John Grisham Defends the Right of White Guys to View Kiddie Porn.

Sorry kid. John Grisham says his buddy shouldn’t be punished for seeing you being abused.

When you don’t think before you speak you end up saying something you’ll regret.   For former attorney and best-selling author John Grisham, master of the legal potboiler, his regretful remarks came in defense of a law school friend who got caught up in a sting operation when he was busted for viewing child pornography.

We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child”.

“But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”

“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.

“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”

“There’s so many of them now. There’s so many ‘sex offenders’ – that’s what they’re called – that they put them in the same prison. Like they’re a bunch of perverts, or something; thousands of ’em. We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration.”

“I have no sympathy for real paedophiles.  God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting,

There’s so much wrong with Grisham’s faulty reasoning it’s reasonable to wonder if he’s been drinking too much.

Does it matter the 16-year-old wannabee hookers Grisham’s BFF trolled the Internet for turned out to be 30-year-olds-posing as 16-year-olds? Even if the results weren’t what Mr. Pants Down Around the Ankles was hoping for, his intent is clear. Grisham sounds like the attorney he was trying to make excuses for a guilty as hell client.

All aboard The Rationalization Express!

Making child porn makes children the victim. Watching child porn is getting your rocks off to victimized children. Those who demand kiddie porn are as scummy as those who supply it and Grisham making alibis for these maggots who spank one out to a sexually exploited child makes him no better than them.

In adult pornography, no matter how demeaning, degrading or disgusting it may be, it is typically made with the advised content of the participants. A woman in a 10-man-gangbang may not know how nasty things are going to get, but she chose to put herself in that situation of her own free will.

I don’t know how to “accidentally” look for child pornography.   There is certainly a lot of dark stuff you can inadvertently and unintentionally stumble upon on the Internet, but kiddie porn isn’t one of them. You gotta be looking for it.

Seek and ye shall find. Just don’t claim the innocent when your hard drive starts filling up.

Do I need to explain why it is impossible for children and infants to say the same? All pornography is not created equally and yes, there are places even porn should not be allowed to go.  I have no sympathy for pedophiles and if they think their punishment is too harsh and I’m cruel, judgmental and intolerant toward them, they’re absolutely right.

On his website, Grisham issued a standard ass-covering “apology.”

This is where Grisham’s buddy belongs.

“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”

Elitists like Gresham trivialize child pornography with his bleeding heart sympathizing with the guys who enjoy this trash and ignoring the real victims, the children. Or at least until his foot in mouth begins to reach down to his wallet then he beats a hasty, and cowardly retreat.

Grisham is an apologist for these deviants and that is disgusting as they are. There is no rationalization and no justification for viewing and enjoying a child being violated. NONE.

It must be a tremendous comfort for the 60-year-old White men who get plastered one night, fire up the laptop, and go one-hand cruising for kiddie porn to know they have somebody like John Grisham looking out for them.

But who’s looking out for the kids? Not Grisham who’s just another rich elitist snob who thinks it’s a travesty that his buddies get busted for enjoying moppets being molested.   I consider Grisham’s shoulder shrugging defense of his friend to be nothing more than pedophilia apologia. Finding  kiddie porn is not a matter of plugging the phrase into a Google search.

It’s one thing to be unlucky enough to stumble onto a dark corner of the web and another entirely when you’re already a member of the club and know all the lingo, slang, and secret passwords. I suspect this is the reason Grisham’s amigo got a three-year jolt instead of a judge buying his bullshit story.

I already thought Grisham was a lousy writer. Now I know he’s a sleaze too.

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The Slightly Slutty (Vintage) Vanessa Del Rio Interview





As a principle, I don’t particularly enjoy revisiting my old articles and interviews.   It’s much more interesting to me to look forward than back,    Still, I  get asked, “What was your favorite story?” or “Who was your most memorable interview?” 

Oh, that’s easy.  It was Vanessa Del Rio.   That wasn’t just informative.  It was flat-out fun.  Here’s a woman who got naked on film and had sex with many men, women and categories in between and has never expressed a single regret or recrimination about any of it.    It wasn’t like I was going to ask her anything that would shock or embarrass her.  

