A (President) Santorum Would Ban Hard Core Porn

Rick Santorum PortraitAliyah Shahid reports in the NY Daily News

Rick Santorum is declaring a war … on porn.

The Republican presidential candidate and staunch social conservative wants to ban hard-core pornography. He calls it “toxic to marriages and relationships” in a new statement posted on his official website.

“America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography,” the former Pennsylvania senator writes. “It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking.”

He demands a crackdown on the distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, in addition to material on cable/satellite TV, hotel/motel TV, retail shops and through the mail.

What qualifies as “hardcore” remains unclear. Santorum points to a “wealth of research” showing pornography causes “profound brain changes in both children and adults,” and rips President Obama for not doing enough.

Image: “A Portrait of Rick Santorum Made of Gay Porn Stills” via Jezebel

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  • m1kesa1m0ns

    I suppose he’d also like me to dedicate each ejaculation to the new American Fatherland.

    Will masturbation become a capital offense?

    • 1captainhooker1

       God I hope so, because the protests would be glorious.

  • http://twitter.com/keithmwatt Keith

    Hahaha, Rick just realized he has to pretend to give a shit about women.

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    Nixon tried this, too. His scientific studies turned up ZERO proof that pornography causes anyone to be more violent or hateful towards women, so the study was thrown out. Violent, hateful people exist and enjoy violent, hateful sexual fantasies, but the act of watching porn in and of itself hurts nobody.

    • Adamsshadow

      Fuck things like double-blind studies and sober analysis: anti-porn crusaders have an interview Ted Bundy gave to James Dobson right before Bundy’s execution to prove their point.  Seriously, if Sen. Butt-Sex Byproduct (R-PA) hasn’t already used that bullshit incident to bolster his argument, I am predicting he will at some point.  Social conservatives love to play that whole thing up: “But porn is bad!  Ted Bundy said it was all porn’s fault that he brutally raped and murdered those women!  Why would a serial killer lie?”

       Am I wrong in calling this?  Has anyone else heard the fundies pull the Dobson-Bundy “talk” out of their sanctimonious asses?  Because if this becomes a real campaign talking point, I think Santorum will bring it up. 

      • Eric_D_Read

        I don’t know if Bundy has enough of an enduring scare factor to make an effective campaign prop. Besides, the highest rates of porn use are found the most securely red states; so that plan of attack could backfire big time.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    But wouldn’t terrible economic prospects be the more likely killer of marriages and handmaiden to careers in street walking?  There are tons of studies correlating low marriage and birth rates over the last 4 years to the tanked economy.  So, I fail to see how putting hundreds of job-creating publishers out of business tackles this problem.

    Plus this spells the end of Santorum’s residuals from his own career in gay porn.

    • Hadrian999

       the more I think about it the more I believe Rick is actively trying lose but he is underestimating how reactionary the base is

      • Liam_McGonagle

        You know, I feel caught totally offguard by the GOP’s apparent self-destruction.

        I guess I knew it was coming, on an intellectual level.  But it’d survived so much gross stupidity up ’til this point that I figured it had another 300 years left in it at least.

        And maybe it still does.  Maybe you’re correct, that the only purpose of these loony displays are to keep the crowd going, like at a WWF match.  If so, Santorum is just a propitiary sacrifice, to slake the blood thirst of the Gods of Political Kabuki.  But it sure is beginning to feel like The End.

        • Eric_D_Read

          Liked for the WWF comparison, but I don’t think they’re self-destructing at all. Maybe for this presidential election, but I also suspect that’s all part of the act.

    • Hadrian999

       I always find it interesting that the free-market idea only applies to things the right likes. Things like Drugs, prostitution, pornography, sexuality, culture, and language must be violently controlled by a big powerful government, why not trust the great and mystical market forces that they claim will solve every problem imaginable. It shows just how much they believe in the personal liberty they are always talking about and how much they really want to limit governmental power.

      • http://twitter.com/prosperhappily Robert S

        Very well said.  

