December 28th, 2005

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09:36 pm - on prurience and prudishness... (and a little about pictures)

Originally uploaded by chrismaverick.
so if you've been paying attention to me over the last... I dunno 15 years or so, you might have noticed that I'm really really really into sex. I'm also really really really into free speech. One might say that those are kinda my things.

I've certainly posted before on topics that involve both of those things, but oddly, I don't think I've ever asked people where they fall in their beliefs along those issues.

So I was listening to the Howard100 News on my new Sirius. And I got to thinking about the circumstances that caused Stern to leave terrestial radio in the first place.

Why do we have standards of decency anyway?

Yeah, yeah, yeah... for the children. You know what? Fuck the children. Seriously. According to the US Census for 2000, 25.7% of the population is under 18. That's it. One out of every 4 people in this country is not "old enough to make sexual decisions." Only I don't really like that law either. I think it should be younger. Lets face it, sexual awareness doesn't come at 18. Even without changing age of consent, I think we should at least accept that any kid who doesn't have a full understanding of sex by age, lets say 14, is going to die a virgin. Unless of course the kid is a dimwitted big-boobied blonde. Then she's just going to be a repeat date rape victim. So the only census data I can find for younger than 18 says that 6.8% are under 5. So Let's just assume that maybe 17% or so are under 14. So around 1 in 6. And really fuck them.

I've complained a bit before about beststephi's sister-in-law and how I feel she is overly protective of her kids. What I don't point out so much is that i totally support her right to do that. At (day after) Christmas dinner on Monday, Steph's family was watching one of my wrestling matches on my laptop and Amy wouldn't let Ethan, her 6-year-old son, watch because "it was inappropriate." He was pissed, but I think that's her right to do. Basically, it just sucks to be Ethan. But saying that I shouldn't be allowed to show it at all, or that the practice of pro-wrestling should be banned, that would clearly be wrong.

Is turning the channel really so hard to do if something offends you? Is not going to a movie or reading a book, (or not allowing your children do so) that difficult? Amy can handle it. Why can't other parents? Actually most parents do. In July of this year, the PTC proudly announced on their website that they had lobbied a record 23,542 to the FCC. The FCC's website records 23,547 complaints for that month. That means of all the complaints, 99.98%, all but 5, come from the same people. ALL BUT FIVE! Fuck them, too.

But that wasn't really my point. My point is, who decides what's appropriate and what's not in the first place? According to the FCC website, obscenity is defined as this:

Obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment and cannot be broadcast at any time. To be obscene, material must meet a three-prong test:
  • An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
  • The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and
  • The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

So that means pretty much the only thing that can ever be ruled as obscene is sex related content. That's rule 1 right there. (Indecent content is similarly defined, only it's less strict than obscene, and also bans content that involves excretory functions, not just sex.) Why is sex singled out. Is that the be all end all of evil that we must be protected from? The FCC goes so far as to say first amendment rights don't apply because the first amendment doesn't protect obscenity. Why the hell not? How come the first amendment protects racism but not kinkyness? Why is it ok for me to go on tv and complain about the honkies, spics, kikes, gooks, niggers and towelheads but not to show a woman's boob (something that most men seem to enjoy looking at) during halftime of the superbowl (something watched by most men)? Why is it ok for me to go on the radio and tell all the jews, christians, buddhists, atheists and whoever else doesn't worship his holiness Jay-Z that they're going to burn in Queens for their heresy but not to talk about how much fun it is to fuck two girls, dressed in vinyl catholic school girl outfits at the same time while you're chained to the bed with a ball gag in your mouth and having a midget tape it? Where's the logic there?

Let's just spitball for a moment and say we totally get rid of decency laws and regulations altogether. Is that really going to spell the end of society? Let's say a kid sees a tit on national TV during half-time of the Superbowl. Does he grow up to be a rapist? A mass murderer? Or is it something else? Will he have impure thoughts? *shiver* You know what? I have an impure thought about 600 times a day. And I'm still a productive member of society. You know... More or less.

So this is a serious question. What's the worst that can happen? Why are people so afraid of sex. People protest porn, prostitution, strip clubs. Why? The guy down the street wants to listen to a radio program where people make sex jokes, who's he hurting? The girl over there wants to make a couple of extra bucks for school by shaking her boobies on stage for a bunch of drunk guys, shouldn't that be here right? If I want to go fuck the Laker girls in a hottub, we're all consenting adults, right? If a couple of guys want to discretely sodomize each other in a locked bathroom stall... well... I mean, so long as I don't have to take a dump, right?

I have a lot of wacky beliefs. Tons of them. Let's just say that I'm a few fries short of a happy meal, ok? But I never try to force any of my beliefs, sexual or otherwise on other people. I like sex, but I've never raped anyone. I worship Jay-Z but I've never kidnapped anyone and tried to brainwash them into agreeing. I think Monty Python fucking sucks big donkey dick. But I don't protest their movies. I just keep to myself and look down my nose and silently disdain all of you who don't agree with me. Why are the anti-sex people always so gung ho about making a big stink?

