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GOP platform's new anti-porn stance unexpectedly mirrors Bachmann's pledge

Bachmann's extreme anti-porn stance has somehow found its way into the GOP mainstream.
Bachmann's extreme anti-porn stance has somehow found its way into the GOP mainstream.

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While running for president last year, Michele Bachmann became the first candidate to sign a pledge to ban "all forms of pornography." Her extreme anti-porn stance was viewed as an outlier within the Republican Party, as the GOP's 2008 platform didn't even mention porn writ large and instead focused entirely on cracking down on child pornography.

The GOP's anti-porn crusade had steadily waned since 1992, when the party's platform called for "a national crusade against pornography." In fact, in a March piece scrutinizing the GOP's stance on porn over the years, The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf predicted that "The language in the next GOP platform won't go beyond child pornography. And if it does, it'll turn out to be the last gasp of an anti-porn movement that cannot win." But with details of the GOP's new platform emerging this week, it appears Friedersdorf was wrong and Michele was actually a year ahead of her time.

Yesterday in Tampa, the GOP approved a platform that for the first time in party history calls explicitly for a crackdown on sexually explicit material involving adults, which is roughly a $10 billion industry.

"Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced," the platform says.

The GOP's approval of the unexpectedly tough language is fraught with irony. For starters, the GOP is the party of deregulation, right? So we're left to assume that morality policing is a higher priority for Republicans than remaining true to the party's keep-hands-off-businesses credo.

Secondly, earlier this year, the party's official presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, accepted the maximum possible individual campaign contribution from Daniel Staton, the board chairman of the company that owns Penthouse.

And finally, considering the hot water Republicans find themselves in with women these days, it's strange the party's platform would call for a porno crackdown that would certainly piss off men if ever reflected in law. Men make up 75 percent of porn site visitors, and Xvideos itself does about 4.4 billion page views per month -- about 10 times as many as the New York Times and three times as many as CNN.com.

From Reuters:

Anti-pornography activist Patrick Trueman said the language in the Republican platform would bolster a broader push against the type of sexually explicit material that is sold by convenience stores, by hotels via pay-per-view television programming, and satellite and cable TV providers.

The widespread availability of Internet pornography has made it harder for a generation of young men to find intimacy with their wives, he said.

"It's a growing problem for men in their 20s," Trueman said. "It's changed the way their brain maps have developed. This is the way they get sexually excited."

Blame

Credit for the platform's tough anti-porn language has mostly gone to Tony Perkins , president of the Family Research Council. But Our Favorite Congresswoman should at least get a hat-tip, shouldn't she?


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