Santorum Vows to Fight Porn, But Won’t Beat It

All right, who e-mailed “Two Girls and a Cup” to Rick Santorum?

His campaign website talks about his commitment to “vigorously enforcing” obscenity laws:

America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography.  A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences. Addiction to pornography is now common for adults and even for some children. The average age of first exposure to hard-core, Internet pornography is now 11. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women.  It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.

Every family must now be concerned about the harm from pornography. As a parent, I am concerned about the widespread distribution of illegal obscene pornography and its profound effects on our culture. 

For many decades, the American public has actively petitioned the United States Congress for laws prohibiting distribution of hard-core adult pornography.

I dunno. I’m part of the American public that has never gotten especially riled up over porn. I have real problems with some of the business end of porn and the exploitative nature of it on one hand, but the actual product usually strikes me as more quaint, occasionally fantastic (in the “that shit doesn’t happen” sense) and tacky than actively harmful. I’ve always had an issue with with obscenity laws per se because of the kind of abstract, nebulous, “know it when I see it”  nature of the “community standards” basis of what constitutes obscenity. Even within a community, standards can vary. I remember the full-scale freak-out some people experienced in this country over about five seconds of naked aureole during a sports entertainment intermission, whereas my first husband and I made up our minds to never buy porn videos if the jacket was in a language neither of us was especially proficient in only after one of our selections turned out a bit too involved. Reading subtitles—it just gets in the way.

Not everyone watches for the plots.  I get that.

Anyhow, I just get the impression that Santorum’s version of “obscenity” involves folks talking about separation of church and state too passionately, if you know what I mean. It plays well among the social conservatives, to an extent, but a lot of people like porn. My former senator, he is so awkward.

(Oh, the video—that’s just cute.  Also, I only bring the porn issue up because it irritates conservatives, apparently. Also, I couldn’t let the title go to waste. And reading about Santorum decrying misogyny is fascinating.)

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If Santorum saw that video his head would likely assplode. I agree with you about porn and I would like nothing better than some protections for the workers (International Brotherhood of Fluffers #309?) but Santorum and his ilk can go [censor] themselves.

I’m sure this’ll end up being an interesting discussion, but I just wanted to say that my childhood tortoise, Kilroy, used to do that to my dad’s shoes regularly if they were left within humping reach. He wasn’t a screamer, though. (He also loved watching soccer and snooker on telly—basically a sucker for large expanses of green.)

Anyhow, I just get the impression that Santorum’s version of “obscenity” involves folks talking about separation of church and state too passionately, if you know what I mean.

Not quite done yet. Didn’t I read the other week about Ricky boasting that he’d never shared a sofa with a woman other than his wife? Why, yes. Yes, I did.

This is probably pretty rad-lib of me, but our antiquated ideas about sex shame probably make things worse in terms of enforcement of reasonable health and safety laws in that industry. Also, I know Santorum would have issues with that video because the turtle knows it isn’t going to have shoe-babies. That’s just weird.

Santorum advert:

(Seated on a couch, alone)

Santorum: “I’m here to tell you that global warming is obviously a hoax. Give me one other reason that college educated scientists (sneer) would come up with a theory (makes scare quotes with fingers) that directly attacks the multi-billion-dollar international petroleum corporations.

....

....

Profit.

Thank you and good night.”

The Underpants Gnomes are alive and well and living in Rick Santorum’s head, where they regularly drill for shale oil and of course, amusement.

The shoe was faking it!  While I enjoyed the video, that tortoise didn’t have an alarming dong (warning- you can’t unsee this video).  “The Alarming Turtledongs” would be a great band name.

All right, who e-mailed “Two Girls and a Cup” to Rick Santorum?

With Obama’s socialist policies in place, those girls will never be able to afford their own cups!

I have real problems with some of the business end of porn and the exploitative nature of it on one hand

Someone should institute a review system for porn similar to that used to rate coffees.  Just as there is “bird safe” and “fair trade” coffee, there should be certified “coercion free” porn.

Comment by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 03/17/12 at 02:50 AM

I can imagine certain websites that Rick Santorum might wish to be able to censor.

Comment by Lancelot Link on 03/17/12 at 05:26 AM

Just so I’m clear, under Santorum, a Conservative shaking hands with a Liberal is porn, but a priest watching another priest molest a boy is okay?

Also, people should stop enjoying orgasms. What are we, dolphins?

Just as there is “bird safe” and “fair trade” coffee, there should be certified “coercion free” porn.

Awesome.

“I didn’t sit on the couch with anybody,” Santorum said. “I would only sit on the couch with my wife. Period. No other women – particularly not Nancy Pelosi.”

Charles Pierce has it right - this guy is just a colossal dick.  Yeah because sitting on a couch with a woman not your wife is exactly the same as doing it with her. 

And reading about Santorum decrying misogyny is fascinating

Yes indeed.

From the NY Daily News: “Ryan Keely, an adult film actress and sex advice columnist, said Santorum’s declared war on smut ‘is clearly an attempt to excite his conservative base.’”

Hmm…

From the NY Daily News: “Ryan Keely, an adult film actress and sex advice columnist, said Santorum’s declared war on smut ‘is clearly an attempt to excite his conservative base.’”

Ms. Keely may not have meant it this way, but she’s right.  Santorum gives people permission to think and talk about sex without feeling bad about it.  He’s the perfect president for a nation of Church Ladies.

It’s like Palin, back when she was sexualising every encounter between her family and the media. She’d make implications about voyeurism, sex with her 14-year-old, sex with her 10-year-old for god’s sake.  Or Rush and his pornographic fantasies about sluts.

What prudes love about people like Santorum and Palin and Rush is the way they can justify talking and thinking and even getting warm, tingly feelings about sex, and it’s not wrong because it’s those other people who are the sluts and voyeurs.

While I enjoyed the video, that tortoise didn’t have an alarming dong (warning- you can’t unsee this video). 

OMG!  My eyes!

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