I conducted that one way back in 1999 for a website called Generator 21 that went on extended hiatus after its creative vision and editor passed away in 2010.   Some writers enjoy what we’ve written more than the writing.   That’s not me.  I go back and revisit my “greatest hits” and all I see are the misses, the mistakes and the questions I should have asked but didn’t.  There are certainly parts that are dated, but hell  it is 14 flipping’ years old.   So to those who asked me to repost this on my blog it turns out Mick Jagger was wrong.  Sometimes you can get what you want. .  

Jeff Winbush: Hi Vanessa. You sound out of breath.

Vanessa Del Rio: (slight panting) I just got back in the house and remembered I was doing this interview. I’ve been out spending money. Shopping does wonders for a girl (laughs).

JW: Well let’s get to it. When you retired from adult movies in 1986 one of the things you said you were going to do is write your biography. It’s 1999‹where’s the book?

Vanessa: Still writing it.

No, actually I’m waiting for the person I want to collaborate with to become available. She worked with LL Cool J and Queen Latifah on their books, so I’m waiting my turn.

JW: Thought of a title for it yet?

Vanessa: I had a couple that weren’t printable, but I’m thinking about “The Complete, Uncensored, Biography of Vanessa Del Rio: Porn Queen.”


“Just say “AHHH!.”

JW: That about covers it I think.

Speaking of rappers, you’ve become a popular name for rappers to drop. Ice Cube, Chubb Rock are among the rappers who’ve turned your name into a verb. “She Vanessa Del Rio’ed me.”

Vanessa: Right. I’ve been in some rap videos though I don’t really listen to much rap. “Get Money” by Junior M..A.F.I.A. crossed over to MTV. That was fun. Clicking the channels and there I am on “Yo MTV Raps.”

JW: You’ve definitely been rediscovered. I read the article that VIBE did on you generated two thousand letters! Then, of course, you played yourself on “NYPD Blue.”

Vanessa: That was fun. I was nervous as hell! I played a legendary porn star who gets harassed by a fan and Nicholas Turturro‘s character (Detective Martinez) comes to the rescue. I had one scene with Jimmy Smits. My one line was, “Excuse me.” (loud laughter).

JW: Why do you think you’ve become so popular again?

Vanessa: I don’t have any idea. Whenever I meet people they tell me how much they love me and my movies. The men are usually really shy and don’t know what to say, but the women are always nice and supportive. Especially Black women. They’re the first one to say, “You go, girl!”

JW: You were one of the few women of color to make it big in porn. Did you ever experience any sort of discrimination in terms of roles you didn’t get or being paid as much as the White women in the business?

Vanessa: Hmmm, I really can’t say I remember any racism. My audience is across the board and I have a huge Black following. I won a lifetime achievement award at the Black Adult Entertainment Awards from De’Unique magazine. I don’t consider myself a pioneer. I was just someone in the business.

JW: You say men don’t know how to approach you. They’ve seen you in films and on stage when you were dancing. Why are they afraid to approach you?

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Vanessa: They’re intimidated by my reputation. Men always seemed to want to impress Vanessa Del Rio, the image instead of the person. Does that make sense? It’s tough being in the sex business and meeting someone. They often have their own agenda of what to expect, so it’s not a pure connection.

JW: Are men put off by your past in porn movies?

Vanessa: For some it’s an attraction. They think that all it’s gonna be is sex, sex, sex. If I meet someone who doesn’t know who I am they’re going to find out. It’s part of the deal and some men can’t deal with it.

JW: I’m certain there are some people who want to condemn you for your past.

Vanessa: I went to Catholic school for eight years. We had a priest try to explain the birds and bees to a classroom of little girls. We learned that if you kissed with a table between you it was a venal sin. If you kiss and there’s no table and your bodies touched it was a mortal sin. Who knows what would happen if you crawled on top of the table and got busy. The point is the more hold something as a taboo the more human nature makes you curious.

