Cable & Satellite Corporations and The Porn Problem

by Joshua Hoe

As a sex addict, I have learned to stay away from, or at least avoid most adult entertainment.

After a discussion that I had with a friend of mine (who works with a local cable company and was talking about how profitable porn is for cable companies), I made the mistake of searching ALL of my channel offerings to see what was going on.

Holy Cow.

I rarely agree with the GOP about anything, but on this one issue, we have probably found common ground.

The subject matter of most “cable-available porn” is shocking.

From my experience and the experience of the many addicts that I have known, adding taboo subject matter to sexual fantasy is like pouring gas on a fire (It adds excitement, guilt, and shame feelings to an arousal situation already filled with dopamine release).

What’s The Problem?

The shocking thing to me was not that cable companies offer pornography through PPV but how extreme the subject matter seems.

Almost of the titles I saw dealt with seriously taboo subjects. Exactly the same kinds of subjects that most experts suggest can be dangerous.

However, when I read corporate responses they claim that the content is “soft core” etc.

We can certainly have a debate about if porn is good or bad (I take the side that for most men it is pernicious). But evidence is starting to mount against porn in general.

The types of behaviors shown are particularly important as specialist Dr. Eric Scrimshaw (who is not an opponent in general) explained:

“Rather, research has started to show that it is only viewing of specific types of pornography or specific behaviors within pornography,” he said. “For example, in our research we found that men who watched more hours of pornography in general were no more or less likely to use condoms in real life. It was only men who viewed pornography that contained condom-less sex who were found to use condoms less,” Schrimshaw said. “Men who watch pornography in which performers use condoms actually use condoms more frequently.”

From what my friend said, a HUGE amount of cable revenue comes from these taboo offerings.

I did a little research and while the cable and satellite companies refuse to release records from this part of their business, they do (more or less) confirm that it is a HUGE revenue generator for them.

And if the taboo subject matter did not matter, why is almost every title offered about a taboo subject?

Regulations, Laws, or Boycotts?

I think that trying to regulate or shut these businesses down will run directly into very well-established SCOTUS precedent.

However, I think that putting public pressure on these companies by confronting them in the media with the titles of the movies they are selling might be effective.

Spotlighting and boycotting could be really effective ways of changing this kind of exploitation.

I usually am pretty measured, and I don’t want to suggest curtailing free speech (I also think the SCOTUS would strike down almost any conceivable regulation). But, I do think it might be time for these companies to be publically confronted with the realities of their own content.

What do you think of porn regulations? Do you have any suggestions for the best mechanisms to effect change? Let me know, leave a comment!

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2 thoughts on “Cable & Satellite Corporations and The Porn Problem

  1. I agree with you Josh. Anything to enhance the proliferation of pornagraphy would be a mistake. It’s invading our society enough as it is. Thank you for writing bravely on a subject most people wouldn’t touch.

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    1. Well, there is a pretty large grassroots movement starting to attempt to rein in porn. I doubt they will be able to restrict it much through legal means (because “First Amendment”) but boycotts and public pressure on sellers could work. Thanks for the kind words.

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