      • Eric_D_Read

        I don’t get that either. Especially when you figure how much of the republican base, and I mean the rank-and-file voter, loves drugs, casual sex, porn, and violent entertainment in their private lives.

        I get it with the jesus freaks. That’s their chief concern in life. But there are millions of people who don’t give a shit about religion or “family values” who consistently vote republican.

  • Hadrian999

    pro christianity, pro-life, anti birth control………calling others out on misogyny

  • 1captainhooker1

     “toxic to marriages and relationships”- really?  My wife and I have been together for 10 years, and after a lull in our physical relationship due to childbirth and plain ole exhaustion, watching a few old school pornographic films was just the creative spark we needed to regain our mojo. 

    Politicians need to stop projecting their personal fears and hangups on the rest of the population.

    • http://twitter.com/prosperhappily Robert S

      I think he’s threatened by the guys in the movies.  Now, if he’s threatened by size or the fact that he can’t keep his eyes from wandering to them is an open question.  

    • Audio7

      TMI, dude.

  • RONIN

    He just lost my vote.

    • Mr Willow

      He ever had it?

      • RONIN

        No. I was being ironical.

  • http://twitter.com/prosperhappily Robert S

    Fortunately, we shouldn’t have to worry about this.  He needs 70% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination.  He’s not averaging anywhere near that.  And, on the off chance he pulls that off, Obama will wipe the floor with him.  

  • Eric_D_Read

    Fundiefeminist hybrids. That’s just great. 
    Strange times.

    • Jin The Ninja

       he’s not a feminist, just very very repressed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MQHQCRTEJIGLWOUN6U63CPWTPE David Pittman

    That’s why it’s time for a third party in America.  Check out lemonparty.org It will only take a few seconds.

  • Mythosopher

    Interesting fact: Federal law and many state laws already bans the sale or distribution of hardcore porn. It’s still around because (1) there’s high demand; (2) prosecutors have better things to do; and (3) huge media interests (not just producers, but ISPs, cable providers, etc.) would be furious if the government actually tried to kill that cash cow.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      I thought there was a highly subjective “community standard” or some such sort, that had to be applied in determining what meets the defnition of hardcore porn, and that courts just basically gave up enforcing it because it was too subjective and put too many economic interests from different jurisdictions at odds (as you say).

      • Hadrian999

         the history of porn laws in the U.S. is quite hilarious.
        at one time Ulysses was considered porn

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    in my experience
    anyone who is rabidly against something
    like porn, drugs, prostitution
    is secretly neck deep in the illicit activity
    feels guilty
    and hopes the law will free them of shame

    Sanscrotum is obviously addicted to porn
    and supports Communist China’s censorship ideals in the name of religion
    he’s pretty sick puppy

  • Irish Potato Gun

    Ok, you can ban porn, but you have to legal prostitution, deal?

    • JaceD

      You want legal prostitution AND porn? Move to New Zealand, we’re in no shortage of ether.

      • Lmnop_nis

        Yeah, but how are your STD stats?

        • JaceD

          STD? What is STD?

  • DeepCough

    Y’know what, I want a Santorum presidency, because I want Americans to see truth: that the paleoconservative religion espoused by polliticians like Rick Santorum will only promulgate further the production of pornography, the trade of prostitutes, the incidences of misogyny, the performance of back-alley abortions, the degradation of learning science in schools, the deterioration of communities due to disease: I want all of this to happen–and under a Rick Santorum presidency, it sure as fuck will–because that is what it’s going to take to get Americans to appreciate the sanity of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE and to acknowledge the insanity of letting conniving, stalwart theocrats rule with a book full of allegory and metaphor from 2,000 years ago that they have barely read, and thereby, barely comprehend. I want Rick Santorumm to go down as the Republican Jimmy Carter; I want Rick Santorum to go down in history as the president that tried to pull the U.S. back into the Dark Ages with his overreaching and unconstitutional authority–because it’s gonna take that kind of civilizational trauma for Americans to embrace some measure of progress here in the 21st century.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000314013160 Chase Robertson

       Bush 2 said he was going to bring “bring back morality to the White House” (whatever that means) but once in office he realized he didn’t want all the trouble. Bush 2 and the republican establishment did nothing about abortion, prayer in schools, pornography or any thing else they love to get outraged over. Aside from the fact that the repubs have unpopular stands on many issues, they don’t want their guy in the White House to take the blame for actually doing any of those things.

