By: The New Hampshirite
By definition I am a feminist. For those of you who are unclear of what a feminist actually is, it is someone who believes that women deserve equal rights and protection from the law as men. Of course, most people do not realize that is the true meaning of the word and often times negative connotations are made with the term"feminism."
That being said, on Thursday April 15th on the Great Lawn in front of Murkland Hall from noon to 3 p.m. an unrecognized UNH organization known as Womyn's Club (they don't want "men" in their name) are holding a fire... ahem... to burn, pornography! According to the facebook event page "Pornography has taken over our sexualities and destroyed our humanity. There are members of the UNH community who believe that pornography encourages and supports violence against women. We want to offer the space and resources for men and women to come and burn their pornography, their partners pornography or any piece of literature/material that relates to or portrays sexual domination, misogyny and racism. This is a way for community members who feel the same way to come together to share their beliefs and support. Remember buying pornography supports and promotes the industry and perpetuates men’s violence against women."
First of all they are calling the event "Women's Equity Fire." Now, I could be wrong, but I think it is supposed to be equality. Kinda missing a few letters in there. You see "Equity" refers to things like money, accounting, stocks, loans, shit like that, anyways moving on...
Secondly, I fail to see how this will accomplish anything other than putting toxins into the air, I mean isn't UNH supposed to be a green campus? Where does this road of burning stuff lead to? Usually when a group forms to burn stuff they don't approve of it can lead to a bad outcome. I feel like book burnings never really solve anything. Also, doesn't everyone just watch internet porn now anyways? I highly doubt anyone will show up and throw their laptop in the fire.
Thirdly, I don't understand how this group was granted permission for this event when other UNH groups can't hold a homecoming fire. Remember how "Burn-a-bear" got shut down even after CommUNHiversity went through every safety precaution necessary?
Fourthly, I honestly don't think that pornography has "destroyed our humanity" or "promotes violence against women." This is the same type of thinking that makes people blame video games and rock music for violence. There is no solid evidence to back these stances up. In fact, there are even more studies and evidence that says there is no correlation between violence and video games or crimes against women and porn. I understand how pornography can be degrading to women, but I'm not sure if this is the right way to go about the issue. I am not attacking this group's stance, I just don't see how lighting shit on fire will do anything proactive for their argument. Now, I am a male and I didn't want to write this without asking the opinions of a few females to see what they thought. Not one of them felt that pornography has increased violence against women or destroyed our humanity.
Stay classy, not UMassy.
(And please don't burn our campus down.)