JW: I see your point.

Vanessa: This society and country is so much like that and they want to tell you what to do. From that stems fetishes and perversions.  Personally, I like the word “perverse.” It means I’m not going straight the way you want me to go. Does sex mean procreation and that’s it?

Then I might as well be a plant.


Can I have a lick of your sucker?

The human mind is so vast in its thinking and its quirks that just being human is perverse. Society wants to keep a lid on it. That’s when it comes out sideways and that’s where you get the real perversion‚the harmful type.

JW: What’s your take on all the drama about the President and Monica Lewinsky?

Vanessa: It’s so amusing. Why is this the most important story in the world? Why don’t they just write, “The president gets a blow job.”

It all comes down to the media and money.

Don’t treat us like we’re stupid. We know there’s more important things to do than worry about Clinton’s sex life.

JW: Speaking of sex lives, how did you become a columnist on sex advice?

Vanessa: I write a column for Belle magazine on love and sex advice. It’s fun. I did an interview for the magazine and the response they got from women was very open and supportive. They came back and asked me if I would do a column. I call myself an “intellectual feminist bimbo” (laughs), not necessarily in that order.

Being a sexual woman and not afraid to exploit my sexuality is what feminism is really all about. It’s not about hating men and hating sex.

JW: How did the website come about? If you go to a search engine and put in “Vanessa Del Rio” you’re going to be there for a while. Wasn’t there an earlier web site?

Vanessa: Yeah, but that one was where I was just lending my name to it. I decided that I wanted to do my own web site where I could sell movies and tell stories or whatever else I thought would be interesting. I taught myself how to set up a web page, reading about HTML and Java and all.

I just decided: fuck it, I’m diving in.

Vanessa Del Rio by R. Crumb

JW: Well, I’m impressed.

But I have to admit that I’m bothered by something on your site: You call yourself a “slut” over and over.

Okay, you had sex on film, but as I talk to you I hear a woman who’s intelligent, who has opinions.

Calling yourself a slut seems like a put-down.

There certainly is no shortage of people who will pass judgment on how you’ve lived your life. Why do it yourself?

Vanessa: My boyfriend had the same problem. I did do things that people consider what a slut would do.

“You were Catholic. You did things against society. You had sex with all those men. You’re doing all these nasty things.”

It’s true. I did do all those things.

But meanwhile while people are telling me that they’re titillated in some way.

You can’t tell me that by looking at a picture of a genital, a pussy, a dick, a tit, that it does not in someway titillate.

If you somehow feel there’s something wrong with that then you feel something’s wrong with you.

I like to use the term “slut.”






If you notice I use the dictionary definition of the word on my site. If slut means a “wanton, horny, nasty woman” then how can I deny that? Every piece of mail I get tells me that they love me for it. That’s why I call myself a “slut goddess.”

JW: I can understand that. It’s the same philosophy that rappers apply when they take a negative word like “nigger” and change it to “nigga” and use it as a term of endearment.

Vanessa: Right.

I have to deal with what I’ve done because I was raised Catholic. I have the stigma on myself because society has instilled in me what I did was slutty or I was a whore.

There’s a part of me that says, “Oh my God” and a part of me that says, “You go girl, I like it.”

Because I did it. And I can’t deny it and I will not deny it. I will not try to repent for something I found pleasurable and still do.

JW: What’s the biggest misconception about Vanessa Del Rio?

Vanessa: That I swing from the rafters having sex 24 hours a day. I’m still looking to roll in some dough and still have fun. I’m a businesswoman and I love every aspect of it.

It  would exaggerating  to claim Vanessa and I are BFF’s  or anything, but we both had  a lot of fun with this interview and on the tenth year anniversary we discussed about doing another but it never came together.   Her biography never got written, but what did  was  Vanessa Del Rio: 50 Years of Slightly Slutty Behavior, an oversized (and expensive as the  $1000 limited edition of the book comes with an original Robert Crumb cover illustration and signed by Del Rio) coffee table book for ,   that goes deep into the legendary icon’s life and times.

