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September 12, 2005

Imagine porn for world peace and a better tomorrow. Yes, since I make a living as a professional critic one might assume that I am a cynical bastard. Nevertheless, although I've never been accused of being overly optimistic in life, I have often been accused of been an idealist and seeing the best in people. Surprisingly this last part is often seen as a fault rather than a quality, but as an idealist one readily accepts that being a better person doesn't win you any awards, it a question of personal principle and merit. How can I wax so philosophically...

Imagine porn for world peace and a better tomorrow. Yes, since I make a living as a professional critic one might assume that I am a cynical bastard. Nevertheless, although I've never been accused of being overly optimistic in life, I have often been accused of been an idealist and seeing the best in people. Surprisingly this last part is often seen as a fault rather than a quality, but as an idealist one readily accepts that being a better person doesn't win you any awards, it a question of personal principle and merit.

How can I wax so philosophically about the good in porn then you ask? I feel it's gotten a bum rap over the years and its seedy reputation although perhaps appropriate for some aspects of the business doesn't necessarily have to apply to the concept as a whole.

Critics always claim it causes aggression and the objectification of human beings as sexual objects. There's no denying that perhaps it can change the way some people see the world, but after having seen more porn in the last couple of years than I had ever seen before I realize that "objectifying" doesn't have to be a bad thing.

It dawned on me the other day on one of my coffee breaks that suddenly I observe the world around me differently than before. After having reviewed many "fetish" sites, I no longer see people as arbitrarily attractive or unattractive. Instead, I recognize that all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors have their own appeal to various audiences in the community once it steps outside the confines of polite society. Compared to the images of film, television and advertising, a wider range of types of women and men are considered sexy, attractive and even beautiful. It's not strictly anorexic models and actors with perfect teeth in the porn industry, which is not what we can say for Hollywood or the ad business anymore.

In the end, just as it helps with public speaking, wouldn't the world be a better place if we imagined everyone in the nude? Maybe we wouldn't always appreciate every image that we conjured up, but it's awfully hard to hate or fear raw naked humanity when you remove all the layers. Disliking and distrusting strangers normally comes from subjectively bad experiences, learning to be objective can actually help you to accept the world around you for what it is, flaws and all.

Who would think that being naughty could make one so much nicer?

Posted by Will Peters at September 12, 2005 5:00 PM

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