Female Porn Star as Radical Change Agent

Pornography is a cultural force in America, moving out of the shady blue light cinemas that housed “classics” like Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones into the living rooms of every Internet-equipped household in the country. The mainstreaming of pornography has come in different ways, from the industry’s depiction in pop culture films like Boogie Nights and Orgazmo, to the foray of certain superstar actresses like Jenna Jameson, Traci Lords, and Sasha Grey into the afternoon talk show circuit, sitcoms and films. Dating porn stars has become a glamorous resume enhancer for some of America’s bad boys; there’s Charlie Sheen and his fling with Bree Olson, the bizarre item of Marylin Manson (a dude) and Jenna Jameson, and other salacious couples. Hell, even Carlton from the Fresh Prince got himself a little X-rated nookie. It’s not all sunshine and dildos, though – Tiger Woods‘ little tiger got him into a heap of trouble with his endorsers when he bagged adult film harlots Devon James and Holly Sampson. But overall, if you’re a famous entertainer it’s all good if you nail a pro in your spare time.

There was a time when the porn industry was frowned upon by feminists, because it degraded and objectified women, as the argument went. In a recent turnabout, however, many feminists are starting to argue that pornography is liberating women from sexual oppression, breaking stereotypes about gender roles, and allowing women to exert sexual power over men. A great article at PJTV explores some of this territory, with a particular focus on it-girl phenomenon Sasha Grey.

One of the first things that turned me on to the influence of pornography on the broader culture was an interview of Grey on the Tyra show. While Banks chides the porn actress for her profession, it is quite noticeable that she is self-servingly attempting to draw some distance between her own modeling profession and the porn industry. Whether female modeling, as it is modernly undertaken, and pornography are that far apart ethically is a matter up for dispute.

As a libertarian, I could care less what adults choose to do with their bodies.  But it is one thing to make an ethical argument about whether or not people should be doing something, and enacting laws for the government to do something about it. This is probably what separates libertarians and conservatives the most on such issues: What is the role of the government? The libertarian argument is that you do more harm than good over the long term allowing the government to decide what individuals can do with their bodies.

As Sasha Grey explains in the video, she feels “empowered” by that she does. But the reason her profession exists is because of capitalism. That is an unavoidable conclusion to draw, even for feminists in denial over the merits of capitalism. Sasha is in the porn industry to make money, and it is that occupation that is breaking down cultural barriers and gender stereotypes. It is similar to sports, where race matters not at all in deciding whether or not someone gets a contract. Capitalism is a force that breaks down traditional gender roles, racism, and other patterns of authority.

But progressives detest capitalism even as they claim credit for its social effects. This is not unusual for the left. They fail to recognize that one of the only reasons that America has been a fairly civilized country for over 200 years has been because of individual rights, as embedded in the Bill of Rights in The Constitution. They cannot appreciate that the vision of the slave-owning Jefferson as expressed in The Declaration of Independence is the embodiment of equality and freedom and can be directly traced to such events as the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage. It is no far leap in imagination to trace the connection further to the tolerance of women’s participation in the porn business.

Progressives have to believe that they personally are the harbingers of progress, ever pushing things to extremes.  It is not good enough to say that human beings should be equal under the law; instead, progressives have to try to get the state to force everything to be equal, even if that means the government becomes the most glaringly unequal institution of all.

Conservatives have been trying to talk sense into the left by pointing out that things cannot be equal if the government has unchecked power and the majority rules.  Progressives do not even seem to get, as they call endlessly for more “democracy,” that they are outnumbered by conservatives. So the left has resorted to both trying to democratize the government, abuse institutions like public education, and manipulate the culture to condition people for the radically egalitarian societies of their imagination.  This paradoxically leads them not only to endorse such agendas as feminism, which once decried the objectification and humiliation of women in porn, but then to try to use pornography as a way to break down gender roles in society; and then to even use it mysogynistically as a political weapon against female conservative enemies!

An example of the left’s attempt to capture every institution in the country and use it as a political weapon is a recent fairly well-known porn series denigrating Sarah Palin called Who’s Nailin’ Paylin. Produced by Hustler video, which is run by the notoriously anti-social conservative Larry Flynt, the series puts the former VP candidate in a number of unsavory positions, and none of them presidential – unless you’re a Clinton intern, that is. But could anyone see Hillary Clinton, God help us all, slandered in such fashion? Dennie Wasserman-Schultz anyone? For the love of everything holy, Nancy Pelosi?

The answer is no. Much like everything else in American culture, if you are on the right side of political correctness, you are virtually untouchable. If you are on the wrong side, it’s open season.

Pornography has grown in influence in America, like Hollywood, rock music, and professional sports in earlier eras. The progressives’ Gramscian game plan is to seize every institution and use it to remake America as they see fit.

The sex industry is no different.

Advertisements

One thought on “Female Porn Star as Radical Change Agent

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s