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|Subject: So much for unbiased moderators...
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Date Posted: 23:48:31 11/19/02 Tue
In reply to:
's message, "And do you think pornography is "something in moderation" ????" on 23:13:09 11/19/02 Tue
The link you posted is a propaganda site for the religious right. They survive by creating fear in the hearts and minds of everyone they can, for the sake of pushing an illogical belief system which people would never accept under objective circumstances. Consider if you will, some of the statements on this site:
-- "Boys and Girls that have lost their innocence by viewing pornography at an early age." Children are not sexless and innocent. They have exhibited curiosity about human sexuality long before pornography was readily available.
-- "Wives of men preoccupied with pornography and the sex industry." Like all compulsions, people fixate on behaviors because of fear, low self-esteem, and a negative self-image, realities which are perpetuated by right wing Christian groups and puritanical societies, not the intrinsic content of the material in question. People also fixate on celebrities. Should they too be outlawed? Should we eliminate Jodie Foster? She seems to be a common theme among troubled men.
-- "Women are being treated with disrespect and sexually abused." Women have been treated with disrespect and abused for centuries. long before pornographic material was available. Pornography is therefore obviously not the cause of this. The cause of this is the belief that some people are less deserving than others -- that some of us are "losers." When we recognize the inherent dignity and self-worth of each individual, including the rights of these people to express their sexual feelings in a way that they desire to, such social problems are eliminated.
-- "Young women trapped in an industry that treats them as mere sex objects." This statement consists of two fallacies:
1. that women are trapped in this industry. People are responsible for their own choices. They have to sign release forms in order to appear in sexually explicit films and videos. There are abuses, just as there are abuses in any type of business. Should we outlaw corporations because we have a few Enrons in the mix?
2. It is wrong to look at people as sex objects. We objectify everyone around us on a daily basis, from our mailman to our grocer. We interact with them within the context of our given relationship. This does not mean that we are denying them of any humanity apart from these roles.
3. Children used for the satisfaction of their fathers, stepfathers, etc. Statistics actually show that rates of intergenerational incest are highest in religious homes in which there is a great deal of shame and guilt associated with the sexual act. When people associate shame and guilt with normal emotions, they often act out aggressively against innocent bystanders in compulsive ways. This has nothing to do with pornography. Such activities flourish in the Middle East, for example, where such materials are severly restricted.
4. Young men are exposed to a false image of sexuality. Who decides what image of sexuality is appropriate and true? This is where the fundamentalist Christians seek to impose their values on others. Are we so gullible as young adults that we are completely incapable of sorting out fantasy from reality? Should we ban movies featuring spaceships and flying broomsticks, in order that we might present our young people with a truer image of reality?
I could go on, but I think I've made my point! It is amazing that when Christians think of moral issues, they invariably fixate on sex. They don't think about animal rights, or envionmental concerns. These aren't considered moral dilemmas at all. They actually do the opposite. They align themselves to political parties with ideals that destroy the environment and pillage our natural resources. Not very moral at all!
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