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.
I'm not sure jaded really covers it...blind, maybe?
While your complaining about that zip code, I've moved into the community and set up residence.
Wow, not everyday you see an old cow riding a horse.
lol...I still think Jessica Simpson looks like an idiot (something like a blow-up doll). And I promise you she's going to age poorly...and Lisa will never change.
You can't be serious.
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.I suppose it would be "prudery" to suggest that young kids need to be kept way, far away from the sexual images that are forced upon them in pop culture today--not because it affects their "self-image" but because they should not have to deal with sexuality when they are just youngsters.
I was reading some blog comments a few days ago about the middle-school soccer kids who were booked into the same hotel as a swingers' group. The swingers apparently swung right in the kids' faces. The commentators on this particular blog contended it was good for the kids (who were, it seems, from benighted Catholic school backgrounds) to have to deal with "real life" in the person of half-naked old lechers.
Jessica Simpson is too transparently shallow (as is Brittney Spears).
I didn't say Lisa was sexy...I am saying Jessica has little appeal to men who like real women.
And *my* point is that he's equating finding someone of age unattractive with finding a child unattractive. *That's* disturbing.
It's American culture- the most important thing in life. It comes above earning a living in importance, and even while doing that, sexual thoughts enter the mind of the average American once every 2 1/2 minutes, or so the survey says.
Sex is the main mission in life- male, female, animal, or object is fair game. It's amazing people can still work, take time to eat, or take out the garbage, cut the grass. But as hollywood shows us, sex is possible during any possible activity.
Even when the earth is cracking open, swallowing a city and it's entire population, and people have but a few minutes to save their own lives, there is always time for a quickie.
Men can be badly hurt, have broken legs and bullet wounds, loose half their blood, but they can get it up for a quickie with a hot woman who has walked through a sewer full of human waste. With the evil (and also horny) enemy in persiut only minutes behind, and their victims broken, bloody and exausted, covered in filth, new energy is found, and sex is do-able.
Whenever porn becomes the topic of discussionI always remember a quip I read years ago in the Readers Digest.
A little old grandmotherly type was returning home to the USA from a visit overseas to Denmark. The US customs agent, a young man, ask her if she had any pornograghy to declare. She looked him straight in the eye and said, "young man, I'll have you know, I don't even own a pornograph".
Maybe that's what the US needs now, fewer people who own a pornograph.
Really? Looks fine to me, face, nose, and all.
This piece ignores the economics of pornography. Porn was once expensive, and now is cheap or free. What usually happens to the rate of consumption of a good when its cost decreases?
So, you like dumb blondes who starve themselves to look like corpses with boobs?
She doesn't look all that "fine" to me. If you look a little closer, there is stuff starting to sag off her jaw, and other places. Nothing a little surgery can't fix mind you. Surgery can't fix genetics though. It doesn't make anyone good company either. She's an object that you would want to have sex with. Buy a doll.
That's the problem these days. People think sex is all there is, what ever happened to love? It's no wonder marriages don't last.
You type real slow..don't you.
That young lady needs a good helping of fried chicken or brisket with all the trimmings. Repeat until the meat reappears on the bone. I'm female btw, but I went through the "anorexia stage" with one of my grown daughters.
Dayum, Jessica is toooo skinny. Maybe Nick can't stand bumping bones is a reason for the rumored divorce?
I used to be a libertarian. But I concluded some time ago that no society can combine social libertarianism and market capitalism successfully for long. Inevitably, the degradation of the human spirit that accompanies this combination will result in the return of the jackboot.
Nothing I have seen in the past forty years gives me any comfort that I am wrong.
It gets continually worse and will for a long time.
Yeah, it's gotta be those dammed libertarians!
You're not jaded.
You're just not human!
re: Katherine Harris as the standard of sexiness
You really need to get out more.
Whew! You had me worried for a moment.
Wives are for love and mistresses for sex.
Or is it the other way around? I can't ever remember.
And look like what?
Ann-Margaret in 40 years?
I think I'll take that.
I'm sure if she was more my age I would like what she looks like, but she ISN'T in the same league as Jessica Simpson.
She speculates that the current climate is partly ''a backlash to feminism, a way of protecting male egos, and men insisting on retaining a power structure sexually if they can't retain it in areas of employment and parenting and so forth. It's a way to hang on to a male-dominated paradigm." Agreed. I have made the same point many times myself.