Skip to comments.The pornification of America
Posted on 01/24/2006 2:50:39 PM PST by SmoothTalker
Actors having real sex in art-house movies. Erstwhile child star Lindsay Lohan appearing barely clad on the cover of her new album. Teenage girls strolling down Main Street USA attired in ''Porn Star" T-shirts. A bikini-wearing Jessica Simpson bumping and grinding in the music video for ''These Boots Are Made for Walkin.' " College-age women flashing for the ''Girls Gone Wild" video series with nonchalant exhibitionism.
Not too long ago, pornography was a furtive profession, its products created and consumed in the shadows. But it has steadily elbowed its way into the limelight, with an impact that can be measured not just by the Internet-fed ubiquity of pornography itself but by the way aspects of the porn sensibility now inform movies, music videos, fashion, magazines, and celebrity culture.
Braving the inevitable accusations of prudery -- which they reject -- critics such as Paul are sounding the alarm. They say the current hypersexualized climate distorts the attitudes of young people toward sex and relationships. In particular, they contend it has a damaging effect on the self-image of young women and girls, who are confronted with a culture that objectifies them while disguising it as female empowerment.
''Our culture once glamorized cigarette smoking to a large extent. It was promoted by the medical establishment, the film industry, TV," she says. ''But once the evidence of harm began to be disseminated by the government, and by schools and the private sector, the number of people who started smoking went down. My hope is that once people realize the negative effect that pornography has on individuals, their children, their wives, and society as a whole, there will be a mind-set shift."
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I must be jaded because Jessica Simpson is about as sexy to me an Lisa Simpson...not too, that is.
This comes from The Boston Globe, who's ideal woman is Maureen Dowd.
Lisa Simpson is 10 years old, dude.
Countdown to "filth is free speech" porn freaks in 3-2-1....
Oh, you mean Madame Gutterfly has admirers?
Don't look at me!
I guess "Erstwhile" would be a good word to use. I could think of a few others.
I think that was his point.
BLAME LIBERAL MEDIA.
If someone tapped that, and hard, she'd be a different person IMHO.
You might find someone blind enough, but I don't think you could find anyone desperate enough!
They can not be any worse that the "characters" on Soul Train. I was changing channels and came across that station. Disgusting, to say the least.
Nice body, shame about the face. That nose needs its own zipcode.
You are correct. It doesn't matter who thinks it up, produces it, stars in it, or distributes it. If there was no market it would not exist. Regards,
This guy is coming to this realization about 35 years late. And I love the way he tries to blame Conservatives for porn because he sees them as playing "repressive games" that only encourage pornography. I don't think there is a single subject where liberals thought processes run normally. I guess that's why they are liberals. Anyway, a little late in the day to turn back the hyper-sexed society. It has only gotten progressively more lurid and more generally accepted with each passing year.
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