How Anti-Porn Evangelicals Hoodwinked The New Yorker - 2022-06-15

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F375.png How Anti-Porn Evangelicals Hoodwinked The New Yorker June 15, 2022, Cherie DeVille, Daily Beast

Conservatives often claim the "mainstream media" carries water for leftist special interest groups. Based on the latest issue of The New Yorker, it turns out that prestige magazines are more than happy with publishing far-right evangelicals' propaganda about the porn industry.

This week, staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote a lengthy feature detailing horrific allegations of child sexual abuse material allegedly uploaded to Pornhub—all of which should be condemned—but she also spends thousands of words praising #Traffickinghub creator and Justice Defense Fund founder Laila Mickelwait for helping women. She describes Mickelwait researching sex trafficking as a college student and saying, "I just felt like from an early age I had it in me to care about this." Kolhatkar then describes Mickelwait designating Pornhub a sex-trafficking ring before highlighting her supposed mission: holding Pornhub's parent company MindGeek "accountable." The problem is that despite Mickelwait's protestations, her goal isn't to save victims. It's to abolish the porn industry. (Mickelwait, through her attorney, sent a letter to The Daily Beast following publication alleging that is not her aim.)

Spend five minutes analyzing Mickelwait's tactics, and it becomes clear that her plan has nothing to do with ending sex trafficking. For one, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported last year that Facebook hosted 20.3 million reported incidents of child sexual abuse material—or 95 percent of the 21.7 million total reported incidents across all platforms. Google was responsible for 546,704 reported incidents; Snapchat 144,095; Twitter 65,062; and TikTok 22,692. MindGeek, a Canadian company that controls a constellation of porn sites including Pornhub, YouPorn and RedTube, had a total of 13,229 reported incidents. If you're truly worried about the children, perhaps consider starting a #TraffickingBook campaign?

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