Does anybody remember when pornography was something you had to go somewhere to get?

It seems like a quaint idea now, but when I was a kid (born 1977,) there was one place in town where pornography was sold, the Newsstand.  To get pornography, you had to (1) get to town, (2) enter into the demarcated “adult” section of the Newsstand, and (3) physically carry pornographic material to another person to purchase (or, if you were underage, stuff it under your coat and run out.)  I never did this, but I had friends that did.

Everything had changed by the time I turned 19.  That was my age when a friend had me over to his house to show me the World Wide Web for the first time.  He had been on with his 9900 baud MODEM for nearly a week straight when I got there, fascinated by the sheer amount, variety, and novelty of pornography that was free for the asking.   It wasn’t that he was titillated, just agog at the idea that pornography was now free of human interaction, and such an idea was so foreign to us at the time that its contemplation was sufficient to make us stand in awe.  (I got over the awe very quickly and left, but still, it was real awe.)

Yep, his (and, unwillingly, my own, as well as millions of others’) entrance into the age of instant reference was heralded by a flood of sex.  And the flood couldn’t have come at a worse time in our history.
America, and the rest of Western Civilization, has been dying of sexual obsession for a long time.  The obsession, like every other crackpot theory since the Enlightenment, is rooted in a rejection of God.  Ever since Sigmund Freud assured us that sex was in fact the only real reason we do anything, the intelligentsia have been asking us to eschew our old philosophical and religious “hang-ups” about sex and accept that, in this godless universe, the only real satisfaction to be had is sexual.  (A lie as old as the Ba’al cult, at least.)

At first, Christianity held up a valiant resistance to the deification of sexual gratification through the 19th century. The mainstream Protestants, beginning with the Anglicans in the 1930’s, were the first to break ranks with their acceptance of contraception in marital relations, thus accepting the demonic proposition that sex in marriage is entirely about the people having it.  After a while, the Evangelical branch of Protestantism followed suit, leaving only the Catholics and (some) Orthodox to defend ancient Christian moral theology.

Society began its sexualization in earnest in the 1950’s . . .

(more to come this weekend)