Parting Glances: GOP - Guardianship of Pornography

OPINION BY CHARLES ALEXANDER

I've no firsthand knowledge of the profession, but I imagine being a porn star isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Not by a long shot. But! somebody's got to do it.

(I've got a bad back, a trick knee, carpal tunnel issues, and no gift for butch, stud talk. It's not stage presence or acting talent I'm short on, it's ability to project convincingly -- and zipper modestly.)

I fault no one for making an IRS-circumventing living. And I confess I've spent many catatonic hours watching the endless supply of showoffs eager to cavort naked in front of the camera -- moon, moan, tastefully dilate -- making what Shakespeare calls, with a touch of poetic lumbago, "the beast with two backs" Usually overly tattooed.

Here are some current data to chew on: 4.2 million: Number of pornographic sites on the Internet, approximately 12 percent of all websites; 68 million: Daily Internet searches for pornographic terms; 72 million: Individual visitors to pornographic websites each month; $2.84 billion: Annual sale of online pornographic products and services in the United States.

Estimated number of work hours lost to cyberporn in America each year is 5 billion; 70 percent of porn-site traffic occurs between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. If nothing else, it's one way of getting a jump start on the day.

Pornography, of course, is nothing new. The Ancient Greek and Romans decorated their temples, their public baths, sometimes even their homes with panoramas displaying their rapacious gods, swans, beauties, beasts openly displaying who was doing what with which to to whom back then.

It was all part of what's been historically called "bread and circuses." One more means of keeping control of the masses. Subliminally, It's also a tool that abets religious guilt. And, while most of American churchgoers don't murder, steal, rob, philander too excessively, a sizable number do indulge in X-rated viewing.

Got a favorite kink? Google Tumblr for available sights, er, sites. God only knows there are thousands. Among Fundamentalists, porn's a problem. Big time. Possibly a communist plot.

Indeed, the American Family Association recently issued a caveat: "The porn industry knows that it cannot survive, unless more users become addicted to their material. They also are specifically targeting more Christian communities, which is part why the Bible Belt leads the nation in consumption of porn.

"The porn movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" heavily targeted the Bible Belt with advertising and PR, which is why their highest concentration of box office ticket sales came out of the south. Number 25 in the Current Communist Goals from the book, "The Naked Communist," published in 1958, is "Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV."

WithTumblr invited porn, whatever your supposedly unique special interest, you're not alone. Just preface your specialty choice with "hot male" (or, "hot female", though I can't vouch for these sites). Your kink may be elbows, knees, ankles, eyebrows, chicks-with-dicks, flatulence. Just add "hot" as incentive.

We gay men spend extraordinary amounts of time, energy, libido, watching porn. Be warned. Gay porn is being given a new anti-LGBT kink. Many enticing Tumblr sites -- with Alpha, Slave, Trade, Come Worship, Nazi Feet headings are cleverly intended to convey messages of inferiority, willing acceptance of physical abuse of gays, total superiority of straight males.

Fact is, porn bread these days too often comes baked in poisoned GOP wrappers.

Connect with Charles Alexander at Charles@pridesource.com
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