Is Porn to Blame for the Economic Collapse?

The Wall Street Journal called me for an interview yesterday.

In South Africa, everything that goes wrong is blamed on a half-century of apartheid. In the Arab world, everything is blamed on Israel and the Jews. And in America, everything is blamed on internet pornography.

Since 2000, “morality” groups, cynical politicians, misinformed feminists, and lazy journalists have claimed that internet porn was causing America’s ills: destroying marriages, tearing apart families, causing violence. These folks were—and continue to be—blissfully, willfully ignorant of the facts: that while America was being flooded with internet pornography, the rates of divorce, suicide, rape, and child sexual exploitation remained stable. None of these is worse now than it was eight years ago.

But the demonization of sexuality and pornography continues.

When the Wall Street Journal asked for an interview, I assumed it was about the psychological or sexual impact of America’s financial crisis. Wrong—it was about “sex addiction.” Yes, the largest economy in human history is melting (along with the planet), and the Wall Street Journal sends a reporter to cover so-called “sex addiction” and “porn addiction.”

So in addition to freeway traffic, the awful lines in airports, the decline in kids’ reading scores, and the poor performance of the New York Yankees, apparently you can also blame our economic disaster on sex—out of control, selfish, destructive sex.

That’s America’s real sexual addiction—blaming everything on sex.

To see the (rather lame) article, click here.


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