The #GOP has a Porn-Problem: They Like It; Produce it and Refuse to Admit That Their Particular Folk ‘Need It’

The Myth?

GOP platform declares pornography ‘public health crisis’ – CNNPolitics.com – Cleveland (CNN)The Republican Party will declare internet pornography a “public health crisis” under an amendment added to the draft party platform Monday at preliminary meetings in Cleveland.
North Carolina delegate Mary Frances Forrester successfully proposed the amendment in a subcommittee of the platform committee Monday morning.

“The internet must not become a safe haven for predators,” the provision states. “Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being. We applaud the social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which closely linked to human trafficking.”
The amendment passed with little debate.

GOP congressman introduces bill to stop feds from watching porn on taxpayer’s dime | Washington Examiner – Rep. Mark Meadows introduced legislation Wednesday that would prevent federal employees from viewing pornography on the taxpayer’s dime.

The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act aptly shares its initials with the government agency that drew attention to the problem of staff watching pornographic videos at work, the Environmental Protection Agency. An inspector general report released last year revealed an EPA official was caught with thousands of downloaded pornographic files on his government computer and had watched up to six hours of porn a day while on the job. The employee wasn’t fired.

“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites,” Meadows said. He is chairman of the operations subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The Hard Reality?

That the GOP rightwingers hate porn is no surprise. They hate anything that encourages sexual desire. Until recently, vibrators were banned in a number of Southern states.

What is surprising is that the Republican rightwingers see a “crisis” in the vast new interest in porn, now that sexual images can be streamed on smartphones. Of course, children under 18 shouldn’t be downloading porn.

But for adults over 18, with a lively interest in porn, is this a crisis?

I’ve just finished a book about the history of the adult entertainment industry. The manuscript is in the hands of my agent. So I’m very clear about the role of porn in US society today. And for the designers of the Republican platform, there are three points to make:

1. Adult entertainment is not the same thing as “child porn.” In fact there is no overlap.  The adult industry has a whole agency designed to hunt down and stamp out child porn.  So this is bait-and-switch for the Republican Right: baiting us with child porn as a social evil (no debate out that), then switching us to adult porn as a related evil that also must be stamped out. Millions of people worldwide enjoy these adult images in the privacy of their living rooms. We’re going to tell them we’re banning it? This will make Prohibition look like an attempt to change the parking regulations.

 

 
Cavuto’s news peg: Porn star’s attendance at GOP fundraiser = more pole-dancing on Your World – Just before adult film actress Mary Carey was to attend a March 16 fundraising dinner given by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Fox News host Neil Cavuto interviewed Carey about her professed intention to run for California governor for a second time in the upcoming election. But before hosting Carey on Your World, Cavuto teased the interview with video footage of Carey dressed in a French maid’s uniform performing a pole dance.

Over video footage of Carey pole-dancing, Cavuto informed viewers, “Her political platform included taxing breast implants and making lap dances tax deductible. But before you laugh at porn star Mary Carey, remember this: She placed 10th of 135 candidates running for California governor. Wait ’til you hear what she’s up to now.”

As Media Matters for America has previously noted, Victoria’s Secret and Playboy models, along with other adult-oriented entertainers, are a staple on Your World. During the December 14, 2005, broadcast of the show, Cavuto reported on NBC’s decision to remove a video of Pamela Anderson pole-dancing during a December 12 special on Elton John. Cavuto played the video that NBC censored, declaring that while the video was “too hot” for NBC, it was “[n]ot for [Fox News]!”
 

 
Report: Republicans Get Hard for Cucks – Earlier this week, GOP delegates came together to declare pornography a “public health crisis” and life-destroying “menace.” In unrelated news, and according to data from popular adult website xHamster, red states can’t stop searching for cuckold porn. For those unfamiliar, a cuckold or “cuck” is, in its simplest form, a man whose wife is cheating on him. There are, however, heavy racial connotations to the term, with the “cuck” often portrayed as a weak white man surrendering his wife to a stronger, more powerful black man. The term has since been co-opted by the alt-right movement as a blanket insult for less overtly racist Republicans and RINOs, otherwise known as “cuckservatives.
 

