Rick Santorum: Unjust and Untouched

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has recently said that, if elected, he will “vigorously enforce” the porn industry. Before getting into how detrimental this would be to college males 1-2, maybe 3 times a day, let’s discuss some of the glaring problems with this idea.  He claims that adult films are leading to an increase in crime against women which is not true at all. Since porn became readily available on the interweb in the nineties, reports of rape has fallen by 86%…. that’s 86%! That’s an enormous drop. And that goes along with just a general decrease in crime of 65%. He then felt it necessary to take jabs at Obama and the Department of Justice by saying that they “seem to save pornographers over children and families.” What a sad attempt at gaining approval. He is exploiting the closed-mindedness of many Americans by including the words “family and children.” This isn’t the titanic Rick, there are males in this country too.

It also needs to be mentioned that the Porn industry is just that, an industry. It is a privately operated business that, under the constitution, should be immune to government intervention. In a world where online advertising is becoming more and more apparent (also annoying), why would anyone want to ban pornographic websites? Advertising is a very lucrative business that tech giants like Google and Facebook owe everything too. Although the real force at helm are the visitors. Without the visitors, there is no Facebook or Google. I am not saying that pornographic websites are on the same plane as the aforementioned websites, but they are certainly viable options for those looking to advertise. According to Alexa.com, a website that compiles statistics about websites and their usage, four pornographic domains fall within the top 65 most visited websites in the United States. This is comparable to sites such as: Reddit.com, Pandora.com, Groupon.com, and CNet.com. These well known, well respected sites get the same amount of visitors and porn sites. I’ll admit I was shocked to see them so high ranked but it just made writing this piece that much easier. Let me throw a few more numbers at you: 12% of all sites or 24,644,172 websites are pornographic; forty million Americans regularly visit pornographic sites; 25% of all searches online are pornographic; the American adult industry rakes in a whopping $2.8 billion which is more than half the world wide total of $4.9 billion. For such a taboo subject, porn seems to be doing okay for itself.

Unfortunately, I  was unable to find a figure for how many employees are in this industry bit is safe to say, given these numbers, that a large amount of employees would be lost, and that much of the economies GDP would fall. Not only would it hurt the economy, but the “crime rate” Santorum is so worried about would sky rocket. There clearly is a demand for this so what is to say, if banned, porn wouldn’t just operate on the black market?

Simply put, banning porn would do much more harm than help if you ask me. The numbers show that the sex industry is booming in America and Santorum would be doing a disservice to the American economy and men everywhere. As the president, your job is to look out for the best interest of the nation, and I don’t think cutting out an almost $3 billion dollar industry is a good place to start. Santorum’s Right-wing views are getting in the way of what the real issues are. Maybe he should try the left for once- it’s a decision I definitely don’t regret.

 

-Joe Leathersich

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