  • Cutie8grapes21

    Wasn’t misogyny and violence against women being committed long before pornography? Furthermore, if there is any industry where women far outshine their male counterparts it is the porn industry. If he is so concerned with the state of affairs for women, how about addressing the fact that they tend to make less than men on average? 

    • Jin The Ninja

       they make 70% of what men make in the same job. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

        Except in porn, where they make much more than the men do.

        • Jin The Ninja

          an industry known for it’s strict ethical and moral standard.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            Morals are subjective, and humans judging humans because humans can’t be trusted to make good judgements is a paradox.

          • Jin The Ninja

            Morality is subjective, ethics are more universal. If we are to use a purely legal or academic context, I would say the social and personal harm caused, is greater than the product produced. That is not a paradox, to empathise with people and deconstruct industrial practices that seek to harm them.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            Please define “the social and personal harm caused” and compare it with the ethics of less-taboo jobs.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i`m not anti-porn, simply critical of its production, and will not be drawn into a pro / anti debate with you when that is simply not my position.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            Your view applies to any industry yet here you single out one with a sarcastic comment.

          • Jin The Ninja

            i find the production of pornography to be deeply problematic( do i find it more problematic than other exploitative industries? NO.); however you are the one who raised it as an issue in the context of our discussion. As i said, i’m not anti porn, nor “pro” porn, i recognise sexuality and body sovereignty as paramount, but i am not going to feign indifference to the porn industry, when it is still one of many problemati ‘industries.’

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            I merely corrected your assumption that women make 70% what men do for the same job. You’re the one raising (undefined) issues here.

            There is nothing unjust or cruel about willingly having sex for money, just like i willingly sit and stare at a monitor for 40 hours a week for money.

          • Jin The Ninja

            Women do make 70% of what men make in most jobs. Porn is problematic for a variety of reasons, namely in the production of it- whether or not the content is objectionable is another issue.
            You  need to come back when you’ve explored some basic film theory- specifically in reference to gender and sexuality- because as it stands now, all you are doing is posturing for an indefensible (non) position instead of honestly acknowledging that porn can be ‘problematic’ and to assert so, is not the same as  blanketly condemning it as some kind of purely evil industry.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            Why don’t you just acknowledge my points instead of offering vague distractions.

          • Jin The Ninja

            double post.

          • Jin The Ninja

            you’re so circular. you’re obfuscating. porn production has problems- for women, for men, for culture. it’s not an organic system- it is flawed. like i said, read something and come back when you’ve gained some perspective- because the only point that is obvious is that you have an issue with me having an issue with porn. that is totally juvenile.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            You’re projecting. Like i said, your undefined problems apply to any job, not just porn. If a (possibly exhibitionist) couple decides to make extra money by taping and selling their bedroom escapades, then that’s fine by me. I will not let you drag me down with ad hominem.

          • Jin The Ninja

            what the F*CK are you talking about? i’m not talking about voyeurs- have no problem whatsever with the scenario you’ve posited. I was speaking to the STUDIO production of pornography. What am i projecting? You never said anything about my ‘problems.’ LOL. where are you getting this from?

          • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

            Also, it’s “its”.

          • Jin The Ninja

            noted.

  • Guest

    …and the worst part is that this guy actually seems to believe what he says, every last freaking word of it.

  • Schmucko

    he is catholic opus dei, and wears a cilice
    kind of kink, like them whipping themselves
    also a knight of malta
    wonder if it has something to with reverse cowgirling

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