Pornography & Porn Addiction

Is Porn to Blame for the Economic Collapse?

The Wall Street Journal called me for an interview yesterday. In South Africa, everything that goes wrong is blamed on a half-century of apartheid. In the Arab world, everything is blamed on Israel and the Jews. And in America, everything is blamed on internet pornography. Since 2000, “morality” groups, cynical politicians, misinformed feminists, and lazy journalists have claimed that internet porn was causing America’s ills: destroying marriages, tearing apart families, causing violence. These folks were—and continue to be—blissfully, willfully ignorant of the facts: that while America was being flooded with internet pornography, the rates of divorce, suicide, rape, and child…

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George Carlin’s 7 Words The Government Couldn’t Handle

George Carlin died this week at the age of 71. Most people would call him a comedian, and indeed he was—22 albums, 14 HBO specials. In 1975, he was the very first host of Saturday Night Live. But his legacy involves something much darker and more serious than that, affecting every American alive today. In 1973, one of Carlin’s routines (“Seven Dirty Words”) was broadcast on a non-commercial FM station—WBAI, known for its lefty politics and progressive artsy ideas. After a listener complained to the FCC about the “dirty words” (one listener!), the FCC reprimanded the station owner. The Pacifica…

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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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