PORNOGRAPHY AND AMERICA

Monday, June 13, 2005

Ron Jeremy There is an ongoing case right now regarding the use of a new domain, ".xxx" that would be used to denote a site with pornographic content. The idea behind this is that children will not be tricked into viewing pornography - the suffix clearly identifies the site as pornographic.

That sounds fair, right? I don't think so, not if you think about it. Let's get behind the initial motives of those who are rallying against pornography:

My question is this: What is really so bad about pornography? Genitals are natural; masturbation is natural; sex is natural. Why are people so quick to cover it up? It all stems back to religion: religion claims sex to be taboo. Adultery, losing your virginity before marriage, and masturbation are all considered to be sins in most religions.

While I can see how adultery may be a pushing the envelope a little bit, it's a little outdated to be claiming that
a) losing your virginity before marriage; and,
b) masturbating,
are "illegal". A sex drive usually develops early in adolescence (puberty), and they are being told to "wait" until after they're married? That's anywhere between 15-25 years on average... without masturbation? Too long, too much to ask.

Jenna Jameson Back to pornography. Is it really that bad to see two (or more, depending on what you like) people / actors performing? And is it fair to not only claim it taboo, but to take action and try to prevent the general public from viewing it? My favorite Amendment, Amendment the First, grants freedom of speech, and that includes what is being expressed in pornography. With that said, pornography should be seen on cable TV uncensored, should not be sectored into its own Internet ghetto (.xxx), and if you don't want yourself or your children seeing it, then don't go on the Internet. If you can't handle the real world, wear a helmet, but don't force the rest of us to go down with you.

Why is it that it is okay to see the breast of a woman who is nursing her baby, but it is not okay to see the breast of a woman who is nursing her independence? Why can guys freely go shirtless in public, but women can't? Why can students see the birth of a baby (showing female genitalia), but cannot access pornography sites (which can actually be just as educational)? So many questions, so many hypocritical responses from the government and censors.

As I stated in my Censorship Article, private "institutions, such as schools, have the right" to censor whatever they judge is worthy of such action. But should private institutions have preference over the Constitution? No, they shouldn't. Obviously, some rules have to be made to ensure order in society, but completely shutting society off of something that really isn't as bad as it is made out to be is completely unconstitutional, and action needs to be taken.

The day the majority of people stops viewing the human - mostly the female - body as taboo is the day we become more unified as a society. The United States claims to be a leader in the quest for world peace and unity, but we cast so many different shades of colors on ourselves (figuratively speaking), that we can never be unified with so much dividing us.

Sex is natural, so why not embrace it rather than repel it? No one should be so religiously devout that they have to deny the truths of life. And I'm not claiming that one religion is better than another, or that religion is bad altogether, I'm only saying that when it comes to your faith, it's best to give it at least a onceover before you commit. I'd be a little skeptical of a faith that forbids me from premarital relations, masturbation, and adultery.

Not only should adults be exposed to pornography, kids should be as well. I know that sounds a little sickening for some of you purists to hear, but exposing these kids to real life will better prepare them for what lies ahead. Showing them pornography and giving them the sex talk (and a condom) would be a great way to encourage self-love and safe sex. Some people claim that showing children pornography increases their risk of having unsafe sex, but I think if they are made aware of what exactly is going on, they'll be smart enough to do it the safe way. Why do you think teen pregnancies are so rampant? They haven't seen pornography: they don't know how sex works. All they've seen is a health class video and heard a lecture from someone who most likely is no expert on the subject (and most likely not their parents, sadly).

If you cast negativity on something, the result will almost always be negative. If you cast postivity on something, the result will almost always be positive.

Taking the taboo spin off of sex and pornography is the first step towards an America that wouldn't be hypocritical in calling herself "free".


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