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Old 08-30-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Guardian susses who's to blame for African AIDS - it's the Western LA porn industry!

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Africa goes hardcore: The porn industry must take responsibility for the impact of its work on the developing world

I used to think porn was tremendously good fun. The adolescent thrill of sneaking a copy of Fiesta home inside the Manchester Evening News. Crowding around a PC at university as a smutty picture revealed itself pixel by pixel. Even the equine VHS shown during my first job at GQ gave everyone a good, if not queasy, lads-mag laugh.

Any anti-porn voices felt like killjoy whines echoing from the outskirts of Greenham Common. By the time I'd left the lads-mag cocoon, porn was almost part of the mainstream furniture. But the proliferation of free and utterly hardcore websites visited by kids in their global droves did spark an interest in investigating the industry.

The moment porn truly stopped being fun came in a remote Ghanaian village – mud huts, barefoot kids, no electricity. The BBC series I was making about the impact of porn had led me via LA to Ghana. One of the unforeseen consequences of globalisation is the shocking effect that western porn is having in parts of the developing world.

The village has no electricity, but that doesn't stop a generator from being wheeled in, turning a mud hut into an impromptu porn cinema – and turning some young men into rapists, with villagers relating chilling stories of assaults taking place straight after the film's end. In the nearest city, other young men are buying bootlegs copies of the almost always condom-free LA-made porn – copying directly what they see and contracting HIV. The head of the country's Aids commission says porn risks destroying all the achievements they've made. It's a timebomb, he says.

The concerns aren't theoretical – I met young fathers with HIV whose only sex education came from LA, women living in the villages subject to post-screening abuse, and even a shy teenage virgin who has written to a porn outfit in California asking to star in their films (his return address was care of the local church in Accra).

The porn producers aren't deliberately pushing their products into Africa. But the tide of black market DVDs on sale at street markets and hardcore clips viewable at internet cafes is almost unstoppable. Surely this multibillion-dollar industry needs to take some responsibility for the human costs?

Since the only sex education some people in places such as Ghana are getting is via porn films, there is a decent argument for the porn industry to produce more films where performers use condoms. In LA, where the majority of the world's porn is still shot, only one company routinely makes such films. The condom-only policy adopted following an industry HIV outbreak five years ago lasted just months.

If the ambition is to put more condom-using porn into circulation, which will then more likely end up in those street markets or cafes, some serious multinationals could throw their corporate weight behind this. Hotel chains – among the biggest broadcasters of adult material – have not used their immense clout to insist on greater condom use – much to the dismay of the porn-star STD-testing clinic in LA.

Mobile phone firms are also surreptitiously making jaw-dropping amounts of money from showing adult content on their handsets. Could their ideas of corporate responsibility take on a latex dimension? Might it actually be that ridiculous for the porn industry itself to adopt a spot of corporate responsibility? These are, after all, major businesses replete with HR departments and plush offices nestling next to mainstream film companies. Bankroll sex safe campaigns, harness the allure of their top stars, maybe even make bespoke films for the developing world which educate as well as titillate. Doing nothing, and leaving western porn to march untrammelled into Africa and other places, is a deeply unattractive prospect.
Africa goes hardcore | Tim Samuels | Comment is free | The Guardian

What an incredibly stupid column. Quite honestly, I didn't realise even the Guardian could be so stupid.
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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It almost reads like an Onion article...

He even spells AIDS as Aids, moron.
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The only sex-education Ghanaians are recieving is via porn?!

Since when was the porn industry given the responsibility of educating people about sex?
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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incredible how porn is considered somewhat taboo in todays society, especially KEEPING IT AWAY FROM THE CHILDREN

yet these recent horror movies where people get hacked up, tortured, and killed in a quite graphic fashion are ok.

so watching people fucking is a big NO NO, but watching them getting butchered is no big deal, and even encouraged through commercials and the media.
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maybe Bono will start "The 2 Campaign" because it takes 2 to tango!
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I wonder how long it will take Uberbeaver to apply to be the US ambassador to Ghana.
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But the tide of black market DVDs on sale...
Groan

Clearly this writer has not gotten the memo on political correctness and no longer accepted words and phrases.
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Fuckers in the Embassy denied my request to be US Ambassador to Ghana. Maybe Scotland needs one. I'll write them next.
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"The village has no electricity, but that doesn't stop a generator from being wheeled in, turning a mud hut into an impromptu porn cinema – and turning some young men into rapists"

Wow. Talk about massive leap there.
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every time i've seen an exposed tit i've immediately felt the urge to go out and rape someone. every single man ever does it. we're actually evil.
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You're from NZ. It's a given.
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