Decade of Decadence #9: The Problems of Convenience

It's funny. They've done multiple surveys of literally tens of thousands of men and asked them whether they look at porn - the answer is always the same: no, not even occasionally.  Yet, the porn industry is, by some estimates, a 90+ billion dollar industry worldwide, 14 billion in the U.S...... it would seem someone's not telling the truth.

Truth be told, modern technology has engendered a degree of secrecy.  It has enabled adult material to be viewed under lock and key, far from society's judgment.  No longer must you purchase a ticket to the Pussycat Theater out in the open - you can just watch pay-per-view (one of the porn industry's highest revenue sources). No longer must you look your cashier in the eye as you purchase that issue of Juggs magazine - the Internet is a more than suitable alternative, comfortably removed from people who might see your "dirty little secret".

I would argue that this is a bad thing - a very bad thing. And let me tell you why.

Convenience is appealing, but convenience often leads to abuse.  Make something easy to get, you can just about guarantee people will abuse the hell out of it.  It's just a fact.  Look at what happened with food - once food became ultra convenient (i.e. fast food and packaged processed foods), Americans became ultra fat.  It's not like we used that extra time saved constructively.  Hell no.  We used that extra time to stuff our face with more food and watch more TV.

The same is true with porn.  It's always only a mouse click away. I am literally, right now, only about 3 seconds away from seeing the dirtiest raunchiest porn ever created.  I don't have to get my coat on, drive downtown, find parking, wait in line at the ticket booth, etc. just to catch some "adult entertainment".  Quite the contrary.  I just need to click my mouse a couple times and "BAM" porn appears like magic.

Sounds like heaven? Well, just like fast food, it has become widely abused.  I've no problem with porn - but there's millions of guys out there beating-off like insane spider monkeys to the detriment of their quality of life. I think a lot of guys need that pain-in-the-ass car ride downtown to keep their libidos in check.

Another fact to consider is the hypocrisy of it all.  When you can conceal it, you can pretend you don't do it.  It's awfully hard for me to play pious saint when I've got to buy my Hustler out in the open.  I mean, what does it say about a society that spends nearly 20 billion dollars on porn, but hardly anyone will own up to spending a nickle? Seems like we've got issues.

For a brief period, Americans put the hypocrisy aside and lightened up.  Streets of even the smallest conservative leaning towns would have Deep Throat at the drive-in and Stag magazine available at the grocery store.  The "hang ups" would seem to have been lifted, albeit briefly.  For a moment in time, Americans could wait in line for Naughty Nymphos with their head held high.  Oh, how sweet it must have been.

But, you probably have already anticipated the sad conclusion to this sexual liberation.  Sure, the movie theaters and magazines were now open and guilt free.... but so was actual sex.  In other words, porn may have been less convenient in the 1970s, sexual intercourse with a real live person was much more convenient.  It was free love, baby.  Get yourself a custom van and get to f***ing!

Once again, Americans take convenience to the limit, and it becomes abused.  Sexually transmitted diseases became epidemic.  If you were twentysomething in the seventies, I'm guessing you had VD at some point.  Say what you like, but all actions have consequences and sex is by no means an exception.  To pretend it is is to lie to yourself.

So, to wrap it up: convenience promises liberation, but inevitably brings its own set of problems.  This is not fortune cookie philosophy, but rather reality being played out through the decades.  Name your elixir and will turn to poison when it's easy to get.


  1. I admit it, it's me. I'm keeping the entire american porn industry afloat. now can we stop acting like it's something no one does?

  2. Definite truth here. And definitely odd that adults can be pretty up front about lots of things, but not this.

    Maybe this is yet another closet people need to step out of.

    "My name is Joe and I watch porn."

  3. I miss those days, too. I wish the adult theatres were as prominent as they used to be just because it would force people to be more open. That's just me, though. I enjoy the amateur stuff.

  4. With regards to the free love thing, I think the killing blow was AIDs. Save for syphilis, you couldn't really *die* from VD and suddenly AIDs comes along and its whole deal was sex=death, even though we know you can get it from blood transfusions and then this whole backwards thinking conservative movement putting the stigma back on premartial sex. That's my understanding of it.

  5. The most brilliant line of your excellent post came at the very end: " Name your elixir and will turn to poison when it's easy to get."

    Porn's not my thing, but information and knowledge is. Some days I feel like Johnny Five from Short Circuit - "NEED MORE INPUT!" I can waste hours on news websites, science sites, history sites, opinion sites, humor sites... it's the non-sexual version of "beating-off like insane spider monkeys to the detriment of their quality of life" - And it's all enabled by having what's basically a library in my home at my fingertips.

  6. You know what else is lost? The idea that anal sex is aberrant. thanks to pron. I'm sick of prons fixation with anal sex and how pron purveyors try to make getting your squeakhole pounded is pleasurable and normal.

    www.buttsareforpooping.com !!!!

  7. really? people still pay for porn? it may take a few more clicks but one can find quite a bit for free

  8. @ Rose, I get what you mean. Sometimes I'll waste a whole day looking on a certain site or reading articles. When I don't have Internet, I feel like I'm 'missing out' and caught out of the loop of news and information.

  9. Great article, but I do think you skip over a couple of decades to get from the openness of the 1970s to the internet enabling porn of the late 1990s.

    Long before the internet, I think pornography (and sex in general) was driven underground in the 1980s through the Ed Meese/Ronald Reagan conservative crusades, the very important invention of the VCR, the rise of anti-porn efforts in the feminist movement, and (as mentioned above) fear cause by the AIDS epidemic.

    I'd write more, but I have to go do more internet pornography 'research' to support my claims.