Retired from skin flicks, the 61-year-old Del Rio maintains her website and occasionally shows up in movies like 2008’s “Soul Men”  as the “Full-Figured Neighbor” who humps the late Bernie Mac’s brains out.   At least he probably died happy.    Next up Del Rio is a feature biopic  in the way of the upcoming Linda Lovelace  film.

When it comes to being a sexual superstar, Vanessa Del Rio blows Linda Lovelace and unlike Lovelace, the Latin from Manhattan  has no regrets about it.

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It’s 30 Days in the Hole for Mr. Marcus

Allow me to give you a DOSE of this black diesel.

The enjoyment and consumption of pornography is still a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation where nobody talks about it openly, but it seems like almost everyone indulges in privately.   Yet if porn isn’t as dirty as it used to be, it occasionally reminds polite society why it still deserves its sleaze ball reputation.

The man widely believed to be behind the porn industry‘s syphilis scare last year, adult performer Mr. Marcus, was sentenced today to 30 days behind bars for “knowingly exposing at least two co-stars to syphilis after testing positive for the disease days earlier,” the L.A. City Attorney’s office announced this afternoon:

The 42-year-old porn star, whose real name is Jesse Spencer, pleaded no contest to exposing someone to a communicable disease, the office said.

His case rocked the porn world and sparked a short moratorium on production at a time when the industry was being pressured to adopt mandatory condom use, something that is now law in most of L.A. county.

Mr. Marcus will also see 36 months probation and 15 days of community labor, prosecutors said.

Four words of advice, Mr. Marcus. Don’t. Drop. The. Soap.    A fellow inmate might want to show they’re ready to break into the jizz biz.  By way of your rectum.

Porn may have become more mainstream in how the larger society views it and how it runs as a business, but it is still a business that traffics in flesh for fantasy and as such draws like moths to a flame some of the most desperate, damaged, depraved and unethical people in the world.

Some get out of it with body and soul intact. Others are left scarred for life based on their experiences.  Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV are part of the risk of having sex with strangers all the time.   There has to be a system in place to where the performers are being tested regularly and all it takes is one egotistical asshole to do what no law has done; shut the porn industry down.

Mr. Marcus is Absolutely Syphilicious

 “A lot of people in this industry didn’t know, were totally unaware how syphilis works. How this test reads it. I tried to cover it up. I didn’t want to have to share that part. Because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa. Mr. Marcus, syphilis? Mr. Marcus, the one I worked with? The one that everybody works with? The one that’s been in this industry forever?”

While others are probably culpable in allowing Mr. Marcus to perpetuate his dangerous deceit (and he may have contracted it from another porn star), the primary person responsible is Mr. Marcus. Remember: he deliberately altered his test results to indicate he didn’t have syphilis. That is stupid, selfish and high-risk behavior that justifies spending a little time in the slammer to think about his thoughtless behavior.

This isn’t about porn as much as it is about one extremely reckless, selfish and flat-out stupid “actor” who exposed women to a STD he knew he had, but kept working anyway. He knew what he was doing was wrong and putting others at risk. He simply didn’t care. These women were NOBODY to him.

Porn endures because it caters to fantasies of high-risk, yet risk-free sex, sex, sex.  That’s one reason the industry is fighting legal initiatives to make condom usage mandatory.    The pornographers claim it’s freedom of speech issue.   It also interferes with the fantasy and the cash flow and that can’t be allowed.

Then along comes a 19-year veteran of porn who instead of wrapping that rascal or shutting it down until his infection cleared up goes full stroke ahead and screws up the screwing.  Shit just got real.

30 days? The bastard got off easy.

“Please allow me to give you a hand, miss. Or two.”


The Ex-Porn Star Meets the Schoolkids

"Hi. I'm a famous former porn star. Mind if I read to your kids?"

Sasha Grey said she was just trying to help the children, but she’s wound up waist deep in drama with a bunch of grown-ups.

Grey, a former adult-film star who more recently had a role on “Entourage,” was participating in the Read Across America volunteer program, traveling to Emerson Elementary School in Compton this month to read to first and third graders.

