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Jul. 26 2010 - 10:26 pm | 1,563 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

What the WikiLeaks ‘leak’ and porn have in common

Surely, I am not alone in raising an eyebrow rather than dropping a jaw over the release of The Supposed Pentagon Papers of Our Time. Even in the limited number of interviews I’ve done for The War Project, I’ve become aware of most, at least generally, of what the New York Times is working its inner-thighs into a lather over (primarily because they got an “exclusive,” uh, sort of, and, therefore, perhaps felt compelled to sell it thusly. We have something here! But did they? Well, eh, maybe.)

Either way, of course, the release of these 91,000, 92,000, whatever the current tally is, documents is more a testament to the willful ignorance of the American public than it is evidence of the military’s purported deception of the aforementioned citizens. As a girlfriend of mine likes to say when such circumstances arise: “I mean, really?” What did everyone think was going on over there? Oh, right. They didn’t. Think, that is. They were too busy loading up their SUVs, scoring another mortgage, taking the kids to the pool and resisting the urge not to drown them like so many kittens in a burlap sack.

The whole affair reminds me of the scads of emails I received after I published “They Shoot Porn Stars, Don’t They?“, a not-very-pretty expose of the porn industry during the recession. It’s like life in wartime, but with more double-anals. Email after email rolled in (mostly from dudes, natch) in which readers expressed their quiet, sensitive astonishment. “I had no idea it was like that.” “Thank you for showing me a world I had no idea existed.” “I can’t believe how brutal the porn industry really is, and now my only fear in life is that I will no longer be able to masturbate to conclusion as my favorite jizz flick plays before me.”

I wanted to write back, as we say on the internet, “O RLY?” You had no idea that when your job description includes anal, that job isn’t easy? You actually believed everything Jenna Jameson sold you on “Oprah,” in her New York Times best-seller (!), in her “E! True Hollywood Story”? Please.

Americans know what’s going on in the Middle East, at least generally, as well they know what’s going on behind the scenes in a porn movie. (NB: Personal aside to the, I assume, young man who keeps sending me the same email asking if porn stars are really enjoying it or just pretending, the answer, mostly, is: They’re faking it.) We choose not to know. We choose not to find out. We choose ignorance. Why? Because it’s easier. Because it’s less complicated. Because it’s so much more pleasant to ride a mower around the front lawn while whining about the heat than it is to, say, listen to a soldier’s story, or, you know, admit that you are well aware that 99-percent of the orgasms in porn movies are faked — for your benefit.

So, yeah, drink the Kool-Aid, pretend you’re shocked, and take another sip of that whatever it is you’re drinking. Lord knows you’re not alone. These days, we’re drowning in it.


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