Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Against Porn Blogging





Why a Post on Porn Blogging?


No, I'm not running out of topics to blog about. But porn blogs are in the category of negative blog practices.

This is a Blog Core Values related issue. One I had not anticipated dealing with, since I think it's obvious that blogs devoted to porn, or torture, or unprescribed narcotics, or using people as objects, it's, to me, a no-brainer, two banana at best, that these are the spawn of Scumblogging.

But a colleague asked me a direct question in an email.

He asked about porn blogs and if they are legitimate in some way, as "normal" people were trying to convince him.



Mystical vs. Religious

I don't know what a "normal" person is, I guess he may have meant "non-mystical" or "unspiritual".

I guess I better explain a couple relevant issues, prior to stating my opposition to porn and violence.

Most of my readers are probably aware of my metaphysical thinking, my attempt to have a spiritual, but non-denominational, non-religious orientation.

I am repulsed by the ecclesiastical (priests, theologians, pastors, shamen, psychics, witchdoctors, as superior to "laymen"), but in favor of the mystical (every soul having equal access to, and opportunity for, divine or metaphysical truth and benefits).

I define "mystical" as non-institutional spiritual seeking or spiritual practice.

"Spiritual" meaning transcending selfishness, craving, ignorance...

...to avoid damaging objects (property and natural environment) and to refrain from harming living entities.

Cause no harm. Do no damage. Strive to help and improve. The golden light-path.

Most institutions are so corrupt, they are of no value whatsoever.

They may feed the physically hungry, and I applaud that, but the evil that likes to hide in frozen traditions and organized religions, that evil is sneaky, hypocritical, and enormously pervasive.

Institutions perpetuate themselves, frequently at the expense of the principles they're supposedly preserving and promoting.

As a spiritually, ethically-oriented seeker and finder, I'm opposed to both violence and porn. I see them as the same thing, as did the early feminists, and unlike Lenny Bruce or Hugh Hefner.




My Email Response to "Porn Blogs"



Here's what I said in my email reply:


[QUOTE]


As far as porn goes, I have strong opinions and my opinions are correct.

I see porn and violence as similar issues.

War and porn come from the same source: craving.

Craving is the impulsion toward the non-essential, or a domineering, selfish impulsion toward the essential, using immoral means to achieve the goal.

Craving is the source of all suffering.

All spiritual traditions that I am aware of, and much secular philosophy, is in agreement here.

In fact much porn is a subtle form of violence.

The sex organ with both its natural and its conditioned craving for satisfaction. Porn produces the exaggerated, conditioned craving.

This is a craving that causes the sex drive to assert itself upon a sex object. The object is de-personalized and used as a material object. Similar to gluttony, excessive eating. Not eating to survive, but eating just to eat. Very similar to porn.

There's the guy who said to me how his buddy loves women. He loves women so much, he, in spite of living with one woman who supports him financially, arranges secret affairs with every woman he can.

I replied: He doesn't love women. He loves his [sex organ]. He loves how his [sex organ] feels when he has his way with all these women.

That's what he really loves. He loves his pleasure sensations. But the actual women themselves, zero love. If one died, he'd just move on to the next conquest.

The porn blogger needs to seek a higher dignity in relation to self, craving, lewdness, degradation of the sex act into hedonistic pleasure, the reality of physical bodies, sexual transmitted diseases, and women in particular.

One thing porn conveniently dismisses, in many cases, from what I've heard, is VD protection. Orgies and indiscriminate promiscuity, especially unprotected, can be very hazardous to health.

The money made in the porn industry is tainted. Bad karma.

I would have nothing to do with it.

I would have nothing to do with him.

Just my opinion, which, like I said, is correct.


[END QUOTE]



Sorry to be a bit raw, but I need to be direct and clear.

I'm not against pleasure, as libertines might accuse me, but rather I'm against using other living beings as a means to an end.

Even if consensual, still, it is pure and simple:

two sets of craving...amplifying and enabling each other...to result in more craving...which leads to suffering...often a suffering that is far in excess of the fleeting pleasures now passed.

Hedonistic Pleasures > Selfish Enjoyment > Craving > Abuse > Obsession > Addiction > Painful Deprivation or Withdrawal > Delusion-Dementia-Disease

That's my position, and I'm sticking to it.


:^)



[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate

4 comments:

Chris Ritke said...

Wow - excellent response. Going back and forth between the US and Germany I've found that the Europeans are a lot less uptight about this issue - there's a publicly traded company called Beate Uhse in Germany - the founder is a woman who is now in her 70s or 80s (not quite sure) and she's all over TV being interviewed... I think the 'normal' people, ie Sally and Joe in the Supermarket probably don't think this way in the US, but in Europe (I can actually only speak for Germany) it's more along the lines of: "It's a legitimate business. If somebody can figure out how to make money in it then they should go for it - as long as it's within the law'... hm. And, check out what I just found through BoingBoing at - now that does say quite a bit.

steven edward streight said...

Chris:

You tell those German or whatever schmucks that they have fallen for fucking Psycho Capitalism Mammonism.

That is insane "if you can make money at it, it's legit".

And the sex slave trafficking?

And crack dealers?

And arms dealers?

Make money off other people's misery and depravity? No thanks.

Have they never read Germans Freud, or Marx?

Are they libertine yuppies now?

Good Lord, they make me sick to just think about it.

And I'm half German half French.

Pathetic.

I'll check out the Boing Boing thing.

P.S. It's not being "uptight"...

...it's having values and respect for the mothers of humanity.

No body is an object to abuse or display lewdly.

They need to grow up and respect their own mothers.

Their mothers I say!

Chris Ritke said...

Hm. I can just say that I've had a lot of discussions with people over in Germany on this subject - and those people sure aren't schmucks - they are very respectable people in my view - and that's where pretty much all of those discussions went.

I keep saying it over and over - it's a wild trip going back and forth between two continents - after spending time over here I get on a plane and read the German papers and think - are they nuts? The same thing happens after spending time in Germany - I get on a plane, read the US papers and think: What? Are they nuts? I've been going through that process almost all of my life - I sure hope that all of the new ways of communicating (like blogs) will at some point be helpful in this matter.

I think sex trafficking, crack dealers, arms dealers and all that is despicable and those guys belong in jail.

steven edward streight said...

Chris:

Pardon me if I sound rough lately, I'm fighting so many battles, and trying to take care of my very feeble and sickly mother, plus some other bizarre adventures.

By "schmucks" I meant to refer to anyone who says "if you can make money off it, and it's legal, go for it."

That is Psycho Capitalism, rather than Ethical Capitalism.

Just because something is legal does not mean it's morally correct. And just because something is illegal (marihuana, or Bibles in some religiously repressive countries, or female education in some sexist countries) does not mean it's morally wrong.

Porn is addictive. It is based on using another person as a means to an end, like politics.

I am opposed to the view that a human body can be for another human to gain pleasure from or to inflict pain upon.

I'm opposed to gambling and lottery tickets also, even though they're legal.

I'm opposed to war, even when it's "legal".

I'm opposed to torture, even when it's "for national security".

Etc.