But when parents learned of Grey’s appearance, complaints started rolling in, nodding to her former work for a much more mature audience. Award-winning work, mind you, albeit hard-core. But instead of finessing the concerned parents, the school district made the bizarre move of denying she’d been on campus.

Officials first said Grey was never present, according to TMZ, the outlet that posted photos of Sasha. At Emerson Elementary. Reading to the kids.

“I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent,” Grey said in a statement, adding that her porn past does not define who she is.

The way it probably worked is someone from the school called an agency for a guest speaker to read to the kiddies and they said, “Well, Sasha Grey is available. She’s appeared on Entourage and starred in a Stephen Soderberg movie.”

“Sounds great. Send her over.”

All it would have taken is a trip to to see among the other prestige projects Miss Grey has appeared in include such family friendly fare as “Masturbation Nation 3,” “House of Ass 6,” “Gang Bang My Face.” “Grand Theft Anal 11” and “Meet the Fuckers 7.”

Guessing Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro weren’t in that one.

I know we’re all supposed to be so hip and cool and not easily offended, but yeah, I could see why a few parents might be a bit upset.

They should be glad it wasn’t Show and Tell.

I have no fear or resentment of porn stars, prostitutes or sex workers. Ex-ones or current ones. I’m friends with them on Facebook, tweet with them on Twitter and exchange Xmas cards and holiday greetings with some that have done things that make Sasha Grey look like one of The Waltons.

Sasha bones up on her reading for the kiddies

Former porn stars, strippers, prostitutes and other sex workers are already toiling in our public schools. I interviewed one who was saving the money she made as an escort to open her own daycare center. Kids are already being read to by teachers their daddies may have watched putting bigger things than apples in their mouth.

I don’t believe it makes someone an uptight prude with a stick lodged where the sun don’t shine because they get a icky feeling at the thought of a former porn star reading to kids. It’s not looking down at Sasha Grey to know her past life includes getting raw dog in flicks that most folks wouldn’t want to get caught scoping out on their laptop while they’re sipping an iced ginger latte at Starbucks.

I got nothing but love for my porno pals. But I’m not going to sugarcoat what they did to get where they are. If it’s nothing to be ashamed of, why it’s make people clench up to mention it?

So what if a White former porn star read to a group of predominantly Black kids?  If it helps kids enjoy reading, what’s the harm?  I’d be more upset if Bernie Madoff were the reader.

The worst thing about Sasha Grey reading to a bunch of kids is it might prompt a discussion about her prior employment most parents would prefer to defer to a later time.

It’s a stretch to suggest an ex-porn star speaking to children is supporting the idea getting naked and having lots of sex with strangers while being filmed is a career option little Sally might want to consider if that being a nurse or lawyer thing don’t pan out.

I’m sure Miss Grey, like many other sexworkers, would proclaim loud and long her decision to enter pornography was hers alone and nobody made her, nobody forced her. That’s her decision and not being part of the Morality Police, I won’t condemn free adults for engaging in work and play I’m not personally interested in participating in.

I take the approach of the character of Chance in Being There. “I like to watch.”

I’m sure there are former porn stars whom have successfully transitioned from their past on all fours, but for the life of me, not one comes to mind.

Nina Hartley, a veteran of 25 years in the porn business doubts anyone with a porn stat past will ever make it in mainstream show business.

AVC: There’s always that old myth, too, that people are going out there to get a foot in the door of the entertainment world.

Nina Hartley has no crossover dreams.

NH: The last person I knew who came here somehow thinking that she was going to find her way into the straight business somehow through porn was 20 years ago. Here’s how bad it is in Hollywood: My husband tells the story of a medium-high-level agent at a big agency here, who apparently one time in college made a porn movie. For some reason, that movie made it onto DVD. He came to work one day, and that movie was on everybody’s desk. He had done it 15, 20 years previously, but he was fired that day. Now if you’re Jenna [Jameson] or if you’re Ron Jeremy, you might cross over into trash culture. Ron Jeremy has been on The Surreal Life, he’s been on the reality shows, but that’s trash culture. That’s where trash culture and porn culture intersect—at the very lowest, lowest, lowest rung of so-called legitimate entertainment. I don’t consider that crossing over, so I would never do that kind of junk.

