The Phony War On Pornography

Posted in Katin/IPCRESS Blog, Mind Control by Katin on January 9, 2008

Written by Katin for IPCRESS Blog

There was a brief struggle against the porn industry during the 70s. Led by elements of the Feminist movement, they correctly saw this as a sexual/political issue. Andrea Dworkin, one of the most vocal anti-porn Feminists, produced some influential material analyzing the porn culture, but her work was largely undermined by her strident Anti-Male message which led her effort off-track. The problem, of course, wasn’t “Men,” but the Establishment and its plan to promote porn culture for specific political-cultural purposes. The Feminists appeared to be using the issue of pornography merely as a means to attack Men. This greatly minimized the effectiveness of their argument and blinded them to the coming assault being prepared by the Establishment.

As the 70s came to a close, the porn industry saw itself sitting on the edge of an enormous boom. This boom was to be driven by the emerging video industry, which at this time was still in its infancy. Early videotape machines for consumers were still over $1,000, but with the invention of the cheaper VHS format, they knew it wasn’t going to be long before these prices would fall considerably. By the end of the 80s, the industry had settled on the VHS format, machines were affordable, and the pornographic video industry began to hit its stride. But, in order to make this happen, it was necessary to brush aside the remnants of any Feminist opposition. This was cleverly accomplished by transforming the debate on porn, rather than changing anything about pornography itself.

For several decades, pornography was seen as a Womans’ issue. A sexual issue. It was capable of producing certain social and psychological effects and was considered exploitive and tasteless. By the end of the 80s, the Establishment had been able to change this from a debate on Sexuality to a debate on Freedom of Speech. Suddenly, pornography was a civil rights issue! And the government was able to establish itself as pornography’s staunchest defender. Probably the most illustrative Puppet Theater put on for the masses was the series of lawsuits involving Larry Flynt and Hustler Magazine. Flynt was lionized in the 1997 movie, The People vs. Larry Flynt, which depicted him as fighting against the government and for the rights of ordinary Americans. This highly-romanticized history starred an especially engaging Woody Harrelson as a cute and mischievous Flynt fighting assassins and the Supreme Court. His most famous cases had nothing to do with pornography, however. The Falwell Case was about a libel charge, as was the case involving Kathy Keaton in 1976. His other highly-publicized case was in 1983 relating to his refusal to name a source for the John Delorean/FBI surveillance tapes which he had. Other issues arose out of Flynt’s courtroom antics. His endless battle with First Ammendment issues was merely one method which was later exploited to convince people that the real “problem” with pornography was the Constitutional rights of the pornographer to produce and market this material. The nature of what pornography IS was no longer a matter for discussion. The Feminists had not only been obliterated as a threatening force, but their decimated ranks had now been infiltrated by the outstandingly foolish “Sex-Positive Femisnists,” who maintained that they had every “right” to enjoy pornography as Men did, and that this entertainment was somehow empowering and liberating. With the opposition now so thoroughly undermined, the porn industry was able to consolidate support within the political and business sectors and raise production to levels never imagined back in the 50s and 60s. At one point during the 90s it was claimed that first-time VCR owners chose a porn movie as their initial rental 75% of the time. Even the decision between Beta and VHS was made on the basis of demands set by the enormous porn-video industry (VHS tape had a much higher Fast Forward speed than Beta: an important feature for viewing porn.)

With the Feminists out of the picture, the Establishment was able to move the “Porn Debate” to more religious grounds. Now, anyone trying to voice objections to the highly-protected porn industry is immediately labeled a “Puritan” or a “Religious Moralist.” Of course, the Religious Right have long been dupes for the Establishment, so the “debate” and any possible opposition was now safely contained. These days, any argument against porn has to be twisted into the pre-arranged context provided by politicians, pornographers themselves, or other Establishment stooges; which is that the nature of pornography is simply NOT up for discussion. The socio-political implications of pornography are NOT up for discussion. Of course, any discussion of Aesthetics and taste is entirely NOT up for discussion. All that IS up for discussion are the First Ammendment rights of the pornography industry.

And behind this obviously staged debate between the phony libertines and the religious extremists is a government which has wholeheartedly supported the porn empire every step of the way.

This essay is reprinted from my other blog, for anyone who cares.

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