 
Bush fete with porn starto raise $23 mil for GOP – WASHINGTON – Pornographer Mark Kulkis says tonight’s presidential fund-raiser, which includes him and his date, XXX porn star Mary Carey, will make pop-culture history. But the National Republican Congressional Committee seems more intent on using President Bush’s $2,500-a-plate speech to make political fund-raising history. Congressional Republicans expect to add at least $23 million to their party campaign funds at the event featuring the president. The National Republican Congressional Committee raised at least $14 million for House Republicans through the gala, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee took in $9 million. At least 5,000 people were expected to attend the $2,500-per-ticket dinner at the Washington Convention Center. The House GOP dinner donors include adult film executive Kulkis, who plans to take porn actress and former California gubernatorial candidate Carey, who says she will stage a fashion show and news conference to display her dinner outfit before the gala. Meanwhile, White House spokesman Scott McClellan yesterday refused to answer questions about the attendance of the porn star and her boss at the presidential dinner. WorldNetDaily’s White House correspondent, Les Kinsolving, asked McClellan about the controversy, but the spokesman deflected the questions, referring WND to the organization sponsoring the event, the National Republican Congressional Committee. Two weeks ago, McClellan said he hadn’t looked that far ahead in the president’s schedule and pleaded ignorance of the event.
 

 
Mary Carey and the Pro-High Life Republicans

On “Countdown” last night, Mary Carey revealed just what went down at the NRCC dinner she attended this week. And, really, she never thought it would happen to her:

CAREY: I think they can drink just as much [as porn stars]. There were some really drunk guys by the end of the night. I was getting propositions to have threesomes with wives or mistresses. I was offered money from oil tycoons! I mean, it‘s pretty exciting. I didn‘t take any money and I didn‘t do any threesomes, but it was pretty—I was just surprised. I thought everyone would be stuck up and no one was going to like me. And everyone loved me and got drunk and took pictures with me. So I want to keep going to Republican events. I‘m a fully converted Republican now.

So that’s what they’re calling it these days.

By the way, the far left corners of the blogosphere have been crowing Carey’s appearance at the dinner will prove to be a “messaging disaster” for the GOP, tarnishing their pro-family image, muddying their morality machine, and in general reminding average Americans that Republicans are hypocritical hedonists who get squeamish about gay marriage but love the idea of threesome with a porn star.

 

 
SEXUAL POLITICS – Bush dinner’s porn star: I’m a praying Christian – Mary Carey, the buxom porn star slated to dine with President Bush at a GOP fund-raiser Tuesday, says despite her racy occupation, she’s still a Christian, and has her own aspirations of winning the presidency in the future.

“I read the Bible and pray every night,” Carey told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview.

The 24-year-old actress will accompany her boss, pornographer Mark Kulkis of Kick A– Pictures, at “The 2005 President’s Dinner and Salute to Freedom,” costing $2,500 a plate and hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“We’re not the freakish demons people make us out to be,” said Kulkis. “I’m not a creep with a coke spoon around his neck. I’m a regular guy.”

But the idea of the president of the United States rubbing elbows with pornographers is shocking to some, including Rev. Don Wildmon, chairman of the American Family Association.

“The reason these people are doing this is for publicity and to embarrass Bush,” Wildmon told WND. “I think the Republicans can survive this, but they need to go public with an explanation. They need to exclude them or withdraw the invitation. Just doing nothing is the worst thing they can do.”

Having just received her plane ticket from Los Angeles to the nation’s capital, Carey said she’s excited about the possibility of speaking personally with the commander in chief.
 

 
Porn star says GOP drunks hit on her – WASHINGTON – Triple-X porn star Mary Carey, who last night dined for the second year in a row with Republican bigwigs at a fund-raiser featuring President Bush, says some drunken GOP activists “hit on her” at such events.

While the National Republican Congressional Committee had no problem taking money from Cary and her pornographer escort, the hard-core starlet complained that other members of the GOP wouldn’t allow her to attend a luncheon last week in the capital.

