"Does watching porn threaten your masculinity? Science says it doesn’t.
Is porn addictive? No, it’s not. Is sexual expression that is consenting
legally protected by the First Amendment? Yes, it is.
So, why do Republicans fight to restrict or outlaw pornography across the
There are several reasons. First, religious conservatives have long argued that
pornography and non-traditional sexual expression were an insult to God or
something like that.
Second, the post-Trump GOP is rife with hate for virtually anything related to
sexual freedom, like LGBTQ+ equality and representation in mainstream culture.
Shit, just look at how triggered the right got with the Dylan Mulvaney campaign
for the domestic beer brand Bud Light.
Or the push in schools to censor classical literature, such as the works of
All of this follows the same line of reasoning. And that reasoning is that
Republicans and right-wing folks are conditioned and fearful of a true
counterculture built for the digital age.
The internet, tech, social media, video games, streaming services, porn, and
many other standard fixtures in online culture and digital life feed this
belief that a shadowy cabal of leftist elites wants to destroy the United
This is a mass panic attack over manufactured or overblown fears. But this
isn’t going to stop far-right politicians and their allies from capitalizing on
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics