“America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.” – Santorum Declares War on Porn Industry

Rick Santorum is an ignorant putz and like all politicians loves pontificating on subjects he knows absolutely nothing about.

As if ridding the world of the adult industry would stop sex trafficking? As if people would be better off without the outlet of video fantasies? Who actually believes this nonsense?

The National Organization for Marriage likely does, but they also believe homosexuality is, well, whatever they say it is, starting with a whole group of people deserving to be cut out off from marriage.

Republicans aren’t hip to equality, as John McCain proved by voting against the Ledbetter Act for equal pay; as Scott Walker proved recently when he signed a bill repealing the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act.

Under the new law, there will be no remedy for justice under state employment law for women who are sexually harassed in the workplace, or for minorities who are subjected to racial epithets and other signs of discrimination. – Scott Walker Quietly Signs Anti-Abortion Measures, Repeals Equal Pay Act, Ahead of Easter Weekend

No one ever cares if women in the adult industry are making their own choices and raking it in as long as their looks and popularity lasts. It’s a gamble, but it’s theirs to make.

Stephen Hirsh of Vivid Entertainment nailed the Republican problem, via Politico:

Hirsh said he “doesn’t seem to have his finger on the pulse of what’s really going on out there. Again, this is 2012. People are more comfortable with sexually explicit material than ever before. I think this country has some bigger problems that they have to deal with than whether or not someone’s watching an adult film on their computer.”

Hirsch said that Republicans “say “˜less government, less government,’ until it comes to moral issues when it’s like, “˜Ah! Government should be involved because the government knows what you should think and what you should watch’ and I think ultimately that is dangerous.”

What Hirsh has to say about Democrats is something I read almost wistfully. It reminded me of 2000, when I shared the Los Angeles Times Southern California Living page with Hugh Hefner, Pres. Bill Clinton, and a shot of “Boogie Nights,” in a column close to the Democratic convention titled “L.A.’s Long Strange Tryst With the Democrats.”

Ah, those were the days.

The Internet set strippers, adult actresses and other female adult entrepreneurs free. I was actually there when it started, one of the only female managing editors talking about sex and politics when the web economy took off. I saw women start fan clubs on the web, walk away from being employee to start million-dollar businesses, including in film.

Let’s also remember all the blue chip companies and hotel chains who profit from porn, because their guests enjoy renting it.

There’s an underground smut world that’s damaging to everyone and nobody is going to say otherwise. But these companies operate on the margins and the legit operators want no part of them, while fighting against child pornographers, something that deserves the guillotine or something equally barbaric.

The right’s war against women is an offshoot of the Republican moralizing that brought Pres. Bill Clinton to heel in the 1990s, focusing on Monica Lewinski while Al Qaeda was plotting across the globe.

Republicans today have become more interested in what people do in their personal lives and bedrooms, which is why conservatism is bankrupt. It’s the antithesis of conservatism.

As for Democrats, your average citizen believes they’re all that is standing between them and austerity U.S.A., which includes a dry, passionless existence where caring for our brothers and sisters is seen as extravagance. People are too busy to realize that the Republican Party’s rightward march has brought Democrats to the right, too.

Preview of coming attractions, a grand bargain on entitlements, compliments of whoever is elected, Obama or Romney.

So, I don’t see Democrats as the savior some do.

But then I know there are plenty of them who belong in the war on women category, too. Remember that the Stupak Amendment is named after a Democrat, whose actions helped set off the war on women in the first place, with anti-women’s freedom Democrats being applauded as part of a “big tent” philosophy.

Not for me.

You’ll also have to forgive me if I don’t believe Mitt Romney’s going to come after people’s porn. He’s a businessman and his friends in the hospitality industry will tell him sex is profitable.

As far as I’m concerned, none of these guys can be trusted.