Women's activist, Nikki Craft, has spent more than two decades fighting the violently explicit images published by the porn industry. Pornographic empires such as Hustler and Penthouse have stood behind their constitutionally provided rights to say and print what they pleased so long as it is protected by the first amendment. Citizens of the United States have the right to express themselves and voice their opinions freely and should take advantage of this right as long as it does not prove to be harmful to others.
Nikki Craft is known for her political activism and civil disobedience within a feminist group that went by the name of the Preying Mantis Women's Brigade (later renamed Citizens for Media Responsibility without Law). This organization vows "
that until women are created equal, [they] refuse to hold mankind's laws, objects and positions of power to be sacred
and by any means necessary work to topple the empire that profits from the rape, death, and psychological destruction of [women]"# Nikki Craft and her followers have done everything from protesting outside the Hustler building to entering local convenience stores and destroying issues of Hustler and Penthouse magazine by ripping them up or pouring black ink over them. The issues being destroyed contained pornographic material of a violent nature, such as women being "
tied up with heavy rope
images [also] show women bound and hanging from trees, heads lolling forward, apparently dead."# Nikki Craft, being a rape victim herself, and others like her spoke publicly about the effects that the images inside these magazines have on men and how the violence portrayed in the images makes it seem more socially acceptable for the acts to occur in real life. The Preying Mantis Women's Brigade feels so strongly about stopping the distribution of the magazines that they have gone as far as to try and have them removed from convenience stores as well as have the actual printer of Penthouse, Meredith...
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