Fox News Website Promotes Porn Site

An editorial on the new .xxx domain possibly coming out for porn sites reveals that the author doesn’t know what she’s talking about and she has inadvertently promoted a porn site. When I looked at the author credits, everything became clear: Penny Young Nance of Concerned Women for America.

First, let me show you how Penny has just promoted a porn site, and I’ve created a screenshot in case Fox or Penny wises up. Penny decided to give an example of how a porn site can lure your children in with both a .xxx domain and a .com domain. Per her example: “….hey were shocked to find out that this expansion does not mean that pornographers would be taken out of their regular “.com” domains. So now they can lure your children with “playwithcarly.com” and “playwithcarly.xxx.”

Now you may think Penny knows that playwithcarly.com is a real porn site until the next paragraph when she says, “This way pornographers can still try to get your children while they are looking for something else, say a game called “play with Carly” (following my fictional example above)…”  Penny says her example was ficitional. Try typing in playwithcarly.com into your browser and see what you come up with.

Yep, that’s what I come up with too. It’s redirected to a porn site for something called Josiejunior.com and I only clipped the top half of the masthead to show here. It’s porn alright.

So either Penny is somehow secretly working for Josiejunior.com or she is incompetent. I mean what is the first thing most men (if not curious women) are going to do when you present them with a website URL that is not linked and suggest it could be pornographic? Did she bother to check her fictional domain example?

Next, let’s address Penny’s qualified research that, “exposure to pornography is related to male sexual aggression against women…” As a man who occasionally looks at dirty pictures or has even drawn them I really get tired of this argument. The porn industry is a billion dollar industry–if porn created male aggression against women, and we’re referring mainly to either rape or domestic abuse because we can measure the physical damage, we would have a billion dollar problem. In other words, why does porn affect a minority of males versus the majority of males. It is the same tired argument made against horror movies, violent video games, comic books and heavy metal.

Penny’s research includes the American Psychological Association Task Force, Michael Flood, a respected Australian researcher, and The Supreme Court. I’ve addressed these in the Sidenotes below. She disregards evidence to the contrary such as the infamous Meese Report on pornography commissioned under what would be Penny’s hero President Ronald Reagan. The Meese Report was intended to reverse the findings that porn was harmless by the report commissioned by President Nixon. Instead, it confirmed that there was no known causal link between porn and male aggression. Per the site Sexual Intelligence which quotes the Meese Report: “The contribution of pornography to sexual deviance remains an open question.” It noted their data “do not support any causal link between readership of [‘men’s’] magazines and sexually aggressive behavior.” And it sourly acknowledged that “what role pornography plays in the construction of [aggressive sexual] fantasies remains to be answered.”

Penny goes on to attribute porn with a host of offenses, “The avalanche of pornography in our culture is a significant factor in many of the social problems we see today, including sexual and violent crimes, divorce, cohabitation and the objectification of women, among many others.”

That’s a hell of a lot of accusations towards porn. It may just be a bit more complicated. I would suggest the opposite in regards to overall crime and violence. Per Wiki: “The crime rate is measured by the number of offenses being reported per 100,000 people. While the crime rate had risen sharply in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, bringing it to a constant all-time high during much of the 1980s, it has declined steeply since 1993.”  And while we are apparently still on the top of the heap for homocide, per Wiki again: “The US homicide rate, which has declined substantially since 1991, is still among the highest in the industrialized world.”  Violence appears to be declining in the age of internet porn.

But how about domestic abuse and sexual abuse? In regards to domestic abuse against women, is it porn or is it simply a dysfunctional man who is an alcoholic or a drug addict or has deep psychological problems from his childhood? I’ve been around women who were domestically abused and from my own experience I am never surprised to hear that drugs are involved.  And if porn is the link to male rape, then for certain we need to end the Catholic church. Why? Because the Catholic priesthood has provided substantial evidence that priesthood causes men to rape little boys. Also, didn’t all of these priests read The Bible? Is there a causal link between The Bible and child rape?

