In Defense of Pornography

Oct. 16, 2017

I may be too old to write blogs every week, but I am not too old to like pornography.

I like it despite its anti-feminist content, its crudity, its narrow view of sex, its depiction of women as sex objects, its kinky excursions into ridiculous fantasy, its near relation to criminal child porn and abuse, its use and abuse of young women and teenagers, its thumbing of nose at the politically correct, and its near-total lack of intellectual ideas or social relevance.

Why do I like it then? I like for its honest purpose and result–masturbation and orgasms. How many sites can offer as much?

I also like it because, despite the intense disapproval of many people I respect, it is immensely popular. Free porn on the Internet is in many cases also responsible for a good many things of virtue: saving many marriages by giving a simple way of getting orgasmic relief for both the male and the female partners with children but for the moment sexless; for making successful and sexy marriages more sexy and successful; for reducing prostitution; for reducing abortions; increasing male and female pleasure; bankrupting porn theaters and pimp incomes; increasing tax revenues and decreasing welfare costs, drug use, and drug crimes.

Take that reference to tax revenues and welfare costs. Anything free is suspect. How can free pornography can make a difference in tax revenues and welfare costs? Simple enough.

Anything that makes marriages, or just living together with children, and having periods of limited sex is not only welcome. In many cases, it can mean less welfare, less police, more revenues from taxes on gainful employment, and less free stuff the government is forced to give when activists and left-liberal clergy stage protests. It also makes for happier and more satisfied citizens, a healthy and growing population with fewer abortions, more wanted children, less prostitution, fewer street protests, and reduced police budgets.

I respectfully ask–what is not to like about all this?

The anti-pornography feminist and religious crowd can argue all they want that pornography cheapens loving sex–like the nudity in Playboy or Penthouse magazines–is insulting to ordinary women, is gross and god-awful aesthetically, and is an insult to all religious morality from the Bible to the Quran.

How many men and women today really and truly believe this today?

Many do but judging from the literally millions of hits on typical free porn sites compared to the hundreds, or fewer, on serious religious or intellectual sites like this one–not that many!
Despite all that defense, personally I have to confess the awful truth I find the typical porn video pretty boring and I don’t get really get much satisfaction, or even a decent erection, watching porn! But I admit I still watch! Of course, that only proves what I already know only too well–I am getting really old! In the short as well as the long run, porn video does not come close for me to the pleasures of watching TV sports matches, heavy Shakespearean or even sentimental tearjerking movies, old-time musicals, and for me political folderol.

Speaking of old-time musicals you could do worse than pay close attention to songs from the musical South Pacific. I still remember Mary Martin in the worst part of WW2 belting out this old chestnut from the 1940s in a plush Chicago theater I visited as a 17-year-old Navy recruit (and woke up singing this ditty last week) …

“I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we’re done and we might as well be dead,
But I’m only a cockeyed optimist
And I can’t get it into my head.

“I hear the human race
Is falling on its face
And hasn’t very far to go,
But every whippoorwill
Is selling me a bill,
And telling me it just ain’t so.”

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President Hawkhill

P. S. For the intellectually curious who want to know details on my life-long journey through the idea swamp, from devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian, I still suggest, or stronger, I beg you to buy and read one of my three recent books (they are all dirt-cheap and, in my humble opinion, profoundly true if not revolutionary)–Twilight or Dawn? A Travelers Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s-Blogs. Or at the minimum please view some of my ideas on science and society, now streamed free on YouTube.

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