THE BENEFITS OF PORNOGRAPHY

JUST MY OPINION:

SEX, SPIN AND THE BENEFITS OF PORNOGRAPHY

By T.K. McNeil

Always With Us

Archeologists have long known that as long as there have been people there has been sex. And nearly as long as there has been human sexuality there have been representations of it.  Whatever medium was available at the time, cave wall, animal tusk, clay or papyrus pornography was available. Obviously, our forefathers understood the benefits of pornography.

Across Cultures

The early civilizations incorporated sex into their art and music

Earliest civilizations incorporated sex into art

Through sculpting, painting, and pottery the ancients depicted the benefits of pornography.  Egyptian artisans depicted the beauty of human sexuality. This goes for the written word, there being some pretty racy entries in the Bible.  The Song of Solomon being a famous example. The Romans through sculpture glorified human sexuality.  Pre-Christian Viking sagas told of great adventures; and no great adventure would be worth telling if there wasn’t plenty of sex.

Today

The benefits of pornography have followed us through the ages; emerging today primarily in streaming videos on the internet.  Thanks to the vision of our forefathers we have reached for the stars and surpassed them.

Under the Corset

There is a misconception, particularly among the young, that “porn films” are a new phenomenon with a history dating back to the mid-1960’s. In terms of commercial availability, this is correct. Though woefully inaccurate when it comes to the history of the genre.  The allegedly stodgy and prudish Victorian Brits were one of the first societies to recognize the potential benefits of pornography.

Stag Films

Stag films flourished during Victorian era

Stag films flourished during the Victorian era

Not only did some of the earliest erotic photography come out of the Victorian era but it was a time that gave rise to “stag” films. The “stag” film is one of the earliest examples of modern film pornography. The earliest examples of the genre use many of the same story contexts and camera angles used in films today.

Banned

“Stag” films, banned under the censorship of the Motion Picture Production Code, did little to show the benefits of pornography. The censorship authority also known as the “Hays Code” was in effect from 1922 through 1968. Despite the ban, “stag” films dominated the lucrative underground black market of that time.

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Global Sex Trafficking: Part III-Europe

GLOBAL SEX TRAFFICKING: PART III – EUROPE

by T.K. McNeil

Russia is well known for sex trafficking of children

Sex traffickers moved 500,000 vulnerable girls & women from Russia between 1992-2002

More Than Meets the Eye

Europe is not the first place that comes to most people’s minds when they hear the term “sex trafficking”. Europe is generally seen as a bastion of civility and progressive politics. Particularly by those who live outside of it. In the minds of many, the UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Norway are Western Europe. However, the continent is huge and varied

Lots of Space to Hide

Russia is among the worst nations in Europe for sex trafficking. The Russian Federation is a massive nation made up of millions of people. The Federation covers 11 time zones and 2 continents. It is also characterized by decades of severe austerity and deep corruption. All of which make it a ripe spot for international sex trafficking. The secret nature of sex trafficking skews the statistics. Sex traffickers moved over half-a-million women and girls from Russia between 1992-2002. The average cost of each woman, $5,000.

Changing World

Corrupt officials, Russian mafia, globalization and the inter-connectedness of that phenomenon, technological advances, cell phones, internet, and fast travel merged to facilitate human trafficking. The changing world has allowed the growth of an international network of criminals who use lies, drugs, imprisonment, debt bondage, exploitation, and abuse to create a criminal empire that rakes in billions of dollars annually through sex trafficking.

From Sea to Sea

Bribes, murder, rape and trafficking are key elements of Russian government

Bribes, murder, rape and trafficking are key elements of Russian government

Another advantage is geography. Russia is the largest country on earth. It has a southern land border running the length of Northern Europe and Asia. As well as coasts on both the Atlantic and the Pacific. There are few places one cannot get to by going through Russia. This has made it a prime hub for international sex traffickers, as well as making sex trafficking a growth industry within Russia.

Hush Money

There is also the matter of safety. Russian officials are notoriously easy to bribe. It also doesn’t take much. In the Soviet days a trafficker could bribe most any official with a bottle of vodka and a smile. While not that easy anymore, a few Euros can still work wonders.

Sordid History

Such corruption goes back to the Russian revolution in 1919. Bribes, murder, rape and trafficking key features of the Soviet government. One member of Stalin’s inner-circle now estimated to have raped nearly 100,000 young women and girls. Continue reading