ADOLT SITES (1998)
My kids have started accessing "adult"
sites in their typically ignorant, blundering way. Which sites have
they accessed? The ones they heard about in mainstream media, of
course. Of course, because they have no idea, except what they hear
about, see on TV, etc. They go to whitehouse.com, just to see what
the noise is all about. Somehow whitehouse.com is linked to a site
called wetdreams.com and that showed up in the URL box, even though everyone
denies having been there. So the 7 year old: "Daddy, what's a wet
dream?" and I say it's complicated and the 12 year old says: "I think I
know." I just didn't want to get into it right then. Big one
will have one in the next 6 months or so.
If we were in the 50s there would
be a stifling, neurotic conspiracy of silence and the stuff would be hard
to find. The nature of modern communications makes that impossible.
No sense in crying over spilled milk, and that culture went sour on hypocrisy
What I told the big one was that I
would really like it if he would stay away from that stuff until he had
some real experience with real people. Why? Because if he looked
at porn he would inevitably get the wrong idea of how things are done.
Why? Because of the requirements of taking the pictures. You
have to sort of spread things out to take the pictures, and in real life
you want to get as close together as you can. So you get the porn
pictures in your head and some part of you is going to try to arrange things
so you can LOOK at it instead of DO it, and your partner is going to think
He thinks about it for a while.
I blast on. And another thing: what do you suppose the actors think
about the consumers of porn? Why, they think they're all losers of
course. Wimps and weaklings. Never mind whether what they're
doing is OK or fun, they are thinking "I am doing this and you will NEVER,
nyah, nyah, nyah."
Finally, he doesn't have the time,
He hasn't been back to those sites.
On to the next surge.
I don't use the blocking programs.
Who needs them? They don't work anyway. I talk at my kids myself.
I want them to know.
I want Internic to add the handle
.por. I want every pander site to have that handle. That's
what I want. They can show anything they please, after all, even the worst
of it is not significantly different than what's on TV (though there they
pander to your urge to be titilated by violence rather than sex, and which
is worse: to film a sex act or to film an auto accident?) But they
have to clearly announce their product. It's like selling everclear
as spring water.
The porn guys (and girls, I figure
the ratio among the producers is about 98/2, but the females are there,
they're not all sex-slaves (and I figure the user ratio is about 99.5/0.5))
are driven by a need to be naughty, and are always trying to push the limit.
They have developed some subspecialties that even I, a professional open
mind, think are pretty weird. But never mind At least they're
not killing each other. To me they've got a right to do it, record
it, and post it. But they have to be honest and announce what it
is. They have to stop putting these hidden porn bombs on the web,
so that you go to look for crushed rocks for your driveway and you end
up at a sadism site. It's like they want to get themselves shut down.
I know it's strange in this context, but they have to act, how can I say
this delicately, responsibly.
And I guess the best mechanism would
be for all of the porn sites to become pay only. Abolish all the
free sites. Sorry guys (meant gender-neutrally), for your own good.
For most people and porn it's out of site out of mind, and you pornographers
ought to take steps to keep it that way. The world is not going to
turn into LA and SF, and the future of porn is not in everybody's face.
I would love to see successful expression
in art of human erotic behavior. Where is it?
(Jonathan says: My friend wanted
me to prove to him that www.whitehouse.com was a pornography site becouse
I told him I heard it on the radio and that was the first time I went to
that kind of site before.)
(And he hasn't been back. Whitehouse is pretty
innocuous, but still a nogoodnik because their intent is to deceive.
It's OK Jonathan. Just don't do it again, OK?)
6/6/98 Today the 12 year old was trying to find his friend's
site at angelfire.com. So he punches up anglefire.com and
guess what he gets? This really POs me. They named it that
specifically to catch kids. Actually it was one of those weird sites
from Japan where, in porn terms, you never quite get anything, I guess
they're just racking up hits. So at least it wasn't a totally xxxxxxx
site. But they are fishing for kids, on the incorrect theory that
they will catch a susceptible and turn it (I mean - mostly - him)
into an addict. It's incorrect because the susceptible will have
already gone and found the real stuff.
I really don't care about the existence
of the porn industry, as long as they have their paperwork in order and
can prove that they're all adults and that there's no slavery going on.
Sex is a global obsession. They don't make prurient pictures of people
eating (food), for example. I'm willing to continue to watch that
social phenomenon happen for a while. But this business of hidden
porn sites meant to ambush kids is total BS and has got to go.