Sunday, October 7, 2007

Happy Porn Sunday!


That's right--today is Porn Sunday. Although this is technically a day for churches to preach the perils of porn, providing guidance to those who struggle with its evils, I say that proud perusers should reclaim the day! Stand tall!

According to the XXX Church:

  • 12% of the internet is porn (4.2 million porn sites)
  • 25% of internet searches are for pornographic content (68 million a day)
  • the porn industry rakes in more money than ABC, CBS, and NBC combined.
Wow, the internet really is for porn! And no, I don't know what sort of statistical jujitsu landed them these numbers.

The real magic trick is taking something that is clearly so common and turning it into a deviant, abhorrent, dangerous behavior. Perhaps the problem with porn is not intrinsic to the porn itself. I mean hell, we can't even agree on what is porn and what isn't. This simple fact indicates that pornography is a social construct. It follows, then, that the problem with pornography will also be found in the way it is constructed.

In order to "struggle" with porn, your consumption of the purportedly wretched media must have negative consequences. For example, perhaps you feel guilty for viewing the nudie pics. But why do you feel guilty? Because you have internalized societal values telling you that what you are doing is wrong. Perhaps your spouse finds the porn and feels bad. Why? Because they have internalized the message that people only look at porn if their actual sex life is unsatisfactory or if they are perverted freaks. Either interpretation, bad for you.

Consider the implications, however. This would mean that there are a whole heck of a lot of perverts and sexually frustrated individuals running around. If porn really is symptomatic of such problems, then perhaps the best tactic is to attack the problem at its source. In the case of the latter "problem," we could rightfully ask: what's wrong with being a perverted freak? In response to the former, one might suggest that frustrated couples utilize porn to enhance their sex life. For example, they could rent some naughty videos, view them together, and use what they see as a tool for discussing what they do and don't find arousing. Perhaps learn some new techniques. Who knows, it might become a newfound source of bonding.

You could be perverted freaks together. Now isn't that sweet?

5 comments:

Cabell said...

Clearly I am going to have to blog about PornSunday later. Thanks for the heads up!

kristina b said...

You know, it's funny you posted this. I was sitting on a plane this afternoon, and I had a similar thought. Except mine was about having gas.

I was thinking about how many cultures have made burping and farting the worst kind of faux pas even though everyone has gas! It seems positively oppressive when you really think about it.

American culture isn't the worst in this case. In Japan, some of the "western style" toilets have all these controls on them When I was there years ago with family, I was too shy to press any of the buttons to see what they did, because I couldn't read the labels. I was afraid some one would show up to help me or something. I did ask about them, though, and I learned that some of them make noise to obscure bathroom sounds.

I'm with you, Anomie. If we could all just all accept that everyone likes sex and everyone has gas, the world would be a better place.

Anomie said...

I think they are definitely all tied together. Gas, burping, pooing, and arousal are all similar in that they are things that our bodies sometimes do without our permission. It reminds us that we are a part of nature, rather than above it. Humans hate to be reminded of that humbling fact. We are civilized, dammit!

carly said...

Ok, so am I stupid, or naive, or what...I cant figure out what the hell that thing in the Porn Day logo is...

Anomie said...

Haha, it's an elephant belly. You see it better on their website. I think they cut it that way on purpose. Looks kinda naughty ;) .

They want us to "confront the elephant in the room." Which is kinda ironic, since in my social circle it's quite common to discuss porn.

If there's an elephant in my room, it ain't pornographic!