Ban Porn? Are there enough fig trees in the world to cover it all?

One of the more amusing promises from the recent crop of Republicans vying for nomination has been a promise to “ban porn”.  A definition of what exactly qualifies as “porn” has been missing.  This leaves the average person with vague thoughts of Playboys and Hustler magazines being yanked from magazine racks.  Some of us think of all the internet band width that will be freed up when there is no more porn to download.  The problem is of course that the Republicans are pro business, and porn is big business.  The statistic that every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography, is enough to make one wonder what people will do with all that extra money.  Perhaps contribute to Republican presidential candidates?

The problem is that porn, or what many might consider porn, is everywhere.  Controversy followed a statue of George Washington for a long time.  George is half covered, but even during the Reagan administration, no one could answer directly if this statue qualified as porn of not.  A visit to any art museum, or even museum of history, will find many examples of nudity.  Nudity may or may not be considered “porn”, but if Republicans begin covering statues and paintings at museums with fig leaves, historians and visitors may object.  Still, censoring art is not new.  When royal ladies would visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in London the plaster cast copy of the statue of David was covered by a leaf.  Obviously royal ladies had greater sensibilities than the general viewing public.

In case of fainting royals, apply fig leaf

A recent travelling exhibit about Pompeii did not try to avoid the vast amount of pornography that was uncovered at the site.  While the casts of people and the well known dog were featured, the exhibit going public could view what the average Pompeii citizen barely batted an eyelash at.  The average Republican candidate would probably react to the porn of Pompeii much as the royal ladies were anticapted to, with an attack of the “vapors”.

When in Pompeii…

they didn’t have a word for “volcano” but I’ll bet they had a word for this

Did not die during an orgy as far as we know, but would have known what one was.



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3 replies

  1. Awesomenesss

  2. I remember from my visit to Pompei that when we visited a (extremely well preserved) Roman villa, that we were ‘warned’ that one room of the house was dedicated to Priapus, including a statue of him that left no doubt about what his, uhm, strong point was. Romans were clearly far from prude.

    • No they were not prude and not plagued with judeo-christian guilt. The 3 monotheist have enslaved women often more than porn. I would not ban porn, but part of it. Especially when women or men are humiliated. That kind of porn humiliates women like religion had & still does. I was raised as a christian but I don’t want to have a sad life cause one guy was nailed on a cross

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