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The Washington Post posted an op-ed about a week ago with the title Is porn immoral? That doesn’t matter: It’s a public health crisis. The author is listed as follows: Gail Dines is a professor of sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and author of "Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality." To not put... Read More
Strange as it may be to say this, but the film San Andreas made me reflect on the nature of particular service sector professions, and their future, recently. It was typical for its genre. Very little plot or characterization (less than a week out I'm still vague on these aspects), and a lot of CGI.... Read More
Recently I was curious about what people were saying about the internet in 1994. I stumbled upon this article in The New York Times, Smut Ban Backed for Computer Net. Even the title strikes me as quaint. This seems to be describing an early version of the Communication Decency Act of 1996. Signed by Bill... Read More
The above figure displays results from males in the General Social Survey who answer yes to the proposition that they've watched a pornographic film over the past year. This fact was cited in my post Porn, rape, and a ‘natural experiment’, to disabuse people of the notion that porn consumption has increased radically the past... Read More
I've been commenting on internet porn for nearly 10 years. One reason is that as someone who graduated high school in the spring of 1995 I'm probably in the very last cohort of American males for whom pornography was an item subject to scarcity. Those who are 2-3 years younger already experienced a totally different... Read More
Porn Stars, Clad? They Seem to Appeal to Indonesian Filmgoers: This sort of "counter-intuitive" behavior makes total sense in light of the work reported in Paul Bloom's How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. People consume in a particular context. The hedonic experience can't be isolated from its history... Read More
Social conservative blogger Rod Dreher points me to this interview of a Left-wing sociologist on the malevolent influence of pornography on modern relationships. She has a book out, Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality. Her conclusion: A lot of the rest of the interview is going to, or not going to, make sense depending... Read More
This is making the rounds of the internet:This conversation is a window into the widely divergent worldviews of many conservative Christians in the United States from the rest of society. How many 11-year old boys are going to look for Playboy if they want porn today? Playboy isn't even considered porn by many today, I... Read More
Rod Dreher has a post about the The problem of pornography. My question: how is porn fundamentally different from fantasizing? Is it because of the shift toward bizarre fetish porn which rescales your perceptions of normal? I'm generally skeptical of anecdotal arguments about how porn is "changing everything." Because of my interest in Transhumanism and... Read More
Full-Figured Statuette, 35,000 Years Old, Provides New Clues to How Art Evolved. It's a story based on the new finding of a 35,000 year old "Venus". The sexually explicit aspects are kind of funny, but we've seen technologies such as VHS, DVD and web video streaming being driven by porn in the modern era. Perhaps... Read More
Tyler Cowen points me to an interesting paper, Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?. Here's an interesting map which shows states with high and low porn subscription rates (dark = high, light = low).Here's a table with the data, controlled for some variables.This part is amusing:Remember Pete Du Pont's op-ed, Gore Carries the... Read More
Just curious. I have a rough intuition. So I went to Porn stars by nationality on Wikipedia. I clicked the entries and tallied up the number of porn stars. I excluded English speaking countries since I figure that the listing would be biased that way because this is an English language encyclopedia. I created a... Read More
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