Anti-Capitalist Piece of Republican Platform Seeks to Regulate Porn Entrepreneurs

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As it just so happens, Republicans are turning out to be much more inimical to entrepreneurship and business growth than their rumblings about free enterprise, bootstraps and the American dream of engaging in a cutthroat, real-world game of Monopoly with one's neighbors would have had voters believe. Republicans have added language to their official party platform that would encourage the federal government to slap Ayn Rand in the face by regulating a nearly $10 billion-dollar industry that employs honest, hardworking, well-groomed and well-endowed Americans: porn.


Never you mind that the Republican National Convention is going to be a huge boon for strip clubs in Tampa Bay — the GOP wants to ensure that nobody but its most hypocritical members can have access to the smutty smut smut that's destroying American marriages and perverting the great American boner. "It's a growing problem for men in their 20s," says Patrick Trueman, an anti-pornography activist who's behind the Republican platform push to staunch the dissemination of sexually explicit material that is sold by convenience stores, by hotels via pay-per-view television programming, and by satellite and cable TV providers. He adds that porn has "changed the way their [men's] brain maps have developed. This is the way they get sexually excited." As for women who look at porn, Trueman most likely blinked rapidly and said, "What? C'mon, that's not a thing!"

The new platform language stresses that current obscenity laws need to be enforced better, but such a crackdown has proved notoriously difficult in the past. The Supreme Court maintained in 1973 that to be considered obscene, material had to depict sex "in a manner," according to Reuters, "that offends contemporary community standards and is devoid of artistic or scientific value." There have been very few obscenity cases over the last 20 years, and though the most recent Bush administration promised more vigilant enforcement of current obscenity laws, it only really took aim at the most extreme porn languishing in the great rain gutter of X-rated material.

A sincere effort to crack down on porn would put the GOP at odds with hotel owners, porn barons and television providers, you know, real American business people trying to earn an honest dollar. Notably, back in 2008, Trueman and his legion of pearl-clutching social conservatives opposed Mitt Romney because Romney had served on the board of directors at Mariott International, which, as a hotel operator, beams plenty of in-room porn to its guests all over the world.

Republicans call for crackdown on pornography [Reuters]



The Republicans are often deserving of ridicule but in this case they are saying something pretty similar to a lot of the feminist research of pornography. Academics such as Gail Dines are equally suggesting that our contemporary cultural consumption of porn is radically changing the nature of desire and undermining intimacy between men and women. Sure they don't ground it in pseudo-scientistis rhetoric but the takeaway is the same. Porn is really bad for society.

If it is was a legit feminist making an argument like this would you be so quick to mock?