• Republican Platform Targets All Pornography

    Like voting Republican, watching pornography is something a majority of men do, but after the Republicans approve their platform later today, it won't be clear which is the more shameful act

    The Republican Party is calling for a crackdown on pornography in a move that could pit social conservatives against hotel operators, television providers and other businesses that profit from the sale of sexually explicit material.

    As they prepare to nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate for the November 6 election, Republicans have added language to their official platform that anti-smut activists said would encourage the federal government to step up prosecution of pornography involving adults.

    Previous versions of the Republican platform only targeted child pornography, the only form of child labor not backed by Newt Gingrich, while the new wording  call for "laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity…to be vigorously enforced." Current, rarely-enforced, federal obscenity laws  prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, in retail shops and in hotel rooms.

    Ironically, a 2009 study found that eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in the 2008 election, while six out of the lowest 10 favored Barack Obama (the study used credit card data, so maybe liberals are just cheap).

    Nevertheless, it's stats like those that make the scene at the Republican convention increasingly unrealistic, but strangely familiar. The lighting is too bright, the plot's thin and the dialogue is unbelievable. And while the platform calls for a crackdown on porn, its other provisions will ensure we can still watch women getting screwed.

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    Tags: Porn, Republican National Convention, Sex


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