Thursday, October 15, 2009

More unintentional humor, this time from the American Family Association

About the Playboy cover with Marge Simpson on it:

"Most American dads know the dangers that porn represents to young males," American Family Association Special Projects Director Randy Sharp said in a press release. "It’s irresponsible of 7-Eleven to display porn in front of boys who pop into 7-11s for a hot dog or a Slurpee."

While there are plenty of issues regarding gender and patriarchy relating to porn, I can't imagine that there are seriously lots of American dads out there who "know the dangers that porn represents to young males" or are afraid that their sons will succumb to the scourge of porn addiction. Quite frankly, it's probably the other way around. The idea of a porn addiction that's one step on the way to hell is really funny, considering that porn sells and sells and sells in the United States and we haven't degenerated yet. Or at least no further than we were degenerated before. Speaking of which, it does appear that the most dire predictions of feminist writers and activists regarding porn have not come to pass. The idea was that with lots of access to porn and porn 'use', a rape culture would be sparked that would dwarf anything that existed before. Sexual assault does not appear to have bloomed in the era of easy porn access, and I would challenge anyone to demonstrate that there's been a spike because of it.

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