‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’ by Chris Hedges Feb 15, 2015 on TruthDig

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” = Book + Movie = Unfortunately Sadism Dominates USA culture

SADISM = Core of pornography and global capitalism.


SADISM = Glorifies dehumanization of women.

SADISM = Champions a world devoid of compassion, empathy and love.

SADISM = Eroticizes hypermasculine power = Abuse + Degradation + Humiliation + Torture of women whose personalities have been removed.

SADISM = Women whose only desire is to debase themselves in the service of male lust.

50 Shades Film + “American Sniper” = Accepts a predatory world that exploits the weak and vulnerable as objects = Glorifies the powerful narcissistic violent demigods in a capitalist hell = as natural and good.

“Pornography,” Robert Jensen writes, “is what the end of the world looks like.”

Americans = In decay = Living in fantasy + Amusements + Spectacles + Sporting events + Social media + Porn + Alluring luxury products + Drugs + Alcohol + Magic Jesus = Yearn to be rich + Powerful + Celebrities = Uncaringly trample others to build a pathetic little empire = Nearly all of us will never attain that empire.

Americans = Ambitions are collective self-delusion in a culture of manipulation and lies.

Porn eroticizes sadism = Women paid to be BELITTLED – TORTURED – ABUSED or DEGRADED

Porn = Removes Human Imperfections = Silicone + Gel-inflated + Bodies sculpted by plastic surgeons + Drug-induced Sex

Porn = Not about sex but lonely masturbation devoid of intimacy and love. = The cult of self lies at the core of corporate culture.

Porn = Like global capitalism = Where human beings are sent to die as real humans.

Porn = Immense danger of replacing intimacy, sex, and love.

Porn = Not free speech as women lose all their rights = sexually humiliated and abused

A new wave of feminists = Betrayed honesty in favor of sexual degradation = Stunted products of neoliberalism

Today’s Feminism = NOT liberation of women, But dwells on a handful of women who are successful, powerful and wealthy = Collusion by these few women results in internalize oppression and sexual violence.

Porn = “A vast graveyard where the Left has gone to die. The Left cannot have its whores and its politics too.”

Gail Dines = One of the most important radicals in USA = Author of “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality” + Professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College.

Dines = Decries Porn culture as depraved as Caligula’s Rome.

Dines = Porn Industry has “Hijacked the sexuality of an entire culture and is laying waste to a whole generation of boys. And when you lay waste to a generation of boys, you lay waste to a generation of girls.”

Dines = “When you fight porn you fight global capitalism. The venture capitalists, the banks, the credit card companies are all in this feeding chain.”

Dines = Media never covers anti-porn stories. The media is implicated. It is financially in bed with these companies.

Porn = tells humans we have nothing left = No integrity + No desire + No creativity + No authenticity = Women reduced to three orifices and two hands.

Porn = Woven into corporate destruction of intimacy and connectedness

Porn = Assumes and makes a society where people are NOT connected to other human beings in real communities

Porn = Watching another human being tortured in many cases.

Porn = Helps justify ideological system of inequality = Women are only good for sex and don’t deserve full equality = legitimizes inequality

Porn = Tells you that inequality between women and men is biologically based = Women just don’t deserve equality = Complete Male domination of women.

Porn = To keep and grow male viewers produces ever more violent and debasing videos that can THREATEN the life and safety of the women performing.

Porn = Went mainstream and that promoted stripping + Promiscuity + S&M + Exhibitionism = Became Chic.

Porn = Sets standards for female beauty and female behavior = Terrifying impacts on girls.

Porn = Gives women two choices = CONFORM TO PORN or be invisible = Conforming to porn culture and looking hot and being submissive to what the man wants or be invisible. Adolescent girls are dying for visibility.

Dines = Porn was NO accident but grew out of the commodity culture = Corporate capitalists sell products and Porn is a very HOT product.

Capitalists = Jump-start economies by getting people to spend money on stuff they don’t need. Teaching men how to spend money was Playboy Magazine commodifing sexuality + Sexualizing commodities.

Playboy Promise = If you buy this stuff at Playboy level you to will get the prize of the women. Porn was wrapped around advertised commodities = Air of respectablity.

Porn = NOW its computers and the Internet that pornified your cellphone.

Porn = Global industry = $96 billion and USA worth $13 billion.

Porn = Correlates with an explosion in sex-related violence, including domestic abuse, rape and gang rape + men murder their partners = over a thousand homicides/year or a 911 every 3 years.

Porn = Portable Mobile phones for men in Brazil and India + Kids = widespread

Porn = Most users are adolescent boys who get addicted at around 12 to 15.

Porn = Boys develop a sexual template and sexual identity for life = If they go into cruel, hardcore, violent porn then they don’t want intimacy and connection = Boys are losing interest and capability with real women = LOVE IS GONE AND HATING AND DESPISING IS IN ITS PLACE.

PORN = REPLACES LOVE with violence, degradation, cruelty and hate.

Porn = Eventually caters to porn’s pedophilia = Packaged commodities or dolls or sexual puppets + Stripped of Emotions.

Porn = Keep ratcheting up the violence and submission of the woman = Submissiveness leads to children. = Adult porn often leads to child porn.

DINES = “Pornography has socialized a generation of men into watching sexual torture. You are not born with that capacity. You have to be trained into it.”

Like soldiers are trained to dehumanize enemies, porn dehumanizes women.