I have a day job, but I’ve also spent much of my adult life as an activist. Over the years, the causes I have addressed include tenants rights, violence against women, pornography, bottled water, and global climate change. This spring I heard the most exciting news: Iceland will address violent and degrading pornography nationwide! This is after Iceland had already eliminated stripping. This is a country where women count.
An excerpt from a Guardian story:
Anti-porn activists…are hailing Iceland as a pioneer. Although the country has largely liberal Scandinavian values, it broke with most of Europe in 2010 by banning strip clubs. “This is a country with courage,” said Gail Dines, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston and author of the book Pornland. “Iceland is going to be the first country with the guts to stand up to these predatory bullies from LA [in the porn industry],” she said. “It is going to take one country to show that this is possible.”
The person quoted in the story, Gail Dines, is a good friend of mine. She has been fighting this fight for decades and it looks like her work has helped turn the tide. She has been to Iceland to consult with government officials. By sometime in April, Iceland will have made its decision regarding its future and pornography.