I recently finished reading “The Beekeeper” by Dunya Mikhail, which is a book about saving the Yazidi women kidnapped and used as sex slaves by ISIL men of many different nationalities claiming to be Muslim. One thing I want to note before going further is the many local Muslims risked their lives to help save these women, horrified at the abuse, and many Muslims also fled in fear of sexual assault of their daughters. And that many of the ISIL fighters are doped up on violence and drugs along with religious dogma. Many of the rescued women attested to this, and another good source is the graphic novel “Kobane Calling.”

As a quick background, ISIL decided to kidnap and use Yazidi women whom they determined good for sex (or rather rape) while killing the Yazidi men and older women – and any children who refused to leave their grandmothers. Thousands of men and older women were put in pits and murdered while thousands of younger women and their children were kept as sex slaves and/or slaves to make arms. Many of the boys captured with their mothers were forced to be ISIL fighters.

The ISIL fighters were obviously quite brutal to the women they kidnapped in order to rape. Sometimes, they also used these women as servants to their wives, who were also abusive to these “infidels” – which is a subject matter for a whole other article, the way in which women abuse other women for the sake of their men. A few times, as in the case of the first wife of a ISIL fighter who not only helped the captive Yazidi woman flee but fled with her, the women helped out. But overall, it was a businessman named Abdullah, his smuggler contacts, and random citizens who helped these women escape. Abdullah was once a beekeeper, and believes the world should be run according to beehives – with women in charge. And in some cases, women have taken charge, as Yazidi women have bravely taken up arms up against ISIL to free their captive sisters (something very different from joining the US military to become a green beret, something I want to clarify given a recent post).

“The Beekeeper” includes harrowing first-count stories from women who were kidnapped and raped, some for months and having been sold to and raped by many different men. One theme that was found throughout the women’s narratives was that the rapists would force the women to dress up in “porno” outfits before being sexaully degraded.

We all know what this means. Women in porn don’t wear normal street clothes of any cultures. They were outfits and shoes purposely designed to infantalize and dehumanize the women being sexually abused for men’s pleasure. Stripper heels, ridiculous undergarments, sexaulized work outfits, fishnet stockings, etc. etc. The visuals of pornography are specific to pornography, even if they have begun going mainstream – we still know what it means.

Liberal feminists, sex pozzie, and men who love porn will refuse to say this is harmful porn saturating society, and will claim that when the visuals of porn go mainstream, such as in the visuals of Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, and really any teenage girl trying to be popular online, this is women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy, subverting pornography by making it their own.

I think the Yazidi victims would know better.

What does it mean when men who are specifically looking to abuse and degrade women look to visual themes within Western pornography? What does it mean when pornified clothing that is going mainstream with no objection from mainstream feminism is deemed proper abuse material by men who believe it is their right to KIDNAP and OWN women?

WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT PORN?

It should say that porn is, and will always be, a blueprint for abusing women. If rapists are looking to porn for ideas to better rape women, this should be a huge red flag. Of course, in order to even know that ISIL was forcing Yazidi women to wear “porno” outfits you would actually have to read “The Beekeeper” because, except for some few mentions for a small amount of time, the fate of Yazidi women was not the focus of any mainstream feminist website. This should have been and still should be front page news, along with all the narratives of the women and the details involved – such as the use of porn. But this won’t happen, as criticism not just of porn but also of the international sex industry – and thus “sex work” (i.e. prostituted women) – would be necessary because where does one think the women not found may be, if not dead? No, the role of porn in assisting the genocidal rape of Yazidi women will be featured anywhere mainstream, including in spaces that claim to be feminist, anytime soon.

And this isn’t the first use of porn in genocidal rape. In “Big Porn Inc.” an entire chapter is devoted to detailing the way in which the Serbian paramilitary forces watched and created pornopgraphy, including snuff, while raping Muslim women during the Bosnian War of the early 1990s.

Porn is poison. It is both the blueprint for how to abuse women, and is the visual documentation of abuse of women. No doubt sex pozzies and their allies would claim that it any form of expression, there are abusers. But I don’t care how feminist you think your porn is, how lovey dovey you try and make it. As I wrote before, the mere act of you making and supporting porn supports and promotes the entire porn industry – which is first and foremost the abuse of women.

When participating in a social movement, one should put the most vulnerable front and center. And those claiming to make feminist porn as an outlet for their sexuality are not the most vulnerable. Nor are they in any way innocent. Anyone who continues to be pro-porn has the blood and suffering of these Yazidi women on their hands, for they are supporting the industry that gave ISIL the designs and outfits to further degrade and torture their victims – their voices captured in pain in “The Beekeeper,” which I highly recommend.

One other thing must be noted. Many pro-porners, including liberal feminists, will accuse those critical of porn of being anti-sex and really right-wing religious nutjobs who actually want to control the bodies of women. Guess who are actual right-wing nutjobs who want to control the bodies of women? ISIL.

And pornogrpahy perfectly fit their worldview, did it not?

What does that reveal about porn?