Saturday, November 20, 2004

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

A picture of a grey cat

MetaFilter reports on a recent representation to the US Senate by Kansas’ Senator Sam Brownback, who breathlessly pants that we’re all in danger of becoming addicted to online porn.

Aside from the examples you hear about — the office worker with his own room, playing jerky–jerky under the table for the whole day — I really do think that this is a crock of shit. First, every human being, if they function correctly, likes orgasm. Second, every human being, if they work correctly, gets sexually aroused by suggestive or explicit imagery which matches their sexuality.

That’s different from addiction, even if people regularly look at porn. Addiction is a big scary word intended to make us believe we’re collective victims of some immensely powerful force we have no power over. Is porn that force? I think not. Besides, there are people in this world who just don’t find porn does much for them; there are people who use the net and have never seen a porn site. (Although I admit that they are somewhat in the minority.) And as for porn destroying lives: no. The reactions of a prudish society destroying the lives of law–abiding adults? Yeah.

Anyway, Senate is being told to fund billboards warning people against porn. I wonder what effect that will have? Penultimate word goes to Brownback:

Brownback, a Republican from Kansas and an outspoken Christian conservative who has championed efforts to curb indecency on television and the Internet, said the public is beginning to realize “they don?t just have to take it.”

Heh. Quite so. I quite like giving it, too. Har. ;o)

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