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Confronting the Commercial Sex Industry: Many Losses, a Few Bright Spots

Dr. Robert Brannon* The NOMAS National Task Group on Sex-Trafficking, Pornography, & the Commercial Sex Industry attempts to monitor events in this wide range of issues. The National Task Group is Chaired by Dr. Robert Brannon, with the involvement of other NOMAS leaders including Moshe Rozdzial, Phyllis Frank, Chris O’Sullivan, Rose Garrity and others. It has regular exchanges with feminist leaders and activists across

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DONALD TRUMP AND THE SEX INDUSTRY

DONALD TRUMP AND THE SEX INDUSTRY Robert Brannon National Organization for Men Against Sexism SEXUALITY IS A CENTRAL, life-enhancing, and important part of our lives, but its commercial exploitation for profits has had many negative consequences, for individuals, and for our society. The National Organization for Men Against Sexism (1) sponsors a National Task Group which monitors and critiques the commercial sex industry: a

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NOMAS Policy Positions on Issues of Prostitution

NOMAS National Task Group on Sex Trafficking, Pornography, & The Commercial Sex Industry Robert Brannon Ph.D., Chair    A. Our Culture’s Mythology of Prostitution    There is a common, popular stereotype, sometimes termed “the happy hooker,” of a woman willingly selling her body, who is tough, independent, sassy, strong, often wise, and in full control of her fun, raunchy life-style.  In this stereotype she’s

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The Commercial Sex Industry, Pornography, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Links

Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking Manifesto Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking Manifesto Press Conference at the European Parliament. “Who Represents Women in Prostitution? October 17, 2005   Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) VISION: CAASE is committed to building a global community free from sexual exploitation.  We know that all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade, are detrimental

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The Harmfulness of Pornography

A huge majority of Americans believe that some forms of “pornography” – eg. eroticized rape scenes – influence some men toward real-life sexual aggression. Social science also now confirms this. A large body of behavioral research shows that men exposed to certain rape portrayals show psychological changes that increase the likelihood of attacks on women. A common scenario – She refuses, he forces her,

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10 Major Unresolved Issues Within the Anti-Pornography Struggle

A challenge to the feminist anti-pornography movement has been a lack of consensus about key issues and goals.  The NOMAS National Task Group on Pornography & Prostitution has developed a list of ten such unresolved issues (see below).  We seek to encourage more thinking and constructive discussion about them. 1.  The anti-pornography movement was large and making headlines, in the late 1980’s and early 90’s.  Today,

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