Chris Moerdyk

The naked truth about TopTV and porn

2013-03-11 09:19

Chris Moerdyk

I am in favour of letting TopTV show porn programmes if they want to.

Well, that should have got the attention of just about every consumer body, religious organisation and do-gooder in our wonderful, sunny nanny-state.

I don't much like porn, I prefer being involved rather than a bystander, but as a kid at high school I was pretty much always first in line in the queue behind the bicycle shed when one of the matrics managed to get hold of a Playboy magazine his father had smuggled in from overseas.

Playboy was banned then and fell neatly into the category of forbidden fruit which of course is like a magnet to teenagers.

Then, we became a democracy and suddenly Playboy wasn't banned. It was even printed here in South Africa but it didn't last long and went bust, if you'll pardon the pun, because it wasn't forbidden fruit anymore.

I supposed we learned that from a number of Scandinavian countries that years earlier had changed from having porn magazines covered in plastic and set high up on the shelves at newsstands and shops.

Natural human phenomenon

Then they took the plastic off and let the shopkeepers put the magazines wherever they liked and what do you know - sales went down faster than homeless moles because the mags weren't forbidden fruit anymore.

But, besides the forbidden fruit phenomenon, it still really amazes me that the people who regulate the content of programmes on TV and movies in the cinema, have such a fixation about porn.

After all, it involves a perfectly natural human phenomenon.

Movies that have men and women without their clothes on having a bonk along with all the requisite huffing and puffing, all have an age restriction of at least 18.

Meanwhile, all those action movies we see showing people blasting seven kinds of hell out of each other with everything from pistols  to rocket launchers and cutting heads off with meat cleavers and being impaled on spikes along with all the graphic detail of slowmo blood spatter, usually only get age restricted to 13 or maybe 16.

Why is it that perfectly acceptable and legal sex is bad and man's illegal inhumanity to man is OK?

It doesn't make sense. Even deviant sex has got to be more acceptable than bloody murder.

Violent society

I am still friends with all those school kids who drooled over Playboy magazine behind the bicycle sheds and used to meet in all sorts of peculiar places to watch "blue" movies. I still know a lot of people who love action movies with as much bloody murder as possible. None of these have turned out to be cold blooded killers or sex maniacs.

Which suggests to me that the only people violent movies and porn programmes influence are those who would probably turn out that way even if they didn't watch movies or porn on TV.

Now, I realise that one can argue until doomsday as to whether porn and violence on TV or in the movies, contributes towards our violent, hormone-charged society.

So, forget about the fact that society was pretty damn violent even before movies and TV were invented.

Let's assume that I am wrong and that all this in our face sex does influence the incidence of say, rape, in this country. If so, would it not be also logical to say that the violence on TV and the movies also influence the level of violence in this country?

So, if the authorities decide that Top TV should not be allowed to show porn, then I believe they should really look at whether cinemas and TV should be slowed to show so much violence? I am sure a lot of people would agree. But wait, that's not all.

There are a lot of books that are very graphic when it comes to sexual content and kids read books, so perhaps the authorities should not allow books to have any sexual or violent content.

Oh and then there are our art galleries that are full of nude paintings and some that are even sexually explicit. Perhaps those should be removed as well.

People who want to watch will watch

And while they’re at it maybe parents should not be allowed to be naked in front of their children. The point is, where does one stop?

I don't like porn and I don't watch violent movies. But it makes no sense to me that violence should be OK and sex something bad.

So if TopTV wants to show porn, let them for heaven's sake. They will quickly learn as I suspect e.tv has done that porn isn't the big drawcard it is cracked up to be.

The point is people who want to watch porn will watch it. Better they watch the soft stuff on Top TV than the hard-core bestiality and kiddy porn that remains available on the internet.

In my opinion it is up to parents to set examples and decide what their kids should and should not be watching.

Governments cannot take the place of parents without turning the country into a nanny state and a nanny state represents the worst kind of parenting imaginable.     
 
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