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Elephantiasis: How pornography has become as American as apple pie

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All that is required for the triumph of tyranny is for enough men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Combine a clever but inherently flawed species with the products of its own recent audiovisual inventions--from the photograph to the Internet--and one result, among many, is a subspecies that is secretly but unanimously addicted to pornography.

I'm really sorry I had to say that word. The word "porn" itself is from Greek, and refers to the lowest type of prostitute available. The term "pornography" means the graphic visual display of women as the cheapest kind of whores. Nowadays, the word reeks of moral outrage and disapproval, which is why you don't bring up the topic in polite society. This is also why the porn industry labels its own products with such morally acceptable terminology as "adult material," "gentlemen's clubs," and "mature entertainment"--implying that consumers of this material are somehow more sophisticated or grown-up than the rest of us.

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