We knew it! Porn is Good.

A pro-porn column in the News doesn't get a rise out anyone.

Oh God, yes: It's been a double spit-take week here at Buzz HQ, thanks to The Dallas Morning News opinion pages —and frankly, we wish the paper would knock it off. Spraying mouthfuls of our "afternoonish" bourbon is a waste of perfectly good liquor.

Speaking of wasted fluids, what first left Buzz choking in surprise was the News' decision to publish Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman's encomium to pornography in Monday's paper. Hooray for porn in the Morning News? We imagined that didn't sit well with subscribers, but we spewed our second mouthful when we spoke to an employee in the editorial section, who told us the column received only two responses—a letter to the editor and a phone call.

It's rare that a News column catches us off guard, since the paper is so reliably conservative, sort of like how Donald Trump is reliably an asshole. But this one did—and so did Dallas' response. What, no flood of irate phone calls from offended readers, threatening to cancel their subscriptions for the 19th time this month? No hordes of protesters waving their walkers in rage?

Just read what Chapman wrote in his column, which argued against censoring Internet porn: "It would be easier to make the case that adult entertainment is more beneficial than it's harmful." He went on to cite Harvard economist Benjamin Edelman's assertion that in places where porn is most popular, more people donate blood, volunteer or do community work.

Which, incidentally, gives us a brilliant idea for the next United Way campaign. Also, we just remembered we're way overdue to give blood.

Edelman also authored a report a couple of years back that found that folks in God-fearing, moral states like Utah are more inclined to subscribe to pay porn websites than elsewhere. That claim didn't please the God-fearing, or Utah, at the time. Another study not mentioned by Chapman found that folks in blue states prefer adult escort sites, while red staters gravitate toward wife-swapping sites. Always looking for a bargain, those conservative skinflints.

But back to our point: Some Harvard guy besmirches the good names of Bible-thumpers, his words are echoed in Dallas' only daily and nothing happens? Either porn really is becoming more acceptable or only three people—Buzz and the two complainers—actually read the column.

Or perhaps both.

"Huh," we said to the News staffer, who also expected more excitement. "It's a new world."

"Maybe a better one," she replied.

Luckily, we'd already finished our bourbon.

 
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23 comments
Carmin972
Carmin972

Porn is for desperate losers who can't get the real stuff

Tillie
Tillie

It may be a money maker but pron does a great job on killing ones self respect. In the dark at the end of the day when you really sit down and think things over you may not feel so happy about the pron in your life. Human dignity it nothing to throw around. One who governs his flesh governs his life...

Runyon847
Runyon847

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

Surely only people with peculiar sexual tastes are drawn to this sort of thing, right? Not exactly. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain That Changes Itself," noted that pornography use actually changes the brains of consumers. Like other addictions, pornography use breeds tolerance and the need for more intensity to get the desired result. He quoted Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons," in which a college kid asks casually, "Anybody got porn?" He is told that there are magazines on the third floor. He responds, "I've built up a tolerance to magazines I need videos." Tolerance is the medically correct term, Doidge notes, which is why pornography becomes more and more graphic. From Mona Charen column, Tis the Season for Porn, 12/19/2008

Yeah, laugh now, Poindexter...until your daughter comes home from a date with one of these kids who had parents that believe like you.

Roostaffa
Roostaffa

Dear Morons,Pornography turns half the population into sexual objects, rather than people. Maybe nobody responded because saying "porn is good" is like saying an increase in masturbation would create world peace...not worth most peoples time to refute the printed opinion of simpletons. I, on the other hand, find it entertaining! Keep the dumbassery coming!!!

TimCov
TimCov

"while red staters gravitate toward wife-swapping sites. Always looking for a bargain, those conservative skinflints."

You are just upset that they are not doing business with some of the Observer's best advertisers.

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

I'm starting a campaign entitled "Wank One Out for Peace"...if folks spent more time masturbating then we wouldn't have the time nor energy for war.

Charles Cleveland
Charles Cleveland

This is completely untrue. I would not call my husband or myself desperate losers. We have a very spicy relationship, giving each other the real stuff has never been a problem for us. We watch porn together on a regular basis.

Bbking
Bbking

Better than her going on a date with a religious nut who will mentally abuse her then rape her.

Bbking
Bbking

So does religion (its just in the closet and not talked about), and how many churches are out there?

David
David

Are we to guess which "half" of the population you are referring to in your simplistic attempt at making a point?

Guest
Guest

But what about gay porn?

David
David

Your?!I think you meant "you're" as in "you are"... Geez "your" dumb!

dalgyromod
dalgyromod

Touche. Point for TimCov.

Patrick W.

Roostaffa
Roostaffa

You are. Think about it for a few days and you might come up with something.

Roostaffa
Roostaffa

Xtab,

Math lesson: If heterosexual porn objectifies one half of the population, then homosexual porn would objectify the ________ half. I understand that fractions can be confusing sometimes. Correct answer found at the bottom of post.

David,Evidently it wasn't simple enough.

other

Roostaffa
Roostaffa

Have you thought through that one?

Gxyzry0
Gxyzry0

Go "objectify" yourself, Roostaffa.

Gxyzryo
Gxyzryo

no, seriously. . . go "objectify" yourself.

Gxyzryo
Gxyzryo

Go "objectify" yourself, Roostaffa.

 
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