Tuesday, April 20, 2004

In Defense of Porn

I have seen the enemy, and it is NOT me. Is
this guy for fucking REAL? You be the judge.

*after thinking about it a while*

I put my finger on what bugs me about that site. It's not that he's opposed to porn, or that he says Jesus is sitting on the throne waggling his finger at anyone who indulges in it. It's that he blames porn for his own problems.

The dude has a compulsion to read it. He uses religion as a crutch to break himself of an obviously destructive personal habit. More power to him - I'm all for self control. I'll applaud anyone who wants to kick alocholism or porn addiction or anything that takes over their lives. What bugs me is that he BLAMES porn for his problems. The notion that that porn is bad just because HE has a problem with it is ludicrous. It's like blaming the gun for the murder. Here's the quote from his sidebar:
This is an anonymous blog about my struggle with pornography. Though I am a Christian this is not wholly a Christian issue. I would think that anyone who thinks about it would realize that the degradation of women or men can not be a good thing. Pornography destroys lives.

BULLSHIT, dude. LOTS of people are capable of enjoying porn without it taking over their lives and wrecking them. Myself included. I KNOW WHEN TO TURN THE BROWSER OFF AND GO OUTSIDE TO PLAY. Blaming porn because YOU don't know that is ludicrous. And frankly, it does you a disservice by allowing you to falsely project part of the blame for your predicament outside of yourself. I realize that controllling compulsions is incredibly difficult. I do. But a statement like that above is patently false, and frankly, partially obfuscating the real issue.

And to those who would argue that those who are involved in porn's production are also damaged by it: Those people were damaged to begin with. Sure, lots of porn stars are incredibly fucked up damaged people (Savannah, anyone?), but if there were no porn industry, do you really think they'd be in church singing hymns every day? NO. They're FUCKED UP PEOPLE. They do FUCKED UP THINGS. If there were no porn industry, they'd probably just be doing junk in an alley with bums instead of in a porn studio with guys with 19 inch dicks. They're pretty much going to be drawn to chaos; the industry is merely the delivery system.

Now, this dude isn't totally full of shit -- he does partially blame himself. But that doesn't change the core issue that pornography is a THING. An inanimate object. Like a gun or a bottle of booze, it isn't inherently evil -- the good or the evil that comes of it is purely dependent on the person using it.