I’m being facetious but the reason is because the conclusions of this Fox editorial are faulty. I would be willing to concede the evidence is still inconclusive, but my personal opinion is sexual repression causes men to act out not the viewing of sexually explicit entertainment. Certainly, every man regardless of crime status, likes to look at naked women and that’s my point. If the causal link for male aggression is porn then why aren’t we all abusing women? Why aren’t the majority of American men abusing women? It doesn’t make sense. And if you tell me the majority of men don’t look at porn…you are either a clueless woman or a lying man. Why else did Triple X Church start their ministry? They were well aware of Christian men looking at porn and of course all those Christian men are abusing their wives? No! Only a minority of them that have other problems.

Penny Young Nance and CWA make far too many assumptions on porn due their aversion to it. Could it be that most porn is simply silly entertainment exploiting our biological impulses? Could there also be a causal link between the decline in crime and violence to the increase in Internet porn? That may be stretching it but certainly I can make faulty conclusions too if Penny Nance does.

SIDENOTE 1: I looked up the American Psychological Association Task Force and they are the ones who also say violent video games cause kids to be aggressive/violent even as the number of violent games has increased. Again, crime and violence is declining.

What we have now is more exposure to the individual violent crimes from the media which creates an illusion of more violence. Thus school shootings are made to seem like they’re happening every day when there are very few of them. Penn and Teller did a Bullshit episode on violent video games and literally filmed a kid crying when he was giving the chance to use a real gun. Kids can separate fantasy violence from real violence, they’ve done it forever whether it is Cowboys and Indians or Grand Theft Auto. The same is true of most men who can separate the fantasy girl in the magazine from their potential mates. There will always be violent crimes and male aggression, but keep asking why it isn’t the majority and only a minority (who also have other issues in the mix) while sexual entertainment and violent media is rampant.

SIDENOTE 2: In regards to the sexualization of girls, there is no doubt in my mind that a girl who completely devotes herself to her looks and not her brain will either be blissfully ignorant as a kept pet or miserable. I also have no doubt that a woman who doesn’t embrace her sexuality will also be miserable. There has to be a balance. We’re sexual creatures who look at each other sexually. We do objectify but we do not do it completely except, again, for a scattered minority who can get away with it and probably are complete bastards.

Also, porn is one of the great equalizers when it comes to body identification. There is porn for every kind of female body you can imagine. In porn, women can be skinny or fat; they can have small breasts or large breasts; they can be of any race. Porn is not the same as the media glamour of reality shows and fashion models who tend to fit a certain ideal. Even the previous skinny white girl ideal has changed within our popular media. What’s the most popular reality show for women? The Kardashians! They ain’t white and they ain’t skinny–they’re buxom and full.

SIDENOTE 3: I don’t feel qualified to speak to Michael Flood’s research. I read his bio and my only comment would be that if CWA is accepting his research on the effects of porn on young people then they should also accept his research on homophobia. CWA, however, is bigoted against homosexuals and therefore Penny is really picking and choosing her research without regard to consistency. Flood is also described as a profeminist which sets off some alarms. I have no problem with moderate feminism but as with every movement there are extreme views and we know that the feminist movement historically has targeted porn in much the same way Christian fundamentalists have done. Try reading this article by a feminist who defends porn or better yet read the book Defending Porn by former ACLU president  Nadine Strossen.

SIDENOTE 4: In regards to the Supreme Court and obscenity, the definition of obscenity is constantly being debated. There is no clear definition except to look at societal standards and even then we have to be careful not to label minority political views or artwork as obscene. If porn is a billion dollar industry it seems obvious to me that our society does not consider it obscene–dirty, yes, but obscene implies it should be banned.

SIDENOTE 5: Lastly, I don’t object to parental control and I don’t pretend to understand all the effects explicit porn might have on kids or teenagers. I do know we tend to overreact, and how the viewing of certain body parts will scar us for life is a puzzle to me. Sexual abuse is not the same as a horny kid sneaking a peek at some woman’s nether regions or her boobs. I think CWA and authors like Penny Young Nance do a disservice to the discussion by oversimplifying the problem. When the abuse occurs, take a look at all the factors involved not just the porn.

SIDENOTE 6: Here’s the screenshot of the URL example by Penny in case it gets changed:

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