Pornography & Porn Addiction

Porn, Penn & Teller—and Me

The War On Porn is featured on the season opener of Penn & Teller’s show. You can see a brief preview here. The show airs on Showtime every evening from this Thursday through Monday, and is also available On Demand. Oh yes, the episode features me! The guys are staunchly anti-censorship and pro-sexual expression. The episode is about debunking common ideas about porn—ideas many people think are facts, but which aren’t. The most common, of course, is that consuming porn causes men to destroy their relationships, commit crime, and hate themselves. The supposed proof? Your local rapist, child molester, unfaithful…

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A Judge’s Porn: America’s Latest Obsession

A judge owns a car and drives it legally. Should she be allowed to preside over a trial that will determine if a car was used illegally? A judge collects guns, even displays his collection on his website. Should he be allowed to preside over a trial that will decide if a gun was used illegally? A judge belongs to a religion which believes that masturbation is a sin, using pornography is a form of infidelity, and sexual purity is the battleground between God and Satan. Should he be allowed to preside over a trial that will establish if something’s…

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Memo to Indiana: Porn=Shakespeare=Free Speech

Count Indiana among the hated Axis of Evil. In countries like North Korea, Iran, and Libya, individuals and organizations have been required to register communication tools like modems and cell phones with the government. Such countries want to know exactly who has the capacity to express “dangerous” ideas. The state of Indiana has recently added itself to this illustrious honor roll. The legislature has passed a law requiring businesses to register and pay a $250 fee if they sell any “sexually explicit material.” That would include Salinger’s “Catcher In the Rye,” episodes of “NYPD Blue” the FCC has labeled indecent,…

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Stealing Rights From the Federal Government

Most American kids grow up knowing that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the law. While the Supes take only a small number of cases each year, they provide the final possible appeal for those whose rights are stolen by local governments and corporate bullies. While not perfect, it’s a wonderful system—which a Utah Congressman proposes to dismantle. Yes, Rep. Chris Cannon has sponsored “The Pornography Jurisdiction Limitation Act.” This would strip all federal courts, including the Supreme Court, of the right to decide whether a state or local pornography law unconstitutionally limits the freedom of expression. That’s…

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“Morality In Media” Trashes Their Hotel Room

The President of Morality in Media, Robert Peters, has thrown yet another hissy fit. He demands to know when Bill Marriott (yes, THE Mr. Marriott) is going to stop offering pay-for-view adult films in hotels across the country. In an open letter, Peters says he stayed at Marriotts in Massachusetts and California last month and was shocked—shocked! With the attention to detail of a good lover, he lists eighteen titles (like “Please Pump My Wife,” “Slutty Older Women”) that he had the option of renting in his room. Ironically, Peters spent more time documenting the porn than many people spend…

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Parents, Porn Isn’t the Problem

If porn were the problem, we’d all be in big trouble. Because there’s more porn out there than ever. And there’s more porn hysteria than ever. It’s a PornPanic, fed by a 24/7 machine of “morality” groups, crime shows, right wing talk shows, misguided neo-feminists, and everyday wives and husbands whose relationships are struggling while porn sites prosper. For example, America just finished WRAP—White Ribbon Against Pornography Week. (It used to be Pornography Awareness Week, until porn retailers started using it as a marketing slogan to increase sales. Now that’s guerrilla theatre worthy of Paul Krassner.) Like all anti-porn efforts,…

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