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Porn and More Lies of the Sexual Radicals Print E-mail
By Austin Ruse   
Friday, 18 October 2013

Was anything the radicals told us, starting fifty years ago, even remotely true? Divorce is good for kids. Contraception reduces poverty. Abortion liberates women. Pornography is not only harmless, it helps marriages and society.

The detritus of these lies are all around us, the body count sky-high.

A movie called Lovelace came out a few months ago. Who of a certain age doesn’t know instantly what it’s about? Linda Lovelace, at one time among the most famous names all over the world, even now remembered by many.

Deep Throat, the movie that made her infamous, is said to have grossed $600 million. It ushered in what some call the “Golden Age of Porn.” Prior to that, pornography was shown in down-at-the-heels theaters in shabby parts of town exclusively for the raincoat set. No pretenses about story, let alone “art.” What’s more, everybody looked down on porn. Men were embarrassed to be seen watching it. Deep Throat changed all that.

It was the second of its kind, the first being something called Mona the Virgin Nymph (1970), full length, pretense of story, wide release. From the early 1970s to the mid-1980s this “golden age” saw pornography expand its reach into the mainstream. Imagine, Bob Woodward named his inside source after a hard-core porn movie, and everyone giggled at how hip and knowing it was. The other thing that changed with Deep Throat: it played to mixed audiences. The New York Times Sunday Magazine called it “porno chic.”

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 movie Boogie Nights captured the phenomenon and the era beautifully, though it was – at its core – profoundly dishonest. The conceit was that three things ruined the Gold Age; drugs, cosmetic surgery, and video tape. Before that, the porn industry was a loving family where everyone happily joined in the fun and everyone took care of each other.

Lovelace tells the true story of that era and of the porn industry in general.

One of the neat tricks about Lovelace is that her story is told twice. The first half tells the fairytale the porn industry wants you to know. Sure, she came from an unhappy home. After all, her mother was a fanatical Catholic and her father was a distant, brooding cipher.

The dreamy sixties called, but Linda couldn’t answer – or otherwise escape from her 1950s nightmare. Then Chuck Traynor arrives. Even in the fairytale you can tell Traynor’s a creep, and you can see his manipulation of Linda from 36,000 feet.


             Amanda Seyfried as the titular Linda

He makes gentle love to her and they are blissfully happy until he runs into money trouble. Only then does he take her to a movie audition, and she is too naive to see what it’s all about. For her audition, she actually recites a nursery rhyme. The smarmy producer and director reject her until Chuck shows them a short of her performing the startling act that set America tittering.

The making of Deep Throat is shown as fun and funny, and afterwards she is a star. Hugh Hefner hosts a party for her and tells her she’s going to be not just a porn star – they didn’t even exist then – but a “real” star. There are glimpses that Chuck is not so nice – bruises on her legs, the sound of pummeling in the next room, but folks think she and her old man are just getting it on. None of this comes close to the real story.

The second half of Lovelace is horrific to watch and tells a story that the porn industry does not want widely known. The first love scene between the newlyweds was not gentle. In fact, he choked and raped her. He called it passion. He forced her into prostitution starting with a guy he picks up at a convention. And under threat of death, he forces her to do Deep Throat. Toward the end of their pathetic few years together, after she announces she is done with him and porn, he rents her to five men who gang rape her.

The larger story “big-porn” does not want known is that the girls in those movies are profoundly damaged individuals and those who exploit them little more than human traffickers. Everyone knows that. But not everyone acknowledges it. Linda spent the rest of her life trying to make people acknowledge this ugly thing about her life and about porn in general.

Linda Boreman, her real name, told her story long ago in a book called Ordeal that went through three printings and landed her on the Phil Donahue Show. Big porn pounced, called her a liar, said she was a willing participant. Porn queen Gloria Leonard said Linda never took responsibility for the “choices” she made, “but instead blamed everything that happened to her in her life on porn.” They are doing the same thing now to former porn slave Shelley Luben who tells a story similar to Boreman’s.

It’s odd to watch Lovelace and think back upon days now called golden when we know all that we know now. So mainstream was it at the time that Johnny Carson made silly jokes about Deep Throat. I do not believe that my mother, for instance, or other regular people thought it was nice and harmless. Yet people in my hometown allowed the local drive-in picture show, right in the middle of town, to show hard-core porn for even young eyes to see.

We may once more look down upon porn, but we do very little to stop it coming into our homes. Looking back you can see that Deep Throat was a kind of “patient zero” in a contagion that has swept the whole world.  And right now a little girl somewhere is seeing rape porn on her iPhone.

 
Austin Ruse is the President of the New York and Washington, D.C.-based Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a research institute that focuses exclusively on international social policy. The opinions expressed here are Mr. Ruse’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of C-FAM.
 
 
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written by Deacon Ed Peitler, October 18, 2013
The porn industry preys on those most vulnerable and defenseless. It truly is trafficking in human persons who deserve respect for their dignity as children of God. Untold hundreds of billions of dollars is spent trading in carnality.


