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Rick Santorum Crashes, Adult Industry Celebrates

“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.

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22 Responses to Rick Santorum Crashes, Adult Industry Celebrates

  1. fangio April 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Today’s brand of internet porn does indeed contribute to misogyny and violence against women; there is no doubt about it. In many of these cheaply made videos women are treated worse than animals. Many of the women in these productions ( if you could call them that ) are runaways who are living on the street and who are easy to take advantage of. Of course, like any industry, and society in general, there is an elite class that makes the good money and the scum that gets treated like slave labor. Years ago you had to pay five dollars and suffer the embarrassment of going to an actual movie theater to watch porn. The people who made porn needed financial backing and a production infrastructure ; no more. Any woman hating gang of perv’s can grab a video camera and somebody’s basement and spend all the time they want sexually abusing some hopeless woman looking for quick cash . Over the years porn has become increasingly violent and there would seem to be no limit to what you can bribe a woman to do with money and coercion. Many men are turned on by this and some eventually take it to extremes. For those who remember ” A Clockwork Orange, ” this should come as no surprise. I was no fan of Santorum, but he did have a point.

    • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      http://taylormarsh.com/blog/2012/04/queer-talk-who-do-u-think-u-r/

      Fangio thinks that teenagers committing suicide after being bullied is hilarious. Just something to keep in mind, when measuring the value of his posts.

      • fangio April 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

        Hey! teach, or should I call you ” nutty professor ” . You no it’s funny but after rereading my post several times I can’t find the word hilarious anywhere. It’s pretty obvious that you see only what you want to see. It’s also pretty obvious that your one of those people who go in to hysterics every time you don’t get what you want; Oh! like those kids I described who were coddled to death by their overbearing parents and now don’t have the mental tools to protect their mental health. You might be one of them. Did mom and dad constantly tell you how loved you were, how special you were, how you could do anything you wanted and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Maybe they told you to go to a website like Bullying.com if you felt threatened. There you find other ” threatened ” teenagers to cry with. Wait a minute, what about the ” Grief ” counselors; good grief, I thought that was the parents job. Bye teach, nice ” conversating ” with you.

        • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

          Not surprised at your sniveling, cowardly retreat from your own words. Don’t worry though, I’ll be reminding you of them, a LOT.

          Funny, though, that a numb loser like you thinks he can insult me. Back to your crayons, dunce.

          • fangio April 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

            Where are the words, teach, I can’t find them. ” Sniveling, cowardly retreat , ” where do you get this stuff. I keep associating you with ” Welcome Back Kotter ” . Do you have a class full of ” Vinny’s ” . Oh! by the way, that original comment, I defend every word of it, except the one that’s not there. Are you on medication, I’m sure your students are. You know recent studies have shown that most kids in this country are over medicated . That might explain all the suicides, along with everything else I said. Chow!

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter April 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Anything anyone wants to do with their own body, or anyone else’s body for that matter, so long as they are all of legal age is none of anyone else’s business. PERIOD.
    The fantasy that the women making porn are exploited and coerced runaways is is just male bovine fecal matter.
    There IS an ILLEGAL fringe who should be and ARE hunted down and arrested, but adult sex workers have a right to do what they want and adults have a right to access the product they produce.
    The only point frothy had was proving he is as up tight and out of touch with reality as everyone suspected.

    • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      That’s a great recipe for exploitation you’ve got cooked up there, secular.

      Now all we need is another spike in unemployment- long lasting this time- and there will be nothing stopping the 1% from buying our wives and daughters for a few dollars or a hot meal.

      Porn IS exploitation. The number of women who go into the industry for reasons other than lacking other viable options for survival could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Your pollyannish naivete sickens me.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter April 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

        1.”That’s a great recipe for exploitation you’ve got cooked up there, secular.”

        Freedom to do whatever they WANT, whether busybodies like YOU like it or not and taking responsibility for ones own actions? That’s a ” recipe for exploitation”?!!

        2.”Now all we need is another spike in unemployment- long lasting this time- and there will be nothing stopping the 1% from buying our wives and daughters for a few dollars or a hot meal.”

        GOODNESS you have a high opinion of women, they’re all just a few dollars and a hot meal away from selling it to the highest bidder huh?

        3.”Porn IS exploitation. ”

        GOSH I am all happy and stuff that someone as BRILLIANT as you have deemed us worthy of your exalted pronouncement on not only what women can and can’t do with their own bodies but explaining how they are just a couple of bucks and a happy meal away from selling themselves to the highest bidder!!

        4.”The number of women who go into the industry for reasons other than lacking other viable options for survival could be counted on the fingers of one hand.”

