Thursday, December 19, 2013

Obituary: Al Goldstein

The NYT headline for the obituary of Al Goldstein, who I thought was already dead, says it all:

Al Goldstein, Pioneering Pornographer, Dies at 77

I personally don't think this is anything to be proud of.

Goldstein spent much of his life in the court system battling for his "right" to exploit others for money.

Mr. Goldstein, who lived to shock and offend and was arrested more than a dozen times on obscenity charges, stuck around long enough for social mores and technology to overtake him. By the time his company went bankrupt in 2003, he was no longer a force in the $10-billion-a-year industry he pioneered. But for better or worse, his influence was undeniable.

He was a merchant of sleaze. If anything, though, pornography has gotten far worse.

It still doesn't change the fact it is the exploitation of people for money. That's what I find objectionable.

People's "right" to consume something depicting people, especially women, who were likely forced through economic circumstances or even outright slavery to participate in order to enrich some publisher or movie producer, is NOT a "right" at all, libertarian bullshit notwithstanding.

This is what people, including judges, still don't understand about porn.

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