They talk about pornography as a form of fantasy. They actually talk about prostitution as if it were an exercise in fantasy. And it is a part of the pornographers’ effort to hide what they really do in real life, to encourage the use of the word fantasy in place of actual behaviors that really happen, in the real world.
A fantasy is something that happens in your head. It doesn’t go past your head. Once you have somebody acting out whatever that scenario might be in your head, it is an act in the world, it is real. It is real behavior with real consequences to real people.
And so it has been a very brilliant part of the pornographers’ propaganda campaign to protect pornography to characterize the industry as an industry of fantasy…It has nothing whatsoever to do with fantasy, it has to do with a human being actually having happen to them what we see as happen[ing] to them.
And I think it’s just the most extraordinary insult to the human conscience to continue to characterize these real acts to real people as if they only exist in the head of the male consumer. And what that means is his head, his psychology, is more important than her life.
"They call it fantasy," - Andrea Dworkin