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Monday, May 20, 2013

Kinky Porn and Rape: Beware The False Equivalence


This does not cause rape. It DOES cause pleasure! Image source: WhippedAss.com.

The flying monkeys brought in an article from a website called "The Business Standard," which is a staid Indian business paper. The article was in the "Entertainment" section, and consisted largely of quotes from Peter Acworth of Kink.com, saying that adult videos which depict adult fantasies about rape and kidnapping ... like the ones his company puts out ... are not responsible for real life rapes and kidnappings.

Well, duh. Of course they aren't. Fantasy is fantasy, reality is reality. There is a great gulf fixed between consensual make believe rapes and kidnappings and the real thing. Just like there is a great gulf fixed between consensual sex and non-consensual sex, i.e., rape. Sane people understand that.

But why in hell was Acworth saying all that stuff? He specifically mentioned the recent Cleveland kidnapping case and the Vaille wife-murder/cannibalism plot case.

The very LAST thing that any adult business, including Kink.com, should want is to be connected in the public mind with either Castro (the Cleveland kidnaper) or Vaille. And yet by making his statement denying any link between his consensual kink porn and Castro and Vaille's monstrous behavior, Acworth IS making that link. Granted, his statement is a denial of any link between his videos and the activities of the monsters, but that's not what people will take away.

You can see that clearly in the success of the Swiftboating campaign against John Kerry. It was a deliberate strategy, conceived of by Karl Rove, to counter the fact that Kerry had served in combat in Vietnam with real bullets whizzing around him while George W. Bush had enlisted in the National Guard, which in those days was a well known way of dodging the draft. Plus, there was some indication that Bush had gone AWOL during his service in the National Guard.

Rove used some conservative drunken reprobate swiftboat captains as sock puppets, claiming that Kerry had not sustained combat injuries severe enough to deserve the Purple Hearts he got while Bush was buzzing San Padre Island in a fighter jet and fucking every beach bunny he could while staying nice and drunk.

Even though it was thoroughly ridiculous claim, it worked, because as Rove had correctly perceived, the media were locked into using false equivalences as a substitute for actual journalism. Instead of pointing out that Kerry was indeed a combat veteran, or as they now call it, "war hero," and Bush was a wealthy draft dodger, with regard to Kerry the media said, "some people are saying that John Kerry's service record was dubious in some way, while others say he was a legitimate war hero" and with regard to Bush they said, "Some people say Bush served his country honorably in the National Guard, while others claim he was a draft dodger who went AWOL at times."

What you wound up with was two Presidential candidates with dubious war records. A false equivalence, created by the media's lazy habit of just citing both sides of an argument in the interests of seeming "objective" even though they are in fact promoting a lie as being equivalent to the truth.

Nothing has changed in the mainstream media. They still use false equivalences to signify objectivity. So an article about Acworth's claim will inevitably end with, "Acworth claims that his videos do not lead to real life crime, but Bluenoses Against Sexy Fun claim that pornographic depictions of rape encourage and promote crimes like those committed by Castro."

Now the fact is that almost every actual scientific study you can find, like this one, suggests that there is no link between the availability of kinky porn and rape. In fact, some studies show that the widespread availability of porn DECREASES the frequency of rape.

All the bluenoses really have is the religiously-derived conviction that porn is immoral and rape is immoral so they must both be stamped out, and using one to stamp out the other is just totally nifty. Acworth, on the other hand, has practically ALL the science on his side. Won't matter. The mainstream media left the truth train a long time ago.

1 comment:

Pat Powers said...

It's already starting. Here's a Daily News article that uses Acworth's quotes as the starting point for a lengthy rebuttal of his claim:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/porn-ceo-don-blame-fetish-videos-shock-sex-cases-article-1.1347474

Note however that even the academics who are saying porn is dangerous concede that it's not dangerous at all for the vast majority of porn fans, only a very small minority who are ALREADY prone to violence against women. In short, porn can trigger bad actions in psychopaths and sociopaths. Well, so can everything else ... people who are totally unable to empathize with other human beings are of course a danger to everyone around them.