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Free Speech Coalition

Lobbying organization for the porn industry

This organization pretends to care about freedom of speech, but their title is spin. This front group is a mouthpiece for pornographers. It appears that this organization denies the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause when it comes to women.

“…in 2002, the Free Speech Coalition (the lobbying organization for the porn industry) worked to change the 1996 Child Pornography Prevention Act that prohibited any image that ‘is, or appears to be, of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct’. Arguing that the words, ‘appear to be’ limited the free speech of the pornographers, the coalition successfully got this ‘limitation’ removed. The law was thus narrowed to cover only those images in which an actual person (rather than one who appears to be) under the age of 18 was involved in the making of the porn. Thus the path was cleared for the porn industry to use either computer-generated images of children or real porn performers who, although 18 or over, are childified to look much younger.”

Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray (EDs) Big Porn, Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry (2011) “The New Lolita: Pornography and the Sexualization of Childhood” by Gail Dines, page 3, Spinifex Press

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