She told Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto yesterday she thinks some in the party are “afraid of me because, you know, they think that they might lose a lot of their voters because I know that a lot of the Republican voters were, you know, really strong Christians.”

Asked how the Republicans treat her personally, she replied: “Well, the women were kind of snobby with me on the phone. They were like, ‘I understand that Mary Carey wants to attend the dinner.’ But, the guys in the NRCC are very, very nice. I signed autographs for the Secret Service last time I was there. I’ve gotten hit on by lots of drunk Republicans.”

She declined to provide names.
 

 
Why red-state conservatives are the biggest porn hounds – Salon.com

But online search traffic from behind closed doors in Jesusland suggests that the bad, nasty, sexual impulses righteous believers are trying so hard to shut down may be their own. And if Google search patterns mean anything, they’re not succeeding too well: studies consistently demonstrate that people in conservative religious states search for adult materials online far more often than people in blue states.

Ever since Freud first started publishing his theories, psychologists have had a fascination with what he called “defense mechanisms“:

  • Denial means simply refusing to acknowledge that some event or pattern is real.
  • Repression involves pushing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings to the far recesses of the subconscious mind.
  • Reaction formation is saying or doing the opposite of what you really want but won’t allow yourself to express.
  • Projection means assuming that others share the impulses, feelings, and vices that you find unacceptable in yourself.

Freud had a lot of ideas that haven’t withstood the test of time or the scientific method, but defense mechanisms have stuck, in part because they are so useful for explaining some of humanities’ more bizarre behaviors. Like, perhaps, the conservative obsession with controlling everyone else’s sexual behavior.

 

 
Porn Industry: Blame the GOP for the ‘Public Health Crisis,’ Not Us! – The Daily Beast

When Utah declared porn a hazard to public health, some people found the idea absurd but it was easy to shake off and dismiss as a Beehive State eccentricity. Now Republican delegates are proposing to amend their GOP platform to further condemn adult entertainment, making it a national issue. The amendment states: “Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace…”

Porn isn’t a contagious disease lurking about online trying to expose and infect wholesome American families, and it shouldn’t be treated like that, either. Sex and pornography are part of our culture; let’s not ban access and make it even more alluring to curious pubescent teens. Young people don’t have to watch porn to see sex.

Sexualized images are a large part of mainstream media, television, and ads. HBO’s most popular show, Game of Thrones, consists of equal parts violence and shocking sex scenes (heck, the show even employs numerous porn stars). Based on a series of books aimed primary at young adults, it’s not surprising that adults aren’t the only ones watching. Parents are supposed to dictate whether or not children have access to certain TV shows or the internet but it’s also up to them to explain that like Game of Thrones, porn is fantasy.

 

 
GOP war on porn: The same party that nominated a libertine for president is now calling your porn a “public health crisis” – Salon.com – While the final draft of the 2016 Republican platform won’t be finalized until next week, the drafting committee’s meeting is public and reporters have been sending out a steady stream of reports on platform items approved by the committee and therefore likely to be made the official party positions next week.

The list so far is a grab bag of right-wing obsessions, urban legends, and bigotries, one that would be comical if not for the depressing realization that a lot of people believe this nonsense. Marijuana, national parks, the IRS, and mythical electromagnetic pulses are all condemned in dramatic terms appropriate for signs of the apocalypse.

And, even though their presidential nominee is a thrice-married playboy who bragged on Howard Stern that avoiding STIs was his “personal Vietnam” — because of all the sleeping around, ha ha — the platform committee is extremely interested in policing what everyone else in the country is doing with their genitals. Cohabitation, homosexuality, abortion, even using the bathroom while trans: If it’s not hetero married sex performed in the dark no more than once a month for the reasons of procreation, they are probably against it.

And sorry, fellas, but as much as Republicans love male privilege, when it comes to the sex police, even your private habits are going on the Thou Shalt Not list. Porn, according to what will likely be the official GOP platform, has been declared a “public health crisis” and a “public menace.”
 

 
Porn in the USA: Conservatives Are Biggest Consumers – ABC News

Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

“When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different,” says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.

“Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by,” Edelman says.

 

 

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