        Are you seriously as uninformed and ignorant as you come across in your panties all twisted in a knot post sounds?
        I have personally known (and had relationships with a couple)women who work as Go Go or topless dancers. Some of them were doing the only thing they could to either put food on the table or drugs up their nose, some of them were putting themselves through college, a couple of them owned several homes/properties and went to Europe every year on vacation. But they were all having a good time while they did it.
        I’ve known a couple of women who worked in Porn. For starters…they LOVED the sex, that they were getting paid a crap load of money for doing it was gravy. NONE of the women I’ve known were “forced” to do it. I know it happens but none of the women I’ve known was, and according to them none of their friends in the business were either.

        5.”Your pollyannish naivete sickens me.”

        Your up tight, church lady, holier then thou bombast entertains me no end.

        • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

          Wow, I really hope you are only eight years old or so.

          Women will do a lot to put food on the table for their kids, to get medicines, etc. Including prostitute themselves. Happens all over the world. Not really supposed to happen in wealthy countries where women are valued, but there are plenty of people with the intelligence of pond scum, and just as shallow, as you so amply demonstrate.

          I can’t believe I even replied to you. I need a shower.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter April 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

            1.”Wow, I really hope you are only eight years old or so.”

            Why, does the thought of interacting with an eight year old excite you or something?!

            2.”Women will do a lot to put food on the table for their kids, to get medicines, etc. Including prostitute themselves.”

            According to you they just start peddling the goods at the first sign of economic hardship, ESPECIALLY to the 1%!!!

            3.”Happens all over the world.”
            DAMN, women are as quick to put out for cash EVERYWHERE as you think they are huh?

            4.” Not really supposed to happen in wealthy countries where women are valued,”

            Oh, you mean like the value big strong men folk like you place on them? Cause heaven(which ain’t even there) knows, according to your highly valued opinion of them, left to their own devices they will just turn a trick at the FIRST oppertunity when some rich guy drops a dollar.

            5.” but there are plenty of people with the intelligence of pond scum, and just as shallow, as you so amply demonstrate.””

            Yeah, and as you so amply demonstrate there are plenty of uptight, sexually repressed, holier then thou, patriarchal know nothings out there too!

            6.”I can’t believe I even replied to you. I need a shower.”

            DON’T GO TOUCHING YOURSELF IN THERE!!! I don’t care HOW excited you got replying to me!!!

      • Sandmann April 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

        Women are fully capable of making their own decisions (good or bad), and BTW, how is it that only women are exploited by the porn industry?

        • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

          Women with no opportunities, no hope, who are hungry, have hungry children at home, etc. are not “making their own decisions.” Jesus the intelligence level on this thread today is downright scary.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter April 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

            Funny, I say that to myself just about every time I see you here?!!!

          • Sandmann April 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

            Waiting for your response on how only women can be the victims of the porn industry, and a second part to that query would be…what is your solution?

    • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      By the way, why does every one of your posts read as if it’s been typed out by a drooling moron with a vocabulary of roughly 300 words?

      • secularhumanizinevoluter April 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

        Because I know you’ll be reading it and have to aim down to my audience.

        • Sasha April 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

          To your corners jjamele and Sec! You two are Funny!

          Sec, one of the reasons I love to read your posts is because you Always deliver.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter April 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

            Thank you, thank you very much….I’ll be here till the 24th doing shows at 7 and 11 with three shows on Sunday…be sure to try the Veal and remember your wait staff….cause if you don’t tip the women BIG they’re gonna run out and start turning TRICKS for rich guys!!!!!!

  3. Cujo359 April 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    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.

    I think that’s because they keep seeing stuff like this, from Democratic operatives who either don’t want to, or won’t let go of the myth that somehow Obama is substantially different from The Other Guys. Hey, it all sounds so reasonable and moderate (which is the same thing as reasonable, after all), doesn’t it? It just happens to not be true.

    The emperor is running around naked and all the “adults” are telling us he looks really stylish.

    • Taylor Marsh April 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Oh, sweet Jesus. Reich should be embarrassed.

      I remember, long ago, when I started writing about Obama’s rightward tilt, coming after I reported back in 2007-2008 about his political penchant.

      Guy Saperstein yesterday, though he couples himself with Andrew Sullivan, unfortunately, on Obama’s conservatism. You might find it interesting.

      • Cujo359 April 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

        Yes, I don’t agree with Saperstein’s take on Obama’s motivations, either, but his conclusions are nonetheless right – whatever leverage progressives have, they need to exercise it now. After the election, Obama will go back to being Obama. It’s just an obvious fact based on observation. Every time I pick up a rock and let it go, it falls to the ground. I bet if I go out in my yard right now and try that, it will work the same way.

        So it is with Barack Obama. Unfortunately, he’s brighter than most progressives, which is to say he’s smarter than that rock that just fell back to earth.

      • Cujo359 April 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

        Oh, and I smacked Reich down the last time he wrote something that absurd, and it clearly didn’t register. It will take someone better than I to alter his perspective, that’s for sure.

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