Is there an office at the USCCB that advocates for its victims? Are there bishops who are willing to protest this indignity by holding prayers vigils on the streets of San Francisco, New York and LA? Are there efforts being made by the Catholic Church to evangelize those engaged in the porn business? Is it God's will that those producers and consumers of porn come to an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ?

Just asking...
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
Another Rated "R" piece,I am beginning to
think there needs to be ratings put on
your works...
goverment shutdown,Syria gone to hell,obama care
roll out,WW2 vets refused assess to memorials,etc..
Not to mention:
Another "Deceased" person who can no longer defend
themselves,gee Another Pattern!
My Lord! For Real?

I respectfully read this three times in an attempt to
find "Any" catholic slant,I see none.


I should say the most shocking of all,"and right a little
girl is seeing rape porn..."

SIMPLY DISTURBING,Respectfully.
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written by pgk, October 18, 2013
Jack, it's supposed to be disturbing. That is the point. Pretending it doesn't exist doesn't help. Perhaps the author could have used more euphemistic language, I suppose. But pornography is a serious problem in that it robs the young of their innocence and chastity. Why shouldn't the Church be concerned with that?
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written by Dan Deeny, October 18, 2013
An interesting article. Her mother was Catholic? A fanatical Catholic? And a "distant, brooding" father? How did this affect her life? Why did she choose someone like Chuck Traynor?
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written by Bangwell Putt, October 18, 2013
If I may speak for Austin Ruse's mother's generation: If aware of the movie, "Deep Throat" at all, most members of that generation had no idea (I mean "no idea" - none) of its content. Those who were aware of it, perhaps when Bob Woodward used it to name his "source" almost certainly thought it was about an episode of dark and sinister espionage and the resulting violence. I did.

Although aware of its existence, they had no frame of reference, no category, for the content of "hard core pornography". Now there is no escape from many details of this dark and bitter side of human behavior.
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written by Athanasius, October 18, 2013
pkg, you are right on the money! The travesty of porn is epidemic and horribly dehumanizing. We need to wake up and rip the veil off of it. Porn appeals to two of the basest fallen human desires, greed and lust. It is a very great evil and must be stopped.

Prayer, personal chastity, and sacrificial charity are needed to counter this evil. Many powerful and rich people benefit from porn, and they will lie, cheat, and kill to keep it going.
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written by Nancy de Flon, October 18, 2013
Today the purveyors of porn are people like Miley Cyrus who, instead of being banned from the mainstream entertainment industry for her recent outrageous performance, is hailed as a courageous innovator and the subject of discussions about whether she's a "hero" or a "victim" or both. I don't whether American pop culture can get any lower.
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written by Chris in Maryland, October 18, 2013
I join Athanasius and challenge Jack:

Indeed - many powerful and rich in "the establishment" profit mightily from pornography.

3 cases in point - 2 of which are Catholic establishments:

A - Many main stream Hotel chains sell pornography as an "extra." I am 99% certain of one example in the news in these recent 4-5 years, but I won't name it, because I don't want to err at all if I have the name wrong...

B - A society of Catholic religious, involved in teaching in the USA, who were called out a few years ago for investing in this major Hotel chain, despite the chain's trafficking in pornography...when the society protested that it was better for them to be engaged with the hotel corporation, as this availed the chance to influence them, rather than to retreat from the world, they were asked "what have you done to signal your concern or protest of their marketing of porno?" ... the answer: crickets...

C - the recent story of a Catholic institution (I believe it is a diocese?) in Germany or Austria, which owns, or has a large share of ownership, in a corporation that traffics in pornographic books and/or media.

These 3 establishments are committing and/or fostering mortal sins and soul-killing abuse of people made in the image of God, made as He planned, to be "pure of heart."

And so, Jack, Austin Ruse fights for good, against evil, in the zero-sum contest for the salvation of men, and against the "malignant one," of whom Pope Francis has spoken, who seeks the eternal damnation of souls
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
And so "Christ",who denied Evil?......
The only other reference I shall make
is to an International best seller,with
over eight million copies sold and 20
languages:Catchism Of The Catholic Church,

Second Edition...
pg 743, "thy will be done on earth as it is
in heaven"

2822 Our Father "desires All men to be saved
and to that any shall perish."
His Commandment summarizes all the other
and exspresses his entire will."

So perhaps "Yes" we could Make List after List
of "Evils",and of sick souls,but we should never
forget our greatest commandment,Yes?

{see the difference in diction?
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written by John Sobieski, October 18, 2013
What, may I ask, is an author on a Catholic website doing watching pornographic movies like Boogie Nights and Lovelace? Sorry, the end of monitoring our pornographic culture does not justify the means.
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
@John S:been pandering the same ?, but
We leave and reserve any of those
judgements for the Lord our god.
I agree with you and i am only
upset I have a greater amount of
prayer this eve!
I have been on this earth for a long time and
do not consider myself a prude but there is a
difference between "Art' and plain filth:my
point is that I wonder How Many were "FIRST"
exposed to these "Movies" ironically Here?
NOT GOOD!
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written by Chris in Maryland, October 18, 2013
To John Sobieski:

You realize, of course, that accusing Mr. Ruse of watching pornographic movies is, to put it gently: un-Christian.

