Pornography

You know the pornography issue was big around then, so we were challenging a video store in town. We'd send a fourteen year old in to get videos with horrible depictions of women and we'd say, "Don't tell us that this is not an issue."

Pornography is an issue that concerned most Status of Women Councils from their very beginnings. In the 70s and early 80s, there were few laws governing the sale of pornography. "Men's" magazines (like Playboy) were often displayed in plain view of children in corner stores and movies didn't have ratings.

In response, Status of Women Councils lobbied for stricter regulations and rating systems for movies and videos. Some protested when First Choice Pay TV came in with Playboy programming and others worked to raise public awareness on the issue through holding workshops and showing films like Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography.

Other organizations joined in the fight as well. In 1983, the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women held a public forum in St. John's to raise public awareness about pornography. The forum led to the formation of the Coalition of Citizens Against Pornography, which ran public awareness campaigns, organized protest marches, and developed a "porn free" campaign for store owners.