The War on Pornography in the US

Hey, guys! This is my first post. About a month ago, I wrote a Twitter thread complaining about a war against pornography in the US being waged in the shadows. I talk about a lot of stuff in it, but what I find most concerning are these resolutions being passed in individual US states declaring pornography a “health crisis”. Most of them are filled with benign, boilerplate fluff, but some of them are actually asking the federal government to crack down on NSFW content quite hard by doing the UK’s age verification scheme as well as criminalizing and banning everything that fails the Miller Test.
Anyway, what are your thoughts? Are they going to get their way? Or is this just a cynical and meaningless ploy to score political points?
My Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/Jamie_Foxworthy/status/1152122085470347264
TN Resolution: https://decencyusa.org/tn-house-passed-anti-pornography-resolution-calling-for-federal-action-what-now/
OH Resolution: https://decencyusa.org/ohio-resolution-calls-pornography-a-health-crisis-and-for-regulation-of-porn-on-the-internet/

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Thanks Jamie, and everyone should definitely check out his Twitter thread, which is a good one.

Another link you might find useful is the presentation from one of our Advisors, Ian O’Brian from the Free Speech Coalition, given at our launch event one year ago, in which he talks about the public health crisis resolutions. Ian is well-placed to talk about this because his background is in public health. Here’s the video:

I uh, have a bit of alarming news. Trump has nominated TWO fanatical anti-porn judges to the US Court of Appeals:

Still, I don’t know how we really fight back right now…

Every time a sexual revolution occurs, neo-puritan and anti-porn ideals rise up to snuff it out. The first noteworthy sexual revolution occurred in the 1850s and was ended by the 1930’s. Another one occurred in the late 1960s and would end by the 1980’s. Once more he had another sexual revolution in the 1990’s but it was ended by the early 2000’s. The current war on pornographic content is a result of the most recent neo-puritan resurgency. This is also and probably the most intense.

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So, what does that mean? Are they gonna win?

In the wise words of Jedi Master Yoda ‘‘uncertain the future is, know what will happen… we do not’’.

My generation ( Generation Z ) appears to be quite sexually liberal and our personal definition of pedophilia appears to be quite different from the mainstream definition of pedophilia which is perpetuated primarily by Baby Boomers and Generation Xers. Likewise, my generation still does not talk about these issues openly for 2 reasons. 1. It’s not a primary concern of ours and 2. There are no platforms to do so openly.

My generation ( Generation Z ) appears to be quite sexually liberal and our personal definition of pedophilia appears to be quite different from the mainstream definition of pedophilia which is perpetuated primarily by Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.

If it’s anything like the definition of pedophilia from tumblr and twitter then all is lost. People are going as far as pulling out calculator and calculating the frog-to-human years ratio to say that picture of frog holding a girl is child porn.

It should add older millennials onto that list of prudish generations as well.

I haven’t had much experience with Tumblr and Twitter definitions of child pornography but considering the manner in which I recently experienced Twitter’s ‘‘cancel culture’’ I will assume it’s bad. Tumblr banned all adult content but i’m allowed to talk about how cute Ponyboy Curtis was. On Reddit that is declared child pornography since it’s apparently impossible for anyone to be attractive to anyone before 18.

This article explains a few things.

There’s this. https://twitter.com/ncose/status/1175036141273264128?s=09

However, the findings of the President’s Commission on Obscenity and Pornography have never been debunked.

The fight is incessant.

One problem with the negative reports that needs to be addressed is the excessive cherry picking.

The escalation rhetoric needs to be directly addressed. I’d like to see more than just statements like this.

More. I’d like to see literature.

This statement appears accurate. The failure to moderate is the problem, not escalation. People typically compromise and moderate incessantly. Prohibiting access to porn and dolls won’t make a difference for those who choose to not moderate or for those who do moderate. Only activities that breach social boundaries are worthy of concern.

I forgot to leave this link.

Of course, Dr. Cantor nails it.

So, what does this all mean? Is sexual freedom in trouble?

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Yes, there is quite a fight to be waged or they’ll win by default.

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Any suggestions on how to address the escalation rhetoric?

My current position is that prohibiting content won’t deter those who don’t moderate anyway, so prohibiting harmless content will only infringe on the liberties of those who do moderate.

If escalation was as worthy of concern as prohibitionists claim, they could reason that nylon commercials and lingerie shops should all be prohibited. I see ankles; now, I want to see knees. Bathing suits could be outlawed.

Also, the escalation rhetoric mitigates blame of an offender. Such reasoning could be used to place partial blame on how the victim was dressed because of the emphasis on provocation.

Speculating that the escalation rhetoric were true, one has to wonder what the starting point is and whether such includes the ankles, knees or bathing suit attire. Considering escalation rhetoric, one might wonder how humanity handles any liberties at all. The rhetoric assumes folks won’t regard the law as a deterrence and that folks won’t feel regard for the well being of others enough to regulate.

We need for someone to publish an article that addresses the absurdities of the escalation rhetoric.

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We mention this example in our blog post about purity policing in fandom, which is out tomorrow! Keep an eye out for it.

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But, the problem is that there’s like NO lawmakers that are willing to defend us, because they don’t want to look bad for defending “dirty” things. This is why FOSTA/SESTA passed almost unanimously.

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Of course, neither Republican or Democrat politicans are willing to talk about our sex laws and sexual issues because it’s ‘‘career suicide’’ and ‘‘no one wants to hear that stuff’’.

The common mistake “sex is dirty and shameful” has plagued the society too long. People are taught that and avoid discussing even when the situation goes severe. They should know that “policies and laws about sex” are not “details of how to sex”, and only the latter are possible (not absolute, just possible) to be sexual harassment. If not enough lawmakers wake up soon enough, the disaster will cost our liberty and even the future of real children.

This is why i have such high hopes for generation Z