We all love a sale. Hell, I’m even doing 50% off all memberships on XConfessions and 50% off all downloads from the Lust Store for the whole weekend that ends tonight, on Cyber Monday. But whilst people trip over each other and resort to violence in the streets in order to get the best deal on a new TV or an iPhone, they are overlooking an important subject that is meant to be highlighted for today, and for the next 16 days.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women and girls will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes?
The UN deemed the 25th of November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. And although I could draw some very interesting, but often a little boring, points about capitalism and it’s role within society, and how this shapes the way that women are seen, commodified and ultimately objectified, instead I would like to draw a more positive note about this fantastic day and why it’s still so important to keep working towards ending violence against women for good.
Why is gender-based violence important to me? And why is it relevant for a woman who makes adult cinema? For me, gender based violence is a symptom of a global inequality for women in every element of our existence. And when we look at the statistics for gender-based violence, we see that 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. For me, the way we understand, communicate and shame sex and sexual desire is an intrinsic part in creating a disparity between the genders and in how they view sex. For many across the globe, sex is used as a weapon in the form of rape and sexual violence – or as a tool for oppression, subjugation and obedience. Of course, the subject is much more complex than that simple sentence, but I do believe that part of why sexual violence against women is so prevalent is due to a global society where sex is seen as shameful. And for me, XConfessions and the work I do as a feminist adult film maker is part of a movement towards sex-positivity, and hopefully in the future an end to sex used as a weapon to shame, humiliate or control women – but rather sex as a tool to communicate and to better understand each other.
“One of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.”
The UN have launched 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – which started on Black Friday. And I won’t pretend that we don’t need you to keep subscribing to memberships and downloading from my Lust store – because we are a purely crowd-funded company, and the work we do relies solely on the money we get from members and people like you!
So how about donating the 50% of what you saved on your XC membership when you signed up today to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women? You can help bring gender based violence to an end, and enjoy some seriously sexy, ethically made adult cinema at the same time.
I’ve donated to the 16 days of action. Will you?: donate.unwomen.org/16days