It seems likely the only ex-sexworkers who mainstream back into society without a snag are the ones whom society forgot were sexworkers in the first place.

An EX porn star is trying to put her past behind her. If she wants to read to children why is that so bad?  We need more adults taking time out to read to kids. Whatever happened to forgiveness and redemption in this society?   What dirty little secrets are trapped in the closet of those who wag their finger against someone trying to better themselves?

Sasha Grey may one day out run her days in the skin game, but it’ll never happen as long as it keep getting thrown back in her face.

Carl Paladino Likes it Dirty.


Carl thinking about women, horses and how much fun they have together.


Without a doubt, the unholy marriage of the Republican Party and the Tea Party means the extremists have more power and influence than at any time since the heyday of Barry Goldwater and I suspect even he would be bothered by how far out there some of these folks are.

It’s not enough to have a Rand Paul in Kentucky saying the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a mistake because private businesses should be allowed to racially discriminate or Christine “Bewitched” McDonnell who crusades against masturbation and admits that while she doesn’t put out on the first date, a little witchcraft is okie-dokie.   Paul and O’Donnell aren’t even the biggest nuts running under the Republican banner.  Last week,  pictures surfaced of Rich Iott, some asshole here in Ohio who likes to dress up as a Nazi for WWII re-enactments.    Aw, and it turns out  John Boehner’s PAC had contributed to Iott’s campaign.   Whoops.  That’s embarrassing.

Then there’s Carl Paladino, the Tea Party candidate for governor in New York and one stone-cold crazy ass futhamucker.

At a speech where he denounced homosexuals and criticized his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo for marching in a Gay Pride parade, Paladino said, “We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts who seek to target our children and destroy their lives.”

It came out later that Paladino used to rent space in two of his buildings to–wait for it–gay night clubs.

It gets better (or a lot worse depending how you look at it).

Paladino told his wife he has a 10-year old love child.  She said she was okay with it.  Try that one on your wife and see how well that goes over.

Paladino forwarded racist and pornographic e-mails he received.    How racist and pornographic?  One picture featured President Obama and wife, Michelle as a pimp and prostitute.  That one I can show you.


Carl Paladino thinks this is funny. Do you?


The other stuff, I wouldn’t dare unless I want Word Press to shut me down cold.

From Talking Points Memo:

• A December 2008 email showing a video of African tribesmen performing a traditional dance. The video is entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal.”

• A September 2009 email entitled, “Easy Steady Big Fella….XXXX,” with a photograph that graphically depicts a horse having sex with a woman.

• A January 2010 email, containing a hardcore pornographic video entitled “Miss France 2008 Fucking.”

• A July 2009 email showing a photograph of an airplane landing directly behind a group of black men. The caption reads: “Holy Shit. run niggers, run!”

What kind of sick bastard do you have to be that you get off to a video of a woman copulating with a horse?   Apparently, the kind of sick bastard that wants to be the next governor of New York.    There is a website that has censored reproductions of some of the photos and videos  Paladino has forwarded to his friends, but I’m not going to hotlink it.  I don’t want to get anyone fired by going to a site that is NSFW in every sense of the word.  Let’s just say if you’re really curious, plug in “Paladino” and “WNY Media” into a search engine and you’ll probably find out exactly what kind of kink and raunch Paladino likes to spank it to.

Crazy Carl shrugged it off saying, “Let he who has never opened a graphic image on their Internet cast the first stone.”

Sure thing, Carl.  After all, what’s a little bestiality between friends?  Except I don’t have any friends that creepy and sick and don’t want any.

Crazy Carl is down by 10 to 20 points to New York attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, the son of former governor, Mario Cuomo.

That’s all? A crank like Paladino should be sucking hind teat by at least 30 to 40 points!

