A few good articles: Bloomberg Article & Gloria Steinem

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Let’s begin with Michael Marois’ Bloomberg Businessweek article posted yesterday entitled, Porn Makers Fighting Condom Rule as California Pushes Protection.

There is a quote from Michael Weinstein of AIDS Healthcare Foundation; a very interesting admission:

“Part of our effort is about promoting safe sex and we think that this is a bad influence,” foundation President Michael Weinstein said in a telephone interview. “We can’t and don’t want to control the content of the films in terms of any speech, but as a public-health entity, we are promoting safer sex and we’ve gotten more publicity about condoms from this campaign around porn than anything else we could have ever done.”

I posted it on my Tumblr with the added commentary, “Proving that they are trying to inhibit the free speech of others for no other reason than to create publicity for their own message.”

Thank you, Mr. Weinstein, for your transparency.

Criminalization equals less safety for performers. If you want to actually protect people, you increase their choices. You do not take choices away.

AB-332 is being heard before the Appropriations Committee this morning at 9am. Listen here!

Speaking of Tumblr, Ann Oui wrote a wonderful article entitled, Gloria Steinem: Porn Etymologist.

When asked if she thought Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer should “take it upon herself to crack down more stringently on Tumblr’s porn and ‘thinspiration’ sites,” Steinem responded, “Yes.”

“Mayer’s responsibility isn’t just about her being a woman. It’s not about biology, it’s about consciousness. If you are a civil rights person, you don’t want to further racist literature, and if you are concerned about anti-Semitism, then you don’t want to further that kind of literature either. Porn and erotica aren’t the same thing. Porne means female slave, and it isn’t about sex — it’s about violence against women.”

Ann Oui’s brilliant response? Read it here (NSFW). ;)


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8 Comments

  1. Appears to me that Weinstein cares more about publicity than the cause his organization claims they are about. Here’s an idea, how about AHF put up the money for a condom PSA to precede a porn flick, instead of the b.s. they’re trying to do. It may not be the best idea but at least it makes more sense than what they’re doing so far.

  2. They have the money. I agree. In fact, a company started creating PSAs to encourage people to engage in safe sex practices as a result of the condom mandate. Seems like a much more practical way to go. Criminalization of an industry does not equal safety!

  3. Gloria Steinem ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Steinem ) has had plenty of laudable ideals in her day, but she is just as likely to stray out of her depth in other areas of whimsy (projection) idealism.

    Are we to believe because Gloria fights for some women’s rights it is for her to decide what is Erotica and what is Pornography? Gloria, dear, Erotica–like Beauty–is in the eye of the beholder.

    And whom is “Exploiting” whom? Is the model (Derek Jeter’s girlfriend Hannah Davis in the Bloomberg link below) taking money to pose for FHM magazine being exploited, or are the college boys actually paying the money for the magazine to look at Hannah’s pictures the ones being exploited. Or both? Do they still use girls in ads to sell cars to boys?

    I got a laugh after I read the Bloomberg article, because down at the bottom of the Bloomberg page I found this Rant Sports link to “Awesome Pictures Of Derek Jeter’s Girlfriend (
    http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/02/23/15-awesome-pictures-of-derek-jeters-girlfriend/?utm_source=Taboola&utm_medium=referral ).”

    And from there are more links to the “100 Hottest Cheerleaders” and all sorts of links to nice mainstream decent flesh photography.

    Back in 1960 today’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue would have been sold under the counter as pornography (yes, SI sneaks in the exposed female nipple every once in awhile). I know as I type this somewhere in this land of 300 million is a teenage boy masturbating over a Sports Illustrated. Facts of Life.

    And to think when I was a kid the only things we could get our hands on were the Sears & Roebuck’s catalog bra & panties section and real topless native African women in National Geographics (ever wonder why so many white christian men have sex fantasies of black pagan women that drives them to confess their guilt feelings to their priests–National Geographics).

    In some people’s minds the only difference between Derek Jeter’s girlfriend’s mainstream pictorial and pornography is that she keeps her top on. And 13 year-old boys never have a problem using their imaginations to fill in the blanks. Not on the computer, not in a magazine and not at the beach with your daughters–their brains are hard-wired that way the same way we are hard-wired to flee from perceived danger. It’s human nature and you cannot legislate instincts (and survival of the species) out of us.

    I don’t want Equality for Women, Gloria!

    Equality for women means they don’t get to have their own professional basketball league and that they only get to play professionally if they can make the “Men’s” teams. And men cannot carry and give birth to their own progeny. So a compromise must always be made within the paradigms of male and female natural instincts. Or you end up with a Neurotic Society who are more worried about what their neighbors are doing in their own bedrooms then they are that their children’s futures have been outsourced to China. You allow the very people selling you out to distract you with Morality issues. Divide and Conquer.

    “Whenever women have insisted on absolute equality with men, they have invariably wound up with the dirty end of the stick. What they are and what they can do makes them superior to men, and their proper tactic is to demand special privileges, all the traffic will bear. They should never settle merely for equality. For women, “equality” is a disaster.”—Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

    “All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly, which can — and must — be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a “perfect society” on any foundation other than “Women and children first!” is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly — and no doubt will keep on trying.”—Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

    The only thing I disagree with here, Gloria Steinem, is the starry-eyed idealists now have the Equality of no longer all of them being male. Welcome to the Boys’ Idealists Club.

  4. I posted a comment and it went bye bye. Am I blocked?

  5. No. Site’s been glitchy lately. I probably need to update it, which is a whole thing unto itself. :o It’s doing the same thing to me!

  6. @Dale: I had some real problems the other day with WordPress dumping me off to a “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” page not only when I tried to hit “Post Comment” but when I tried to “confirm” in my emails the little “Notify Me” boxes below.

    I tried several times and kept getting kicked out to that “cannot display webpage” page.

    I jumped over to a different browser and had no problem. I’m not sure WordPerfect likes Internet Explorer.

    You “might” have run into a similar problem.

    Before you click on “Post Comment” here or anywhere else, highlight your comment &hit Ctrl C and stash it somewhere you can retrieve it with Ctrl V. Or take the chance of losing your work to the Cyber Black Hole.

    @Lydia: Actually just as I hit “Post Comment” a couple of minutes ago it again kicked me out to “cannot display webpage.”

    Maybe this time was because I was attempting to post at the exact same time that you just posted making it a simple bandwidth error.

    Let’s See if this one gets through…

  7. Okay… It was a WordPress problem. It was a problem on all my blogs: losing text, comments, etc.

    So far, it’s looks like it’s been fixed.

  8. Thank you @Dawson and Ms. Lee. I use Safari on a Mac so I guess it was just a Word Press problem. Sorry for the confusion on my part.

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