Feminist censorship is the suppression of ideas and information that support or seem to support patriarchal ideology. Most notably, feminists seek to censor pornography, of which the vast majority features women. Feminist groups see pornography as being detrimental to gender equality and the feminist movement, as it is often seen as portraying women in a submissive or objectified light.
As reported by Reason magazine, commenting on Nadine Strossen's book on the subject:
- Strossen argues persuasively that the feminist censorship movement is rooted in a distrust of sex itself. "Compare victims' reports of rape with women's reports of sex. They look a lot alike," writes MacKinnon. Dworkin has offered such observations as: "One of the differences between marriage and prostitution is that in marriage you only have to make a deal with one man"; "Romance...is rape embellished with meaningful looks"; "In seduction, the rapist bothers to buy a bottle of wine."
Feminists also censor certain words that are seen as pro-patriarchy, such as "chairman" and "fireman".