Come on, New York!  What the hell is your problem?  Wake up and kick this bigoted pervert to the curb.  I know Republicans want to win, but Jesus Christ, does that mean they’ll nominate and support a twisted little creep like this?   Are they that hard up?

Somewhere, Ronald Reagan is shaking his head and thinking, “What happened to the Republican Party I knew and loved?”

It’s gone, gone, gonzo, Ronnie.  Your party has been hijacked by bozos,  sickos and weirdos.   With the scurvy likes of Carl Paladino running under the Republican banner,  the G.O.P. now stands for “Gross Old Perverts.”

Has porn made rape a spectator sport?

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Gang rape is not fashionable.

Whenever Halloween comes around its a stock news story to come up with favorite horror movies.   Not everyone enjoys a good scare, but those who do usually cite films like Psycho,  The Exorcist,  A Nightmare On Elm Street and of course, Halloween.

Worthy candidates one and all, but I find real life far scarier than anything Hollywood cranks out.

The story coming out of Richmond, California of the gang rape of a 15-year-old-girl outside of a high school homecoming dance is far more terrifying than Freddy, Jason or Michael Meyers.    The sexual assault itself  is disturbing enough.  What blasts this case into the stratosphere is the shocking additional detail that as many as 20 people were involved in or witnessed the rape without calling 911 or making any attempt to stop it. 

Rather than join the reative hand-wringing about what happened to our morality and making comparisons to the Kitty Genovese case, I think it might be approrpriate to look in another direction.  Maybe it’s men who need to look at ourselves and what our insatiable appetite for pornography does in contributing to a culture where rape becomes a spectator sport. 

Porn was never innocent, but it’s become increasingly hardened and jaded.

Taking a stroll through the adult DVD section of my friendly, neighborhood video store and there is an abundance of “gang bang” videos where multiple men double team, triple team and more one woman. Virtually every orifice is penetrated and without fail the woman is portrayed as loving it as the men use her as a two-legged wank rag.

It got so ridiculous that the gangbang genre began to go for “world records”. There’s nothing “regular” about sex with 300 men at a time.

The World's Biggest Gangbang DVD

There's gonzo and there's porn. Then there's gonzo porn.

How much porn depicts women dressed up as schoolgirls, cheerleaders and otherwise younger than they are? What’s that about? Well, actually we know what it’s about. It’s sweet young things vs. dirty old men, but the odd are tilted in the favor of the dirty old man.

Porn is great for guys when they want to see other people doing what they’d like to be doing, but it’s important to remember ALL pornography is an illusion and there’s an awful lot of people damaged by it and no one gets damaged more than many of the women involved in it.  Author Chris Hedges looked in hs book From Empire of Illuion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle pulled back the curtain of mainstream acceptance pornography has enjoyed to find its ugly downside and the toil it takes on women to be lurking just out of sight:

The porn films are not about sex. Sex is airbrushed and digitally washed out of the films. There is no acting because none of the women are permitted to have what amounts to a personality.

The one emotion they are allowed to display is an unquenchable desire to satisfy men, especially if that desire involves the women’s physical and emotional degradation. The lighting in the films is harsh and clinical. Pubic hair is shaved off to give the women the look of young girls or rubber dolls. Porn, which advertises itself as sex, is a bizarre, bleached pantomime of sex. The acts onscreen are beyond human endurance. The scenarios are absurd. The manicured and groomed bodies, the huge artificial breasts, the pouting, oversized lips, the erections that never go down, and the sculpted bodies are unreal. Makeup and production mask blemishes. There are no beads of sweat, no wrinkle lines, no human imperfections. Sex is reduced to a narrow spectrum of sterilized dimensions. It does not include the dank smell of human bodies, the thump of a pulse, taste, breath — or tenderness. Those in the films are puppets, packaged female commodities. They have no honest emotions, are devoid of authentic human beauty and resemble plastic. Pornography does not promote sex, if one defines sex as a shared act between two partners. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.

