This Is “Prawn and Quartered,” Not “Porn and Quartered”


The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have a need for what they don`t have at all, which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn and a perverse obsession with youth.

~Joni Mitchell

"I don't get it! This book has no centerfold!"

I feel like a complete weirdo for saying this, but here goes. I’ve never looked at porn on the Internet. Never. Haven’t even stumbled across it while looking for something innocuous like “The White House” or “women’s clothing.” I’ve never read a pornographic book (well, there was that one time I read Henry Miller, but it was for a class…seriously), watched a porno flick, thought pornographic thoughts (even about Murdock…even more seriously.) I’m taking a deep breath as I write. Probably, you are too.
 
“But, H.M.,” you say, “everybody looks at porn. It’s like lying about sex. Right?”
 
I like to think the answer to this question is “no.” I’m not one of these religious fanatics who believes sex is dirty, shameful, immoral, or unnatural, either. Quite the opposite. I think the key to healthy sexuality is being as open and honest as we can when discussing it. That being said, I’m hardly the right person to ask. I have a naturally low libido (it often goes hand in hand with autism) and find sex, well, pretty dull. Moreover, I haven’t found the right person yet, so it’s pretty much out of the question for me.
 

When it comes to actual porn (and, again, I’m hypothesizing here as to the definition of real porn), I’m ambiguous at best. I’m honestly surprised how much spambot traffic comes to P&Q through searches for porn. Some of it is just weird shit, too. I’ve always said that what consenting adults do behind closed doors is none of my business. But I’m starting to wonder. I realize that porn is…and always will be…the big wheelhorse driving web traffic. There’s not a thing I can do about that and it’s not really my place.

I have a unique perspective on the whole porn issue. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion I’m asexual, or certainly anhedonic. (Again, it is often found in conjunction with AS.) I’m female, meaning I’m not the target audience for most porn. And I like to think of myself as an objective observer. In some ways I’m like a Vulcan visiting from some distant galaxy, making notes on how “fascinating” the human race and its foibles really is. So what is the verdict on porn?

Ah...true love

The final verdict is simple…at least for me. Consenting adults can continue to do whatever they want. The genie’s out of the bottle and it ain’t ever going back in. I understand that some people have certain needs, whether base or slightly more genteel, that they need met. Better they meet them by watching a movie or reading a book then acting whatever it is out in real life. That being said, I need to address the other side of the porn industry. As the Mitchell quote suggests, there is always a dark side, whether it’s child sex slaves or the increasing sexualization of girls’ clothing and toys. That kind of thing is ALWAYS unacceptable, and evil. The true innocents among us…children…need to be protected. If you think there’s nothing you can do, I’d encourage you to visit HumanTrafficking.org or Human Rights Watch to dispel that myth. There is something you can do, and it starts with awareness of a global problem. Better yet, write letters. Dedicate your blog or Facebook page for a day to awareness. Read some of the literature on the subject. This is the most insidious form of evil and it MUST end.
 
Okay…off my soapbox for another day. I hope my readers don’t mind that I’m on a bit of an oratory kick right now. We’ll be back to the regular shenanigans around here before long.
 
Oh, and all you pervs who keep coming here spamming looking for porn, whether it’s Barbie porn, alien prawn porn, or LOLcat porn? Sorry, we don’t have it. Nothing to see for you here…move along.
 

"Yo, Tiger! You heard her! NO PORN!"

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on January 17, 2012.

3 Responses to “This Is “Prawn and Quartered,” Not “Porn and Quartered””

  1. You raise many fine points with this to be certain. As a Christian, I agree with you that sex is something meant to be shared between two people; we just happen to believe they should be married before they participate in it for many reasons (physical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental). Trust me, the Baptist church is chock full of kids, none of which came into the world like Jesus. 🙂

    If you and your readers want to learn about the growing problem of sex/slave trading, check out Wellspring Living, a Christian group in Atlanta dedicated to rescuing girls from such practices. They’ve teamed up with Passion 2012 (another Christian student organization). The 42,000 students there raised close to four million dollars to stop slave trafficking and to reach the lost. I don’t agree with many things in the modern Christian church, but I can totally get behind this. Good things are being done to stop sex trafficking, but quite honestly, it will never be fully stamped out until evil no longer exists in the human heart.

  2. On the subject of porn, I really should have thought through my blog’s name. For no porn-related reasons whatsoever, I named it secretlyhardcore. Hmmm…gunna take some work to get that to the top of a google search…seems to be a few, um, “other” types of sites that come up first! Rookie error.

    • Hey, the web is like Field of Dreams. Build it (no matter how innocent it is) and they will come. It took a hacker friend of mine to explain that “prawn” or “pron” is a common deliberate misspelling for porn to avoid firewalls. Que sera, eh?

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