A pornographic response to porn

Kudos to the Times‘ Maggie Jones for highlighting the issue [of teen exposure to online pornography], but if this were a math assignment she would only get partial credit. She’s guessed the correct answer without quite understanding what makes it so. The Times piece seems to imply that pornography is hurting our children by showing them the wrong kind of sex—male dominated, aggressive, overwhelmingly straight, and featuring bodies that conform to outmoded beauty standards (which is to say, beauty standards). The unarticulated subtext is that if only children were watching some “woke” version of pornography, the issue wouldn’t be so alarming. It’s a response almost as crass as the subject it explores, an anemic reaction to an issue that’s more than an isolated contemporary technological predicament: it’s emblematic of the deeper operating logic of contemporary society as a whole. Simply put, it was a pornographic response to pornography.

(Scott Beauchamps, The Pornification of Everything) Beauchamps also discusses the anthropology of philosopher Byung-Chul Han, of whom I had not previously heard.

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Sunday, 10/1/17

Ross Douthat wrote an awesome obituary of Hugh Hefner, titled Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner. As someone on Twitter said, it may not be Douthat’s best, but it certainly was one of his most fun to read.

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Kevin Williamson is not quite as harsh toward Chelsea Clinton, who is now fair game as she is being groomed for New York’s 17th Congressional District. (Meanwhile, the GOP leadership is caucusing on where to hold the next séance with Ronald Reagan.)

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How did the national anthem come to be played at sporting events?

War.

(If we drop it, can we drop the wars, too?)

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Speaking of sporting events, David French has an open letter to the NCAA. It’s a familiar argument. I have my own reasons for wishing the extreme diminution of the NCAA.

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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

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