I think they just don't get laid enough.

In other news, I think I'm well past overusing the photos from the old shoots of me, Steph, nowishere, fromlust2dust, thebenedictine, joy_dee and princessdiablo. I need to do more photoshoots. sexyhockihoochi, you're already on deck, we should do it soon, before you're gone back to school (and you better not leave without giving back my DVDs! :-P ). But who else wants to do one? marmal8, you had been interested at one point. I might have time on Saturday before getting ready for NYE parties. So Nicki, Katherine or anyone else who wants to provide me with sexiness for artwork and photoblogs, let me know.

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[User Picture]From: jeremiahblatz Date: December 29th, 2005 - 03:15 am (Link)
You're always bitching about how people don't post off your rants, so here goes.

I agree.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 03:18 am (Link)
how... ummm... insightful...
[User Picture]From: mizmoose Date: December 29th, 2005 - 03:49 am (Link)
Hmmmmmmmmm.... :)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 05:39 am (Link)
considering converting to HOVAism?
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: December 29th, 2005 - 04:33 am (Link)
I've decided I don't like prong #2 of the obscentity test. Dammit, poop is more offensive than boobies, boxes, buns, or rods. Let's replace "sexual content" with "excretory content." Because that's why bathrooms have doors, people.

As relates to being photographed, I'm driving, so I spose I can bring as much clothing as I want. That is, if I can find anything attractive/sexy in the morass of my 3 closets in the next 20 minutes before I fall asleep. I've been feeling ugly so it might be nice to have someone make me appear pretty. I do have thigh-high red leather boots, but, alas, they don't have CFM heels (they were a recent hand-me-down).
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 05:42 am (Link)
well bring whatever you want and we can do a shoot either Saturday morning or maybe Monday. A couple other people are maybes as well.

And why do you need heels... you could just ask. ;-)
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: December 29th, 2005 - 02:22 pm (Link)
But what's a cut on a woman without a pump on her feet?
From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 02:46 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: December 29th, 2005 - 02:25 pm (Link)
I'll be back in NY by Monday, so if at all, it will be Saturday.
From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 02:45 pm (Link)
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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 01:50 pm (Link)
I think its slightly more complicated than that, but not much. A certain amount of infrastructure needs to exist in order to make a goverene society run smoothly. For instance, I am not against the FCC. In fact, I think its an important body. The regulation of frequency assignment to different broadcasters (and enforcement against those who might broadcast outside of their assigned or without an assigned frequency) is an invaluable service to make broadcast media work at all. Similarly, I actually don't have a problem with paying a moderate amount of tax to the government. I think the tax law needs to be reformed in a bunch of different ways. But in principal I think its a good idea.

I don't even have a problem with community standards. To an extenty, anyway. If you don't want your kids watching something in your house. Or you don't want them having sex or doing drugs or eating Cheerios. Well, then basically it sucks to be your kid, but I think that's the right of the parent. If a group of parents wants to go in and buy land on a couple city blocks where they agree not to allow the porn, sex, drugs or cheerios, and they put up a gate around it and won't rent that land to anyone who doesn't agree to their terms, that's ok too. But in the PTC/FCC case, they've gone beyond that, because the community at large HASN'T agreed. Its clear that 99.98% of the complaints come from a group that claims one million members (the PTC has been caught in lies before about their membership and affiliates). Even if that's accurate, and even if every member agrees down the center with the PTC party line, then that means that 99.98% of the FCC complaints come from 0.3% of the US population. Three out of every THOUSAND. That's it! So really. FUCK THEM! The vast majority of us, 99.7% either like what we're hearing or simply don't care at all. And if that's the case, then there should be no law prohibiting it. That's my main point. If it were even 51% of the population I'd say they had a point. If it were even 10%, I'd say "well at least listen to what they have to say, even if we're not going to legislate for them." But its not. It's a third of a percent.

Fuck them!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 29th, 2005 - 04:11 pm (Link)


damnit i wanna do another photo shoot. Richard Kern style. Thats right. We're getting raunchy.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 04:20 pm (Link)

Re: heyy!

hah... and you protested when we said we were gonna sell your likeness as gay porn.
[User Picture]From: sexyhockihoochi Date: December 29th, 2005 - 05:43 pm (Link)
We will do it before I go back to school. And I already feel bad for not giving you back your DVDs yet. I can't figure out how to burn them so that I can play them on my DVD player. Do you know how to do that?

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 05:52 pm (Link)
I know how to do it on my mac. I haven't ever had to do it on windows. I should have just made copies for you.
[User Picture]From: sexyhockihoochi Date: December 29th, 2005 - 06:31 pm (Link)
Maybe I should just bring them back, along with my blank tapes, and ask you politely to do it for me? lol
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