This petition has been doing the rounds on Facebook and probably other social networking sites that I don’t pay attention to.
The aim, as is clear from the title, is to shut down the website Punternet.com. I won’t sign this petition.
What can possibly be gained from shutting down Punternet? Will that stop men raping? Will it make them think twice about seeking out women who’s silence they can buy?
Men tell us who they are all the time and most of us don’t listen. When men tell us who they are as voraciously as they do on Punternet, women hear them.
Shutting down Punternet is sweeping it under the carpet. In most parts of the world, it’s not illegal to pay a woman in order to masturbate into her. Saying, “Ew! Censor these terrible men!” ignores that these terrible men are the regular johns. Shutting down Punternet is not going to interfere with these rapists’ punterly activities one bit.
No one listens to prostituted women when they speak of the torture they endure at the hands of men. Maybe they will listen when the men tell it?
Punternet is not the root.