Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Porn Industry Wants Its Bailout... No, Really


It finally happened. The porn industry is now asking for a federal bailout. A friend of mine joked last month that Reason Magazine should do a satire on pornographers asking for bailout money. After all, if the auto-industry is too big to go down, isn't the porn industry as well? (I'm sure that is just the first of many horrible puns that one can't get around when talking about this topic.) I thought it was a good reductio ad absurdem at the time and got a good chuckle.

Now that Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis have announced that they will ask Congress for a $5 billion bailout, though, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm inclined to do the former more than the latter when I read Larry Flynt's justification:
People are too depressed to be sexually active...This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex... With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly.
Ultimately, I'm hoping that the porn industry isn't serious and is still using this as a reductio ad absurdem.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Haha, this is absurd. It's got to be false though: according to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/19/sex-industry-recession-ent-manage-cx_cv_1219sexbiz.html), the "sex industry" is one of the only sectors on the up and up (no pun intended). Although the analysis deals primarily with contraceptives and sexual aids, it provides enough data, I would think, to argue against macroeconomic effects causing the adult film industry's going flaccid.

Looks like the industry may instead be suffering from what put companies out of business in the good ol' days -- competition: http://mashable.com/2007/04/29/youporn/.