An Anti-Porn Leader Is Accused and the Media's Silence Is Deafening - 2023-11-11

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F344.png An Anti-Porn Leader Is Accused and the Media's Silence Is Deafening November 11, 2023, Cherie DeVille, Rolling Stone

As the founder of the International House of Prayer Kansas City, or IHOPKC — not to be confused with the International House of Pancakes – Mike Bickle led a successful campaign against the professional porn industry. His idealogues formed the anti-porn evangelical group Exodus Cry in 2008, and over a decade later, in 2020, Exodus Cry's then-"Director of Abolition," Laila Mickelwait, birthed the hashtag #TraffickingHub, accusing the platform of being a sex trafficking hellscape that must be killed (even though Facebook and other platforms reportedly host far, far more child sexual abuse material). Everyone from The New York Times to Fox News parroted these anti-porn zealots, leading to years of litigation against Pornhub and threats to legal porn performers' livelihoods and lives. States sued Pornhub. Performers lost the means to sell their content and faced endless rounds of doxing.

As a porn performer, these were far and away the most stressful years of my career. People doxxed me. I had to migrate from one platform to another as company after company banned porn stars. Some of my friends lost control of their bank accounts — all of this as we followed every law on the books.

The media tends to broadcast every allegation against a porn industry official or performer, so you'd expect journalists to aggressively cover the scandal currently devouring Bickle and his followers. But the media has largely stayed silent as Bickle faces sexual misconduct allegations that span decades that, if leveled against porn stars, would cause Bickle and his media enablers to demand retribution for years.

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{{cite news | first = Cherie | last = DeVille | title = An Anti-Porn Leader Is Accused and the Media's Silence Is Deafening | url = https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-commentary/anti-porn-leader-mike-bickle-sexual-misconduct-exodus-cry-media-silence-1234875782/ | work = Rolling Stone | date = November 11, 2023 | accessdate = November 18, 2023 }}