In Christus Veritas
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written by Brad Miner, October 18, 2013
@Jack: You think there may be people "first exposed to these movies" at TCT? Seriously? A) Nobody has actually been "exposed" to the movies in question; only to words about them;. If you are upset by the movie poster and its image of Miss Seyfried, thatt's on me, not Austin Ruse; B) I too have lived many years on this earth, and I seriously doubt that any Catholic, no matter how sheltered he or she has been, will suddenly have become aware of the existence of pornography because of Mr. Ruse's column.
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written by Chris in Maryland, October 18, 2013
To Jack and John S:

Here are 3 testimonies against evil from the New Testament, which it is our duty - together - to proclaim:

“An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. - Matthew 16

... Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. - Hebrews 13

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. - Rev: 21
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written by Chris in Maryland, October 18, 2013
Yes Jack - our Father does will that all men be saved - but no man will be saved who refuses to bend his knee to The Father's Will.

Christianity is not like an "Optimists Club."
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written by Aramis, October 18, 2013
I have not been on this earth as long as some, but it seems to me that the head-in-the-sand strategy and the lack of courage on the part of church leaders is what has led to such previously unimaginable evil becoming the default condition in our society. Respectfully, Jack in CT... I disagree with your line of thinking here. Sin is certainly very ugly, the ugliest thing imaginable. But like any other vile beast threatening our lives, it must be confronted and defeated. You have to know your enemy to effectively fight him. There is a big difference between studying the foe and indulging in his filth.

And I can assure everyone my age and within at least 10 years of me (so 20's-40's) is WELL aware of Boogie Nights, porn, etc etc.
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
@Brad.Yes to your ?.
I am placing no blame Brad,
I refer u to my original
remarks, I am not Simply"
saying "Exposing Evil" is
a new thing just do not
see the purpose of the
advertisement on TCT.

I think alot of people have
stated the same in a very
polite way Brad.


I just have a feeling of
disgust to see our Holy
Father on the right hand
side of this piece,ALL OF IT
not just the pic u speak of.

As Pope Francis has said, I
do not consider myself a
Righty but this is beyond the
pale: Period.
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
@Chris in Maryland;I certainly hope
hope he researched
a topic he created
an article about.
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written by Aramis, October 18, 2013
I have not been on this earth as long as some, but it seems to me that the head-in-the-sand strategy and the lack of courage on the part of church leaders is what has led to such previously unimaginable evil becoming the default condition in our society. Respectfully, Jack in CT... I disagree with your line of thinking here. Sin is certainly very ugly, the ugliest thing imaginable. But like any other vile beast threatening our lives, it must be confronted and defeated. You have to know your enemy to effectively fight him. There is a big difference between studying the foe and indulging in his filth.

And I can assure everyone my age and within at least 10 years of me (so 20's-40's) is WELL aware of Boogie Nights, porn, etc etc.
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
Final Comment : Would any of us
exspect to see
this in a church
bullitin?

If yes I am of my
rocker if not,we
simply agree this
was very "Crude"

-with all do
Respect.
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written by Chris in Maryland, October 18, 2013
Jack -

We all agree this is inappropriate for a church bulletin - which is why it is dealt with here in an adult (not a family) forum.

It would be just as inappropriate - for instance - to praise an a pro-abortion Supreme Court as a Catholic for our children to revere - which was done recently in our Church bulletin.
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written by Chris in Maryland, October 18, 2013
Jack:

Your 2nd-to-last didn't reach the bar on rules for comments.
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
@Chris,please be specific,just so I do not make
the same mistake again
BTW:this probobly would be considered "Family Friendly"
by its creator,just a thoght.
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written by Jack,CT, October 18, 2013
@Aramis,I see your side and agree.I simply
believe there is a time and a place.
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written by Graham, October 18, 2013
From what I've read, so-called "sexual therapy" relies heavily on the use of pornography. Recall that it was a Democratic Party administration whose Surgeon General promoted this "enlightened" view on sexuality. As with those men who dress as women, pornography is evidence of our growing contempt for women and the very idea that men and women are not the same sex. Women have never been the primary "market" for pornography, but again "progressive" education and the book, tv, and movie industry have done their best to change this. (I worked in NY publishing for nearly a decade.) Last year I had an conversation with an educated Catholic women who, among other things, implied I was a sexist and that the Rosary was worshiping Mary as a god. It wasn't until she got up to leave that I noticed she was reading the notorious FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The movie soundtrack by the way uses such sacred works as Thomas Tallis's SPEM IN ALIUM. The Church refuses to make any connection with Catholic teachings and the culture as it currently exists. Instead media priests and other Catholics continue to look for "Catholic content and messages" in the open sewer of Hollywood distribution. When the Archbishop of New York pops in on the NY-based Today Show, he is, whether he wants to admit it or not, participating this is culture of contempt for the sacred, the decent, and the moral. But then again he invited our Abortion-Advocate-in-Chief to a prominent annual Catholic event.

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