Santorum’s Porn Obsession – Another Fetish, Or Smart Politics? (VIDEO)

Author: March 18, 2012 11:13 am

Rick Santorum is a man obsessed. He’s obsessed with gay sex. He’s obsessed with keeping women off birth control and now he’s obsessed with porn. It doesn’t take Sigmund Freud to see a pattern here. The man obviously has sexual issues. But, is he a stupid politician?

Led by Santorum and his 12th century version of a religion, women are clearly the latest target in the Republican race to hate. It doesn’t seem to be paying off for them, either. More than 3/4ths of women feel that Republicans need to shut up about birth control. Ultimately, the conventional wisdom goes, it will send otherwise disengaged women to the polls for Democrats and Republican women will stay home. As a Democrat, I say, keep talking about birth control.


Santorum, though, has taken another turn on his bumpy dirt road with nothing but sharp rights. His latest rant is against porn. Indulge me here in saying that in a party that’s shedding women like a snake sheds its skin, this could be the smartest thing he’s done all along. From the Huffington Post:

“America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking,” the former Pennsylvania senator wrote in a statement posted on his campaign website.

My personal feeling about porn is “meh.” It’s a little like Disney Land. It can be fun in small doses, but absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, is real. Fortunately, for Santorum, I am not his target female voter. His target woman is religious, married with kids and living somewhere in the south or in the heartland, where sexual deviance (a.k.a. non-missionary, non-procreative sex) is kept in underground bunkers, or at least behind the neighbors’ doors. His target woman finds sex icky or is embarrassed that she doesn’t find sex icky. Unfortunately, for Santorum and the Republicans, many of these same women are using birth control. For as icky as they find sex (or as icky as they want to find sex) they are still having it. They love their children, but no one is going to force them to have another one until they’re good and ready.

This is where Santorum’s latest obsession, porn, comes in. Women have a complicated relationship with porn. A highly educated friend once told me that she’d rather catch her man cheating than watching porn. To this day, that view baffles me, but I doubt she’s alone in that opinion.

To many women, porn is a form of cheating, but even beyond that, porn is a feminist issue. One side of the feminist fence holds the view that women are sexual beings and should be free to express themselves as such. The other side of the feminist fence holds just as valid an argument, that porn is like making sausage (pun intended). The end result might be shiny and delicious, but making it is an ugly and often criminal affair.

The worst elements of porn includes sex trafficking, sexual slavery and children. Of course, we already have laws in place protecting women and children from these practices, but enforcement can be challenging, especially when Republicans want to cut every single aspect of government. The Obama administration is taking a strong stance against these abuses.

Then there is the second level of porn, the level that is purely consensual, but like other sex workers, these women often feel that they are dehumanized by an industry that is run by men and largely for men.

Then, there is the Rick Santorum woman. For these women, porn is a deeply personal issue. They see their man’s desire to watch porn as a failure. They imagine the looks on their children’s faces as they watch debauchery. In life, they strive to be perfect, the perfect mother, the perfect wife and if they work, perfect at their job. Even if they try to take care of themselves, they don’t want to have to compete with perky double D breasts on stick-thin bodies. They don’t want to have to do those things with their husbands. It he’s watching it, the reasoning goes, he must want it.

So for many women, the women that Santorum has been losing with his crusade against birth control, he might finally be saying something that they get. Few politicians talk about porn. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to bring some back into his tightly wound fold. In fact, that single issue might even be enough to turn my friend into a supporter. Will it be enough? It’s doubtful, especially in the general election, but it could make enough of an impact to keep him on a competitive level during the primaries, and for now, that’s all he’s looking for.

Here’s the video:

 

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