Stopping violence to women is the focus of an election campaign launched today that aims to raise awareness about the harms of the commodification of women’s and girls bodies.

Spokesperson for NorMAC Jo Pinkiewicz today said:

“Violence in the home is only one sphere where violence to women is taking place.”

“Sexploitation is at epidemic levels globally and we have outlined in our election pamphlet STOP DEMAND legislative changes which are needed to stop the underlying causes of male violence to women.”

The election pamphlet explains how the structural economic disadvantage of women globally, fuels and fulfils the male demand for various spectacles and vehicles of abuse: strip clubs, pornography and prostitution:

Women are highly objectified and sexualised in today’s culture via various media, pop culture and the fashion industry, which presents distorted and dishonest ideas about women and girls sexual-ity and relationships. This cultural messaging is called grooming and it shapes value systems and neurological wiring related to reward, pleasure and self-worth. No woman enters pornography without this cultural grooming.

Pornography is prevalent, accessible and increasingly violent. It promotes the acceptance of male dominance and female submission and leads some men to believe that women find forceful sex or rape exciting.

Prostitution is a bastion of male entitlement and women’s exploitation by men and shrouded in various myths from ‘the oldest profession’ to ‘sex work’. The pimp lobby finances sex worker front groups, that promote the false notion that ‘sex work’ is just like any other job.

The term ‘sex worker’ has been devised to normalise prostitution. The term not only addresses the prostituted person, but also includes brothel owners and pimps who benefit the most financially.

“We are asking the Tasmanian community to contact candidates for the coming state election as well as local Council members to support our campaign to tackle the underlying causes of violence to women.” said Joanna Pinkiewicz.
Spokesperson for NorMAC Jo Pinkiewicz