A right to adult content?

Back when ‘adult content’ began to be widespread in Hollywood movies, I used to muse about whether people who preferred their movies with extra ‘sex-and-violence’ would, if deprived of it, storm the movie box office and demand their money back?

Needless to say it hasn’t ever happened that I know of; apparently Hollywood never fails to provide the audiences their rightful quota of sex-and-violence, (and then some, at least these days).

Over at Tumblr, the owners (Verizon, to be specific) have announced a ban on adult content, whatever that includes. And the Tumblr bloggers, many of whom are teens, are up in arms. They are having a collective hissy fit at the mere thought of being deprived of their Constitutional right to a daily quota of ‘adult content.’ Some are saying that the aficionados of Art will be robbed of their beloved ‘artistic nudes’, (but who decides what is artistic?) while others say that obscene content involving children is the only kind of thing that should be banned.

However there are intermittent grumblings about how ‘far-right’ politics or images must be banned.

I think that some Tumblr users are glad to see the ‘adult’ content go, because many Tumblr bloggers are exasperated at being besieged by porn bloggers unscrupulously trying to lure more traffic. I suspect many under-aged children, including sub-teens, get lured into these blogs and become fascinated with, or addicted to, the lewd content. Tumblr has an age limit of 13 years and above. 13 is still childhood, no matter how knowing the 13 year old may seem.

There are ‘bot blogs’ on Tumblr which are apparently not run or moderated by real people; porn images are sown amongst other normal content, such as artwork, photos of a non-sexual nature, and other wholesome images.

Some commenters online say that Tumblr is mostly porn; I can’t speak to that; I began viewing Tumblr some years ago, for classic art works, nature scenery, old movies, and historic material. There is a lot of good content on Tumblr. Unfortunately the porn epidemic is spreading, it seems. Whenever salacious content is not restricted or banned, it seems it will proliferate, until it crowds out the worthwhile blogs and bloggers. The bad always crowds out the good wherever and whenever it is tolerated. We see that in our society at large.

However, if Tumblr were aimed at the actual adult crowd, that would be legal and approved in our increasingly libertine society. But the fact is, there are many young teens who view Tumblr or maintain their own blogs, and even the very young bloggers are rather jaded because they’ve been brought up in the corrupt atmosphere of a debauched 21st century West. Sadly even young adolescents are worldly beyond what we imagined in earlier times.

Adults are not, it seems, doing enough to keep their children away from the debased elements in our society. But in a society which is permeated with hypersexuality, it’s getting to be almost impossible to remain free of the corruption.

Social conservatism, so-called, is all but dead now, dead and unmourned, except for those few religious people who value separating from ‘the world’.  Doing that is difficult because there is widespread ‘tolerance’, an anything-goes-between-consenting-adults’ attitude. We are seeing the results of the past few decades now in our wider society.

As for Tumblr and the brouhaha over the feared ‘loss’ of adult content, there’s certaintly no need to panic; pornography is in no danger of disappearing anytime soon. It’s been around since time immemorial. Now, if it crawled back under its plain brown wrapper, as in former, more enlightened times, it might be ‘tolerated’ to some extent. But those times are gone; there’s no putting it back.

The young, who’ve been brought up with this stuff as part of their lives, cannot see things as the older generations did, but does that mean we are condemned to live with the present situation? Are we doomed to see the world deteriorate as porn continues to become more and more extreme, more depraved, as down the slippery slope we continue to slide?

And does our First Amendment condemn us to pretend that porn is ‘free expression’?

Some “conservative” defenders of adult content on Tumblr liken this restriction to the political censorship on Twitter, Gab, Facebook et al, but it’s apples and oranges. Someone, I can’t recall who, wrote years ago that pornography was a sop thrown to a jaded population, in order to keep them content with their ”freedoms”, since obviously the presence of obscenity in media signified a ‘free society.’ There is probably a lot of truth in that theory; it’s all part of the bread and circuses, as it was in ancient Rome. Just a way to distract or lull the masses, that is, a means of control.

5 thoughts on “A right to adult content?

  1. Conservative commentator Cal Thomas wrote a syndicated opinion piece several years back following the “Mortal Combat” Supreme Court decision in which he wondered whether ‘anyone can believe that Thomas Jefferson had violent and pornographic materials in mind as to be protected under the 1st Amendment.’

    One of the things I pointed out is that Thomas (who is supposedly some sort of an Historian and Constitutional Scholar) that was clearly wrong with Thomas’s thesis was that, in the first place, rather than speculate about Jefferson’s thoughts on the matter one should consult the historical record, which is to say Jefferson’s own writings on the subject.

    As you well know, the founders originally added the Bill of Rights to the Constitution as additional prohibitions against the Central government, not against the States or local governments. As Jefferson (and others) noted,’ the constitution makes us several unto ourselves, one as to all others [all other nations].’

    I should think that what Jefferson would have said about the Mortal Combat ruling in particular, and “Incorporation” in general, is that it was/is a complete departure from anything the founders believed and a complete power-grab by the federal government and its vaunted Supreme Court. Or, as I said at the time, Jefferson would have condemned the decision on the basis that the federal government, under the original constitution and 1st Amendment, has no authority to force States and local governments to sell Mortal Combat and the like within their own jurisdictions.

    In any case, I believe your conclusion is right on: pornography is a form of control. E. Michael Jones has written a lot about that in some of his books.

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  2. Terry, good points.
    The Founding Fathers, I agree, would probably be shocked or dismayed at the ways in which the Federal government has assumed so much power as compared to the state and local governments. And that aside, I can hardly believe that the original framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights would consider porn (as well as excessive violence, etc.) as being covered under the First Amendment.

    It took until the mid-20th century, I think, for the Supremes to have a revelation that ‘freedom of expression” includes things like Mapplethorpe’s art work as well as performance art with the most depraved content.

    I haven’t read Jones’ work; is it something you’d recommend? I’m still behind on my reading; I’ve got a number of books that I’ve been meaning to read.

    Thanks for your comment, always worthwhile.
    -VA

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  3. Yes, I would *highly recommend* at least a couple of Jones’s books, namely, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and its Impact on World History, as well as Libido Dominandi, the second of which is highly apropos to your post. I have also heard/read good things about his (earlier) book Modern Degenerates I think it is, but I have not as yet read it. I am currently in a (private) discussion with Prof. Smith at the Orthosphere regarding the issue as pertains to the whole War Between the States and Lost Causes ideology, which of course was meant to prevent much of this from a Southron perspective.

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    • Interesting. I read that post at Orthosphere, was it called On Loyalty and Lost Causes or something similar? I had intended to blog about it, because he made some very good points, and it was a subject which has occupied me at times. However I didn’t post about it; I may do so sometime soon if I can organize my thoughts. If so I hope you’ll comment.
      -VA

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  4. Well, I wrote a lengthy reply to your comment earlier, but it seems to gotten lost in the ether after I hit the “post” button. Oh well.

    In any case, the Orthosphere entry to which you refer is On Loyalty to Lost Causes, yes. I have written quite a few posts to the effect myself (at my kids’ private blog and for their specific edification on the subject, and in hopes that they (the articles I have written) will inspire my kids and grandkids, nephews, nieces and so forth, to do their own due diligence on the subject and form their own conclusions. Most of those posts include lots of links to books I have read on the subject, and I’m sure you have read as well.

    I hope you do write a post about JMSmith’s Orthosphere entry in the near future. When you do, I will know about it and I will be happy. 🙂

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