“The Illusion of Love”

I’m not blaming pornography for what happened to this poor girl. That would be too easy and simplistic an answer without knowing more and porn is a easy whipping boy to blame. But young people are expolsed to sexual stimuli at younger and younger ages and it’s not always in a healthy, wholesome or realistic way. Nobody admits to liking it, but millions do. Within limits, that’s fine, but some people have problems with setting limits. They lose sight of what porn does to them and have no clue as to what it does to the participants.

Feminist writer Robin Morgan said in 1980, “Pornography is the theory; rape is the practice.”   My wife and I would view porn movies when we were dating in the Eighties.  Even then, there were genres of porn we gave a wide berth to  because they were a little too rough and not remotely romantic or  a turn on to us.    Our porn flick days are long over, but if she were to suggest I pick up a hot DVD to watch after the kids were safely in bed, I’d be hard pressed to find anything that wasn’t the kind of crap we avoided back in the day.

anti-pornography activist Shelley Luebben

Former porn actress Shelley Lubben now leads others out of it.

Shelley Lubben,  who is prominently mentioned in Hedges’ essa,  is a former porn starlet who quit the biz, got religion and now helps other porn stars get out of the business through her Pink Cross Foundation. Lubben isn’t remotely sentimential about her experiences in pornography.

Lubben describes the scene of a hardcore porn film as devoid of intimacy, and describes it as “all mechanical and beastly”. She further writes that “women are vomiting off the set, and most of the actors are doing drugs and alcohol.”She has experienced and testifies to the fact that the sex acts that girls “have to do” on the porn sets are physically harmful (including anal and uterus hemorrhaging) and psychologically traumatizing.

Nothing says “romance” like having to clean off the stinking body fluids of total strangers with a half-empty box of baby wipes or a crusty old towel.

When women aren’t viewed as fully human it’s easy to consider them  as sport. They become objects to be possessed, enjoyed for a time, discarded and occasionally destroyed, when they can no longer provide gratification. Porn desensitizes both its participants and consumers over time. The crime in Richmond was the act of violence directed toward this girl who simply wanted to have a good time at a high school dance. The shame lies with those poor excuses for humanity who laughed, cheered or stood by meek, stupid and useless.

Most of us can only shake our heads in total disbelief and disgust over how young men can degrade a woman in such a way and how other people can stand around like cows grazing in a field and not do anything. I’m afraid we’ve made it easy. Rape, whether it’s used by thugs on a street in America or the Jangaweed in Darfur, is the ultimate weapon men use to degrade, demean and destroy women.

I was always uncomfortable reading the writings of self-described radical feminists such as the late Andrea Dworkin because she was unsparing and withering in her critiques of how pornography and rape are two sides of the same coin. I would suspect were Ms. Dworkin still alive she would not be at all surprised by this incident. If anything she would only be surprised anyone is surprised.

…pornography is the orchestrated destruction of women’s bodies and souls; rape, battery, incest, and prostitution animate it; dehumanization and sadism characterize it; it is war on women, serial assaults on dignity, identity, and human worth; it is tyranny. Each woman who has survived knows from the experience of her own life that pornography is captivity–the woman trapped in the picture used on the woman trapped wherever he’s got her.

The vermin who raped and assaulted the woman in Richmond are not monsters from another planet. They’re just ordinary males who may have grown up exposed to a lifetime of  junk food movies where women are trussed up like turkeys and slaughtered such as Hostel II where a screaming, crying girl is stripped naked, bound and suspended from the ceiling while she is sliced open with a blade as a woman bathes in her blood or the excrescense that are the endless Saw films.

Hostel II

Film depictions of torture and death don't cause rape, but do they make rape more acceptable?

Rape has nothing to do with sex except that the penis is wielded as the blunt instrument of assault. Men have always taken women by means of violence. Sexually explicit material, torture porn films, and misogynistic music videos only aid in the general numbing of human souls. They don’t cause rape, but do they make raping a woman less of a horror than it is?

It’s a question that won’t be answered by trials and convictions in the Richmond rape trials to come.    It still bears being asked.