Hardcore Porn Coming To U.S. Cable Systems

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  1. MisterMark

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    Wow. Just recently, federal obscenity laws took a beating, and now the most conservative cable company in America has announced that they will offer hardcore porn on their cable system. Even with Repugs in control, it's nice to know that freedom of speech and sexual expression is winning. :D

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-adel...-home-headlines
     
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    I don't know what to think. I should point out that right-wingers generally have no problem selling porn, though. (Think Fox.)
     
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    Isn't it about time that someone recognized that the vast bulk of adults can handle pornography and aren't somehow ruined by it?

    There are people who can't handle it. Granted. There are people who can't handle alcohol, too. Why should those who can handle it be deprived of its benefits because someone else can't? It seems that too many policy makers, politicians, media figures and the rest devote far too much attention to that few...at the expense of choices for the rest.

    I have never raped anyone. I have never molested anyone. I have never abused anyone sexually. This is true of all but a very tiny percentage of the public. This is our nature and the reason why we don't do it is becaue we know it is wrong and the very thought of it is utterly repulsive. No amount of pornography of any kind is going to compel or inspire anyone to rape or molest if they are not already inclined toward doing it without pornography. In those few cases, yes, pornography may be a catalyst, but as such people can be restricted from owning firearms, using alcohol or hanging out near schools and playgrounds, why not try restricting them from purchasing/owning/otherwise consuming pornography? I know this is opening up a whole new set of issues....but somehow I would rather take my chances with the distinct minority rather than restrict the availability and choices to the majority.

    This is a theme that arose in G. B. Shaw's "Major Barbara" when the Salvation Army took a large donation from the biggest manufacturer of rotgut whiskey. It's also one of the few cases where the movie version is far better than the literary original. At least I think so.

    Just remember, if they successfully restrict pornography...how far off can the art police, literature police and the rest of the thought police be? Better to not set foot on this slippery slope.
     
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    It's worth noting that Adelphia was the prudish cable company under previous ownership. That was the ownership that claimed that making money from pornography was "immoral". This was while they were embezzling billions from the company's shareholders. The new owners are all about making money, which is, duh, what companies do.

    I happen to be an Adelphia customer and it burned me up that this hypocrisy was so blatant. It was the principle though. There's no way I'm going to pay ten bucks to watch a porn movie once.
     
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    Oh, speaking of porn, a bit of advice to pornographers: Fumbling is realistic. Maybe have them seduce each other a bit, too. And as a rule, most people aren't really attracted to porn stars: Learn about the wabi and the sabi.
     
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