People often use the argument that if we were to ban internet pornography from public library computers that it would be a slippery slope to censorship of material throughout the library system and that big brother would take over and end freedom as we know it.
This isn’t exactly logical as accessing pornography in a public place where others are exposed to it isn’t a human right nor does it have any intellectual merit whatsoever despite the fact that many of its producers may wear glasses.
We’re always told as women, when we raise objections to pornography that if we don’t like it we don’t have to watch it, we can spend our lives without being exposed to it (if only that were true) if we want so we need to shut up and let others be because consent forms.
But the library is a public place, where mainly women work. Where low income women use computers to look for jobs, cheap housing and opportunity to better themselves. The women who work in libraries have to deal with men jerking off to other women being abused in front of them, and also have to deal with the semen they leave under the desks. Low income women have to deal with semen on the computers they’re using as well. They also have to deal with sitting next to a man masturbating. Viewing other low income women being prostituted on film.
It makes sense now why there’s very little objection to it doesn’t it? This is an issue that mainly effects public employees and low income women, who have no right to be free of sexual exploitation, it has to be in our communities and minds always.
Áll feminists should be alarmed by the fact that the poorer you are the more likely you are to be exposed to pornography. I have the luxury to sit at home and do my work on my own computer with the help of my own internet connection. Poorer women cannot do that and have to deal with men consuming pornography in public libraries (because they themselves are poor or want to keep it secret from family, friends and relatives). Or think about the fact that sex industries are usually located in the more deprived parts of cities.