"Pornography Goes From XXX to Zzz"

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#1

A few excerpts from an article in The Washington Post today concerning pornographgy:

[I]The popularization of pornography is everywhere. In the suburbs, the shopping mall, the movie theater, the radio, the television, our living rooms: Pop Porn.

“Pornography has lost its political purposes and is now ‘naturalized’ as just another form of representation,” says Lynn Hunt, author of “The Invention of Pornography” and a professor of history at UCLA.

“Years ago, you could think it was somebody else’s problem,” says Bruce A. Taylor, president and chief counsel of a Fairfax-based anti-porn group, the National Law Center for Children and Families. “It was a big city problem. A guy problem. A dirty old man problem. But the Internet has put hard-core movies in everybody’s home.”

“Most families have people who have seen hard-core porn. A majority of Americans have experienced it. Now they know what’s wrong with it.”[/I]

So, pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry. This article is only talking about the United States, but what’s going on in other parts of the world? I am curious to know if the same things are happening out there…in Germany, or Denmark, or anywhere. I was always under the impression that the laws concerning pornography had a little more leeway in other countries than here in the States, but I could be mistaken. I know there are also different laws ranging from state to state.

But, in hopes to start a discussion, if you read the article I’ve linked to…with pornography apparently going mainstream…where do you draw the line? I’m not talking about kiddie porn and animal porn…I don’t think that’ll ever be legal…it’s just not natural. Sex sells, right? But seriously, is there a time when it goes too far?


#2

its a matter of ethics and morals. DIfferent people have different views and opinions about it. I for one, think porn has some advantages. 1. Economic purposes. It boosts the economy, a multi-billion dollar industry. 2. Lots of people enjoy porn, and outlawing it would be like the prohibition act. Restricting alcohol because it was “the cause” of many social problems and people believed it was bad and immoral to drink alcohol.

And look what happened, the nation protested it, bootlegging was quite the industry then and the same would happen if porn was outlawed.

People would still continue to trade it, buy it, sell it.

I agree that there is a line to be drawn, things like child porn and animal porn are wrong and sick and the people who associate themselves with the aformentioned need to be put away.

I for oine don’t have a problem with porn. If you like it and enjoy it fin by me. Just make sure the persons who are viewing it are of a mature age. And by mature age i don’t mean what the law says is mature, 18. Thats not true for everyone. Different people mature at different rates, some at 16 some at 20.

Its good we have laws regulating it, saying who can buy it, who can be in it. It would be out of control if we didn’t and sick people would get away with unethical things.


#3

About the only thing wrong w/ porn is when performers are forced into shooting porn and child porn. For all I know, everyone’s got different taste, so whatever floats your boat as long as it’s legal.

anti-porn group… These people are god damn prunes, or prunes in disguise. I bet they say one thing in the public yet they have a basement full of porn related paraphernalias, loves to tie their spouse up and playing kinky RPG, and shoot “home made” movies.

As long as porn ain’t hurting people, let it be. When’s the last time you heard reports of people killed by buying or watching porn? Zero.

BTW, regarding the state to state regulation on porn in the US, you can’t ship them to Alabama, Oklahoma, or Utah. Must be a religious thing.


#4

can’t ship them to Oklahoma? Whats them? Magazines movies? I used to live in OK and we had porn all over the place. Gas stations, adult movie shops etc. Whered you get that info?

AFAIK there is no religious law regulating porn in OK. That would almost seem like going against the 1st amendment, restrictiing porn because some religion doesn’t like it? What about everyone else?


#5

There is a funny law that prohibits the transportation of women between states for immoral purposes in the US, so shipping porn might be prohibited as well, even though nobody cares to use the law :slight_smile:

Porn to the people!


#6

Would the internet be same without porn? Seriously, would it have grown so fast without it?

The start of an article on the subject:

Porn to drive mobile revolution
By Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Pornography is likely to be among
the main uses that will drive demand in the early days of ultra-fast mobile
phones, the chief executive of porn empire Private Media Group says. “In new
technologies, adult services usually account for 80 percent of traffic. It
has been so with video, the Internet and DVD. It is natural to assume it
will be the same with mobile Internet,“ Charles Prast told Reuters in an
interview. Experience shows that the share of such content later falls to
around 20 percent of the total, he said. Research company Visiongain
estimates that the value of the pornography market will be some $70 billion
(43 billion pounds) in 2006 and that $4 billion of the total could come from
mobile telephony. That’s the year in which conservative operators expect to
see a mass market for high-speed third generation (3G) telephony, which
offers streaming video on handsets. “This number is attainable,“ Prast said.
“We will see some shift among customers away from currently existing
channels, but also the whole market will grow. Mobility will increase the
impulse to buy, and it is also more discreet,“ he said. Demand for
pornography among mobile consumers is already evident in the Netherlands,
where a considerable proportion of the latest mobile picture-sending service
offered by operator Vodafone is used for porn, a telecoms industry source
said.
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see also:
http://www.observer.co.uk/focus/story/0,6903,661094,00.html
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What I can’t understand is why anyone would pay for porn. Am I missing something?
Or missing out? Or are people too lazy to find out how to get it for free?
:bigsmile:


#7

Oh yeah those 64x64 animated phone pornvideos really turn me on… :rolleyes: :slight_smile:


#8

who said the next generation of phone won’t have 5 inch expanding screens with 32bit color and stereo speakers and a mouse…oh im dreaming again.