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We need to talk about πόρνη

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Pornography (often abbreviated as “porn” or “porno” in informal usage) is the portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal.

The word is similar to the Modern Greek πορνογραφία (pornographia), which derives from the Greek words πόρνη (pornē “prostitute” and πορνεία porneia “prostitution”), and γράφειν (graphein “to write or to record”, derived meaning “illustration”, cf. “graph”), and the suffix -ία (-ia, meaning “state of”, “property of”, or “place of”), thus meaning “a written description or illustration of prostitutes or prostitution”. No date is known for the first use of the word in Greek; the earliest attested, most related word one could find in Greek, is πορνογράφος, pornographos, i.e. “someone writing of harlots”, in the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus. The Modern Greek word pornographia is a translation of the French pornographie.

“Pornographie” was in use in the French language during the 1800s. The word did not enter the English language as the familiar word until 1857[10] or as a French import in New Orleans in 1842.

Wikipedia contributors, “Pornography,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed January 8, 2016).

We need to talk about πόρνη.

My field studies in Copenhagen, Prague, Barcelona and on the Internet clearly demonstrates that millions of women are raped and abused on a daily basis in the holy name of freedom of expression and private enterprise.

This has to stop!

πόρνη is often referred to as the world’s most ancient profession, truth is that is the world’s oldest abuse.

I encourage you to support the work of organisations like Reden, that help women doing πόρνη and to boycot organisations like Amnesty International, that recently has expressed that πόρνη should be decriminialised.

And who do you think pays for your “free” πόρνη on the Internet?…

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