Monday, October 27, 2008

A good article that sums up my personal worldview--"Triple exthnics", about Jews in Pornography

Not an anti-semitic article but actually published in the Jewish Quarterly. I'm not Jewish, although I've sometimes joked that if you go by DNA I'm probably more related to Jews from Central Europe than to WASPS. Nope, I'm half Anglo actually then Italian/Polish/some Hungarian on the other side. I have indeed had the difference of my identity thrown in my face, though, by WASP purists who don't view me as one of them and who distrust me. It's a difference known by the consequences rather than by abstractly thinking about my heritage.

Anyways. The article talks about different motivations for Jews to get involved in the pornography industry like so:

"Sexual revolutionaries

Extending the subversive thesis, Jewish involvement in the X-rated industry can be seen as a proverbial two fingers to the entire WASP establishment in America. Some porn stars viewed themselves as frontline fighters in the spiritual battle between Christian America and secular humanism. According to Ford, Jewish X-rated actors often brag about their ‘joy in being anarchic, sexual gadflies to the puritanical beast’. Jewish involvement in porn, by this argument, is the result of an atavistic hatred of Christian authority: they are trying to weaken the dominant culture in America by moral subversion. Astyr remembers having ‘to run or fight for it in grammar school because I was a Jew. It could very well be that part of my porn career is an “up yours” to these people’. Al Goldstein, the publisher of Screw, said (on, ‘The only reason that Jews are in pornography is that we think that Christ sucks. Catholicism sucks. We don’t believe in authoritarianism.’ Pornography thus becomes a way of defiling Christian culture and, as it penetrates to the very heart of the American mainstream (and is no doubt consumed by those very same WASPs), its subversive character becomes more charged. Porn is no longer of the ‘what the Butler saw’ voyeuristic type; instead, it is driven to new extremes of portrayal that stretch the boundaries of the porn aesthetic. As new sexual positions are portrayed, the desire to shock (as well as entertain) seems clear."

I have the same feelings for Christian and WASP culture, but have not had the cultural label with which to make such a "me and them" distinction. But yeah.

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