posted on Dec, 19 2010 @ 08:01 PM
Good question OP, but hard to answer definitively.
Since typical Western parents do in fact worry more about porn, than violence, there must be something there that has significance, even if they might
not be conscious of what it might be.
Could be simply inherited norms, with the Victorian Age not really so far in the past. Could be ill-defined personal issues, being projected, coming
out during the parenting years.
Or could there be some kind of parental "instinct" that recognizes the potential "harm" of porn, over violence, that may in fact be quite legit,
even if one can't quite put their finger on it?
The secular atheist Soviet Union, like Nazi Germany before them, explored some of these issues, although their "experiments" are not so
In Nazi Germany, a sort of classical (as in Greco-Roman) idealism seemed to play it's part in the glorification of the Aryan "Super Man" (and
woman), with many interesting historical images available today that tell part of that story. The esthetic merged with dogma, as the philosophy
morphed to include an Aryan breeding program.
The old Soviet Union spent some resources as well, setting up nudist colonies (imagine, in a cold country like that!) during the 1950's, with the
perhaps scientific aim of studying what would happen, what norms might be adopted, how the children might be different, from the usual population.
Unfortunately, none of these programs enjoyed much success, from what I have read. Venereal disease, at least in the Soviet experiments, went crazy.
Unwanted pregnancy went off the charts. What we might call "child molestation", seemed to become somewhat of a natural "norm" that was
Perhaps not so shocking, especially within a country that would go on to lead the world in abortion, with "most" women having multiple abortions in
their fertile years, in spite of plenty of contraceptive availability.
Oh, and speaking of porn, the nations of the former Soviet Union today seem to be playing a huge role in that industry. It's not just "Russian"
(or Ukrainian) "brides" that are for sale, a whole lot of pornography these days covers these highly desirable women, from their nose, to their
The modern nudist "camp" may also offer a glimpse into these issues, maybe some will agree. As a man, you can't actually just show up at most
nudist establishments hoping for some fun. Most require that you bring a female. On the other hand, females are allowed to go to a nudist facility,
without a male.
There's something here of course, and it shouldn't be terribly controversial. You can go out to visit the nightclubs in any city, and encounter
this same issue, with ladies everywhere being a hot commodity (within that venue), and too many men not being seen as productive. Simple recognition
of sexual differences, as we actually encounter them.
SO, the issue itself may be based on these basic differences between men and women, that naturally manifest in these different historical, and social
As a father myself, I do tend to go with perhaps "conservative" instincts in this regard. No, I'm not personally religious, I don't feel that
sexuality is "bad" in any way, but as the old song used to say, to everything there is a season, and even biology tells us that sexuality is a thing
that comes around puberty.
I'm not sure we have to make the thing more complicated than it is. Even Muslim nations, so vilified for their "repressive" culture, recognize
puberty as a "line", as have all ancient cultures. I don't think that's such a bad idea.
Now, as far as "how" a parent wants to introduce things, as maturity takes place, that's another story.
As for some kind of legal strictures, some how necessary to "protect" youth, perhaps beneath this age that I am suggesting is just common sense,
I'm not sure that's the way anyone would want to go.
Europeans sometimes visting the US for the first time can laugh at the seemingly "Puritanical" restrictions on TV, newspapers, etc. But there is in
fact already a lot of "license", as pointed out before, pop figures who might be presented to youth, who hardly wear much clothing to begin with.
OR, is the rather "loose" European way better, where any child can tune into their TV, and find all sort of things, or wander up to a stand selling
newspapers, and see more than they might see at home? Certainly, simple female toplessness, isn't what I'm speaking of, and that probably needs to
be perhaps "separated" from intercourse, fetishism, etc., as anyone reasonable should easily see. Too much remains just as "mixed up", as people
These are issues the West needs to address, perhaps better than they have so far.
One last thought. While I am personally inclined to far more freedom, and I abhor governmental restrictions, there may in fact be greater issues at
stake. With the rise of Islam in these past few decades, it's possible that the West needs to begin looking at the next generations, if they are to
"compete" in any real sense, with a system that could make all their high ideals of freedom utterly moot in the end.
No, I didn't even venture into what our masters might be trying to accomplish, with the actual trends we are experiencing, but even that should be
weighed. My instincts also tell me that our masters are probably getting some mileage out of the promotion of violence, and the prevalent attitudes
that seem to support it.