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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:14 PM

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Personally, I don't particularly feel strongly as to whether porn is inherently good or bad. My first thought is that incidence of rape might increase due to availability of violent porn, but it seems that rape incidence has actually dropped during the years that porn has become more available. However, crime in general has dropped during those years, so I don't think we can claim that porn reduces rape. Or that it increases rape.

Assuming that porn doesn't cause crime and everyone involved is doing what they enjoy, I don't particularly care one way or the other as to whether it's produced or consumed. I don't care about how people have sex - get out there and enjoy yourself, whatever works for you. I read an exhortation earlier today warning that people can get injured having porn-film-style sex. I've never had the pleasure of receiving such an injury, but I have broken 5 bones and had some other injuries from playing sports, climbing things as a kid, and so forth. I won't implore people to avoid sports. (OK, I would urge you not to learn how to do hand stands on a skateboard while barefoot - that was a particularly stupid thing to do.)

Pornography does disturb me deeply when participants perform against their will, either from coercion or desperation. One obvious type is child porn. Disturbing beyond words, the producers and consumers are sick. It is a mental illness, I think. Some producers probably do it for enjoyment, but I'll bet that many do it for money. Sick. Sick. And illegal, of course.

A few months ago, I read an article stating that an astonishing number of porn films are made where women are inhumanly degraded - it is a subculture. Some of these women were interviewed, it seemed like most were doing it because it was the only way they could make a decent living, and they were disgusted and sad at what they had to do. This is also sick. It is a sign of a sick society, one where so many people are denied living-wage jobs and they must turn to degrading themselves. If you're lucky enough to be attractive, you eat and have a roof over your head. Not attractive? Tough shit, you starve on the street.

If we want to reduce the number of degrading spectacles around us, we need to take back our government from the Predator Class and create a new New Deal. We need living-wage jobs. As long as the 99% are held down by debt, austerity, and laws that give their money to the wealthiest, we will have very bad things happen.

We must fight.

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