal Pornography ” campaign holds violent porn responsible for a host of social ills, including domestic abuse and increased crime. These activists have an important goal: to protect women from real-life sexual violence. The crux of the argument against this genre of pornography is that it promotes violence against women in real life, but research on the topic does not bear out this premise. In a study of four countries , Danish criminologist Berl Kutchinsky found that the availability...