Pornography and the Internet Democratize Sexual Degeneracy

It used to be being a sexual degenerate wasn’t easy. It took looks, social skills, money, and/or social status. In a highly stratified society it still wasn’t too hard, if only due to the availability of cheap prostitutes. Venereal disease or inconvenient pregnancy was still a risk. In a low-stratification environment differences in power, money or status wouldn’t help support it, but in a high-stratification environment- any city ever- it would be easier.

Rich people have always had the ability to be sexually degenerate, and it has generally been understood that rich people can do what they want. A recent peak of this was the Regency period of the early 19th century in England. Being rich, beautiful, and being sexually pursued by rich, beautiful men is a big fantasy for women, as we see in the many romance novels set in this environment.

Around this time England was also urbanizing, and displaced peasants didn’t have the social constraints they had in the country, so they went crazy as well. This became inconvenient for the powerful, so in the Victorian era sexual morality was encouraged.

In the 20th century the new elite, the moral elite of educators and social reformers, decided they liked sexual degeneracy but they couldn’t have one set of rules for themselves and one for everyone else- this was their critique of the old elite. So they decided it should be OK for everyone to do whatever they wanted sexually.

This didn’t change the difficulty of doing it so it didn’t catch on quickly. Then came antibiotics, then oral birth control, then legal abortion, along with automobiles, more prosperity, and more young people away from their parents.

Still a lot of people couldn’t participate, or only in a limited fashion. Pornography became more available around this time, in print form, and even poor and ugly men can afford this. But you had to go buy it, which was embarrassing. Movie theaters showed pornographic movies, but again it was embarrassing to go in.

Home video made seeing filmed pornography easier to see. Then the internet made available to everyone in their home.

Being a voyeur is a kind of sexual degenerate. It’s a pretty poor kind, with none of the prestige of being a sexually promiscuous man, but it’s one nonetheless. Being one kind of sexual degenerate makes it very difficult to criticize any other, which is the whole point.

The bar can be set many different places, high or low, but God sets it pretty high. You don’t even have to look at porn, there are plenty of people just watching around you can get porno about. The logical choice- the choice we are patiently presented with, again and again- is to just give up. But as we have seen, there is another option, to hold up the ideal publicly even if we can’t do it privately and just keep trying.

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2 responses to “Pornography and the Internet Democratize Sexual Degeneracy

  1. Excellent post, but I’m afraid I didn’t understand this sentence: “You don’t even have to look at porn, there are plenty of people just watching around you can get porno about.”

    Could you rephrase that so I can understand what you’re getting at?

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