How porn is implicated in rape is complex and multilayered. Clearly, not all men who use porn rape, but what porn does is create what some feminists call a “rape culture” by normalizing, legitimizing, and condoning violence against women. In image after image, violent and abusive sex is presented as hot and deeply satisfying for all parties. These messages in porn chip away at the social norms that define violence against women as deviant and unacceptable, norms that are already constantly under assault in a male-dominated society. In most mass-produced images a woman has no bodily integrity, boundaries, or borders that need to be respected. Combined, these images tell us that violation of these boundaries is what she seeks out and enjoys. This is one among many rape myths that porn disseminates to users. Embedded in porn are numerous other myths, all of which seek to present sexual assault as a consensual act rather than an act of violence."
— Gail Dines, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality (via wretchedoftheearth)
Film critic Roger Ebert on Hollywood in his review of “Flowers of War”
“Can you think of any reason the character John Miller is needed to tell his story? Was any consideration given to the possibility of a Chinese priest? Would that be asking for too much?”
Harry Fear, a filmmaker who is currently in Gaza, on Israel’s bombing of two media centres which hosts international media outlets including Britain’s Sky News, Italian RAI, German ARD, Kuwait-TV, Sky News Arabia, MBC TV, Al Arabiya, ORF. The strikes injured 6 journalists, one of whom had to have his leg amputated following the attack.
The Israeli Army later told BBC that they knew foreign journalists were in at least one of the buildings before the attack, and satisfied with this knowledge, they went ahead with the strikes.