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The Porn Star as Leftist Hero

The left touts XXX actresses like Sasha Grey as agents of social change and icons of female empowerment.

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Bernard Chapin

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January 11, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Dark is the light. And everything is black.
the prophet Sasha Grey

Conservatives have long known that the culture war is lost. The expression of religious belief has been purged from the public square, and a pictorial representation of Jesus even resulted in one student being banished from his public school until he underwent “psychological evaluation.” Sex is now so pervasive and so ubiquitous in television, film, and the media that the word “sexy” may soon become a synonym for banal. Most of us on the right accept this eventuality with a shrug. We spend our time combating creeping socialism along with its concomitant (and inevitable) destruction of our currency and financial viability as a state. That we labor to “roll the clock back” to the fifties is just another straw man cliché produced by our enemies in the hopes of reducing us to caricature.

Yet the left refuses to acknowledge its victory. To radicals, neither a little degradation nor a lot is ever enough. Just as with the size of the government, the political left’s response to the implosion of our culture is to intensify demands for “More! More! More!”

For radicals, some change leaves them dissatisfied and only increases their lust for an imagined and imaginary utopia.

When it comes to sex, pseudo-liberals cling to the same position they peddled in the 1960s, which is that the United States is a hostile Death Star of repression. That every indicator and fact suggests otherwise makes no impression on them.

They are content to channel Groucho Marx and ask supporters, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?” Those who buy into their fairy tales about the supposed puritanical nature of our citizenry epitomize the word “drone.”

The left’s unyielding battle against repression and conservatism in general causes them to forge strange alliances. Thirty years ago feminists condemned pornography. Two of the movement’s most famous luminaries even created an ordinance seeking to define it as a violation of female civil rights.

What a difference a new millennium makes. Many feminists are now openly in favor of porn and have tried to carve out portions of it as “political and woman-owned.”

At this pace it won’t be long before they begin championing XXX actresses as important agents of social change. Oh, my apologies, they already have. Rolling Stone ran a hagiographic expose on one such starlet last May.

Its title, “The Dirtiest Girl in the Room,” hails the emergence of Sasha Grey, revolutionary leftist in waiting. We should not be surprised by this unsavory news, as it is the inevitable fruit of “being judgmental” becoming a sin.

Despite the reporter’s flattering depiction, Ms. Grey appears to be more silicon-headed drama queen than horseman of the apocalypse. She presents as being just another uneducated 21-year-old whose ignorance has convinced her that she knows all there is to know about the world.

As those over 30 can attest to, members of the self-esteem generation think they know everything because they know practically nothing. Luckily for Ms. Grey, even though she never attended a university, she’s absorbed many of the standard political poses spouted by college graduates.

The journalist relays that “she says that she wants to go on Howard Stern with the Palestinian flag wrapped around her breasts, because she believes he’s a closet racist; she thinks Oprah is stingy and doesn’t give enough money to charity, because as much as she gives, she has many millions more.”

Asides like that will earn her an A in many a liberal arts class. With that one sentence she displays the necessary politically correct bona fides. Bogus charges of racism and a proclamation of self-righteousness regarding the poor could well turn her into a popular radio personality. Hey, it’s all Al Sharpton needed.

Unfortunately for the young icon, Howard Stern took exception to her shallow jibes: “Wrap that flag over your head and suffocate yourself. What do I care? Move to Palestine. Go live there. … See how the Palestinians treat porn stars. Tell me what it’s like to be buried in sand when they throw stones at your head. … Let’s see what they do to porno stars in Palestine. They’ll be very, very liberal about your political statements.”

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