In Fight Against Porn, Have Conservatives Met Their Match?

In Fight Against Porn, Have Conservatives Met Their Match?

They’ve whittled away our civil rights, succeeded in squashing women’s healthcare across the nation and managed to put old-white right-wing ideologues on the Supreme Court. But conservatives can’t beat Jenna Jameson. I’m not sure if there is a lesson to be learned here for independent and art filmmakers, but in today’s “moral-values” culture, I’m somewhat happy to report that the pro-torture evangelical community has a formidable enemy in porn.

The Associated Press reports today that anti-porn activists are launching a renewed fight against an industry “that in the United States alone is estimated to be worth $12 billion a year.” They lament the mainstreaming of porn, the widespread availability of sex on the web and the celebrity status of stars like Jameson. As a self-proclaimed feminist, I can’t exactly celebrate the rise of an entertainment that is often based on the subjugation (and sometimes out-right humiliation and destruction) of women. But then again, it shows that morality can’t stand a chance against capitalism.

If these anti-porn activists begin to gain traction, however, I have a real worry that independent films could get caught in the crossfire. Romance? 9 Songs? Battle in Heaven? For your average anti-porn extremist, I doubt they would see much difference in these movies than Debbie Does Dallas. And then the fight will become one that everyone needs to pay attention to.

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