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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

Thursday, April 07, 2011

All The Porn That’s Fit to Eat

The Republican Party occasionally has its uses.  But there are times, particularly when they push a Religious Right agenda, that I want to start smacking them upside the head with the nearest garden implement.  Viz:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding more federal obscenity prosecutions. The letter was co-signed by more than 100 other senators and congressmen

The most recent federal obscenity prosecution—that of John Stagliano—was an expensive fiasco that was dismissed at trial for a “woefully insufficient” case.  Apparently, we should be spending a lot more time on such pointless wastes.  Because we all know that our society is crumbling under the pernicious effect of ... what?

The rise of the Internet in the mid-1990s made porn increasingly accessible to the point that today, just about everyone can watch people have sex damn-near any time of day, in every conceivable manner, in in every possible vareity. If Hatch and his colleagues are right, over the last 15-20 years, we should have seen a massive increase in the social ills listed in Hatch’s letter.

And in fact, every single one of these problems are trending in the opposite direction. And it isn’t even close:

Sex crimes against children: Down 53 percent between 1992 and 2006.

Abortion: The abortion rate has dropped by about 25 percent since 1993.

Teen pregnancy: In 2009, teen pregnancy hit its lowest rate in the 70 years that the federal government has been tracking the statistic.

Divorce: The U.S. divorce rate is at its lowest level since 1970.

Domestic violence: The rate of reported domestic violence in the U.S. dropped by more than half between 1993 and 2004.

Rape: The forcible rape rate in the U.S. has dropped from 41.1 per 100,000 people in 1990 to 28.7 in 2009. That latter figure is also an all-time low.
These numbers are overwhelming. What’s more, there are at least a couple of studies suggesting that the widespread availability of pornography is partially responsible for some of these trends, especially the drop in reported rapes.

Here’s a question for the floor: are the anti-porn crusaders lying or just lazy?  Are they aware of the above statistics and just ignore them in their crusade to save us from the dread menace of bare breasts?  Or do they honestly think things are worse than ever and are calling for a course of action from the Justice Department without bothering to check if a problem exists first?  I’m not sure which is worse.

Now to be fair, the letter is signed by several liberal Democrats, including the increasingly idiotic Diane Feinstein and Amy “Frau Blucher” Klobuchar. But that alone should tell you how stupid this is. Religious Right loonies and neofeminists are combining to demand an initiative from the Justice Department.  Is there any possible way they could be suggesting something wise?  Especially when almost every “study” they cite to support their claims is categorical bullshit?

(While I’m on the subject of sex crimes and bullshit, I’ll take the opportunity to plug Maggie McNeill’s awesome blog.  McNeill is a former call girl and clearly smarter and better educated than about 99% of the people with letters after their name who write about prostitution, porn and sex.  Lately, she’s been debunking bullshit studies about sex trafficking, underage sex trafficking, AIDS in porn and other things.  The more you look into the supposed research backing up the supposed epidemic of sex crimes in this country, the more you realize that it’s not research at all; it’s puritanical advocacy.)

The porn grabbers are desperate.  The wave of sex crimes they thought internet porn would produce failed to happen.  The epidemic of broken marriages from internet porn failed to happen.  The epidemic of teen pregnancies and abortions failed to happen.  All they have is bullshit anecdotes and pseudo-scientific “studies” conducted by PR firms. They’re been reduced to sticking their fingers in their ears and saying, “Nah! Nah! Nah! Naked girlies are bad! I can’t hear you!”

Fuck ‘em.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/07/11 at 04:12 PM in Left Wing Idiocy   Right Wing Assholes  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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