Complete waste of time
Those are the words I choose to describe the porn debate this evening. I was a fool thinking that it would actually be a rational discourse. It mostly involved a bunch of college age guys yelling obscenities at the woman from NOW. Now granted, I didn't agree with her point of view, but these guys were openly hostile. Also, there were tons of people there using their cell phones to play games or IM. That's okay with me, but why bother being there if that's all your going to do. I watched a girl in front of me play tetris for over 30 minutes. The thing that pissed me off the most was that there was a guy an isle behind us that not only was talking on his cell phone, he had the walkie talkie feature so we could hear the other person he was talking to. I immediately shot him a dirty look. When he didn't get that hint, I turned around and told him to take his fucking phone outside. He looked at me like I was from Mars....completely incredulous that I would dare say that to him. As I posted on Heather's blog, I can't stand people who use cell phones at innapropriate times and places. I literally wanted to pistol-whip him with his phone. I was that mad. Am I crazy? (yeah, I know I am), is there no sense of courtesy left in this world? So, there's that. As for the debate itself, it was piss poor. The opening statements were good, the lady actually was very well organized and well spoken. Poor Ron, on the other hand, was not. He just winged it. At that point they opened up the floor to questions. This is when all the yelling started. Most people didn't have questions...they just wanted their chance to rip this chick to shreds. Out of all the questions....only one person called on Ron to defend his position...and her question was lame. She stated that most people that end up in porn were abused when they were younger. Ron countered by saying that hardly anyone he knew had that kind of upbringing. The girl asking the question just scoffed at that, but who knows more about the porn industry? Some young college girl, or a guy who has been making films for almost 30 years? The same form of naivete or unwillingness to accept the truth also was apparent in the female NOW speaker. First, she postulated that women involved in porn had no choice in their decision based on things that may have happened during their life...I say bullshit, just like the post on homeless people....people always have some sort of choice (even if it isn't as varied as a priviliged suburban white boy such as me). Ron countered by saying that, yes, they have a choice. Many women choose porn as a good way to make money. The NOW lady (I don't remember her name) said that they didn't make good money, and not near as much as men. In actuality, women in porn are paid a lot more than the men. Ron fired back by saying an "average" woman porn star makes about 100k a year. I don't know about you...but that sounds like pretty good money to me. So, it goes round and round in circles like this for about 1 and a half hours...I was bored to tears. I actually had respect for the woman starting out, but that quickly diminished. The thing that cinched it for me was this...in her opening statement she said she was against censoring porn, she just hope to educate people as to how porn is exploitive and derogatory of women so that eventually people would just stop watching it. I don't think she really understands why people enjoy porn. That sounded good to me, that she was at least against censorship. However, later on someone posed the question about gay porn. I should mention here that this woman is a lesbian. So, she says that gay porn is a good thing because it exposes people to an alternative lifestyle. That was all I could take. What a hypocritical bitch. Am I to understand that straight porn exploits people that have no choice but that gay porn is okay and that it's all consensual and loving? What a crock of shit. Now, it may sound like I'm raking this woman over the coals because I don't agree with her viewpoint. It's true, I don't agree with her viewpoint, but her arguements were flimsy, hypocritical, and she constantly dodged questions and backpeddled. Not to say that Ron Jeremy did any better. The only thing he had going for him was his fame, and the fact that he knows the business on a more personal level than his opponent. Ron didn't have any well thought out points. Like I said before, he just winged it. I left having less respect for Ron Jeremy, and no respect for his opponent at all. Like the title says...I considered it a complete waste of time. I'm much more looking forward to the True/False film festival this weekend. I went to get tickets at lunch today (they went on sale at noon) so that we would have a chance this year to actually get tickets to the shows we want to see. I figured it would be an easy in and out. Boy was I wrong...apparently the festival has gotten huge in just 3 years. People were coming here from out of state to see the movies. I ended up standin in line for an hour and 20 minutes to get tickets. The good news is that we got tickets to all the shows we wanted to see. Over the weekend Jade and I will be seeing 8 movies and a concert. It should be a kick-ass time. Last year was awesome, and we didn't even get to see the movies that we really were interested in. That's all for now...it's 11:15. More to come this weekend.