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Anti-Porn Protest Gets Weird

July 31, 2008
Protesting the Protestors Outside and Indiana Lions Den

Customers Use Their Butts to Defend an Indiana Lion's Den From Protesters

The Lion’s Den chain has undergone an impressive image change lately. I don’t know about your local store, but the one near my hometown is lovely and even features clean and friendly restrooms. When I lived in Louisville, the local Lion’s Den was one of 2 stores where I could enter knowing with full confidence that the staff would be respectful and make sure that my fellow customers also treated me appropriately.

Unfortunately, a Lion’s Den in Indiana has come under attack by anti-porn protesters, who are not only violating local ordinances in their protest, but also harassing customers and employees by means such as taking their pictures and posting them on the internet.

Now, I will come right out and say that I am not a fan of the push for increasingly edgy porn that has led to a flood of violent and painful portrayals of sex between male/female actors, as well as male/male actors. I’m also aware that watching violent porn has been shown in some research to increase a desire to engage in violent sex. Yes, we’re monkeys with a drive to impersonate what we see from the day we’re born. Does that make all porn, the porn industry, and all sex toys something to wage a war against? Does it mean that porn is nothing but horrid and getting rid of it will fix major social ills? Or perhaps that decent people don’t patronize sex stores? *Cough* So why are protesters in Indiana flipping out in front of their local Lion’s Den over an unrelated sex crime that happened before the store even opened?

Heck if I know! People get very excited about their causes and lack the sense to see if the information backs them up. These folks are upset, and rightfully so, about a sex crime against a female minor that occurred prior to the opening of the store. In response, they have organized to try to shut down the store by violating area laws (with no response from police or government) and attempting to ruin the lives of customers and employees. It seems that they believe this store, and its wares, somehow caused the crime.

Countless studies and professional accounts demonstrate that adult products, especially when tastefully done (but including the trashy stuff), can help couples to have more frequent and enjoyable sex. Both men and women are turned on by watching explicit videos, so it is NOT just a guy thing. While some porn producers have gone to the unpleasant side, others have invested in high quality films with a focus on women’s pleasure and lots of sexy outfits and performers who apparently love their jobs!

Now, if you don’t like porn, then don’t buy it. I’m a vegetarian but I don’t run around threatening people who go to McDonalds. Instead, I refuse to support the meat industry with my cash and try to increase attractive veg options for people to consider. And if you still want beef, well all the more for you… so enjoy. If you hate violent porn, then have a constructive conversation with your local vendors, offering alternatives and seeking solutions. Or, make your own erotica according to your tastes and offer it to the public! You could even donate the proceeds to your local sexual assault center. Those who commit such vile offenses have bigger problems than watching porn, and eliminating pornography is not going to solve those issues.

But I doubt the protesters in Indiana have bothered to read this far. As a woman, and as a volunteer at my local domestic violence shelter, I agree that the crime they have organized behind is terrible, tragic, and must be acted upon. I question, however, the value of their actions regarding the prevention of future harm to minors. Perhaps there is a way for all sides to sit together and see how both can serve their community in ways that raise awareness and resources toward the protection of vulnerable girls. By threatening customers, government officials, police, and store employees, this caring but erring group has diverted attention away from valuable efforts that would provide sustainable and essential assistance in the areas they seek to address. Again, this store was not open when the crime occurred and I have read no reason to believe that they participated or encouraged this behavior in any way.

To read the full story from the pro-porn view of AVN, click – here

To read the full story from the anti-porn view the protesters, click – here

The protesters are posting photos of customers on their site. Many of these customers are making an act of protest by posing for the photos. Check out their body language – here

And well done commentary on the anti-porn protesters’ actions is available – here

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49 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent E. Dyer permalink
    July 31, 2008 5:34 pm

    Thanks for the link, Ruth.

    I was cleaning out my inbox today and I came across this on one of the AVN Newsletters, and I wondered if you have seen it.

    It’s one of the best articles that I’ve ever read on the unhealthy relationship between sex and religion in America, and it immediately made me think of the protesters in Indiana.

    I’m sure that they are motivated by more than just trying to keep their community virtuous. I think they probably get a vicarious thrill from watching people go in and buy things that they themselves are forbidden to own. They are also probably secretly resentful and jealous that others are allowed to engage in activities that their religious beliefs forbid.

    Then they go on the website and make ugly comments about the people whom they have photographed to try to clear their consciences.

  2. August 10, 2008 12:04 am

    I hope the good people of Indiana can reason. If so, they should be able to realize that if sex shops were only frequented by non-believers, there might be one left in the entire country but it would be facing bankruptcy. Just as it is with gambling and prostitution, the sex trade is possible only because of the screwed up morals and lack of “practicing what they believe” common to all religious people. They can’t even keep their own in line, yet they want to apply their ineffective moral codes to everyone.

  3. Sapient permalink
    August 10, 2008 12:05 am

    On the one hand, I think there’s nothing wrong with specialty stores selling intimate products for married adults to spice things up, but at the same time I believe it is wrong to vicariously watch other people getting it on and doing stuff in the nude because this has negative effects spiritually and mentally. You can debate it all you want to, but that is my view and I have my reasons. I don’t have a right to order people who disagree out of my community, but I do have a right (and a duty) to let others know that they are being lead into a trap. The places are a trap that can lead naive people into a powerful addiction. Also, I don’t appreciate their billboards that continually tempt passersby into thoughts of lust and into the folly of treating women as objects.

  4. ITSMiami permalink
    August 13, 2008 6:33 pm

    Sapient, let me start by saying that according to most religeous teachings, sex is supposed to be for procreation. So unless the intimate product is for the express purpouse of helping in sex for procreation, you have already fallen into the “trap”. As far as powerful addictions and lust, why not go after the other deadly sin that affects more people than a porn store. The powerful addiction of gluttony. There should be protests outside of Ryan’s, KFC, Hardee’s, etc. Then there’s greed. Jesus had a donkey to get around or he walked. You see these billboards, I assume you’re driving a car? Unless it’s the bare minimum you need to get around (Jesus’ modern day equivallent would be a scooter or vespa) you are not being as Christ or a Christian. I hate hypocrits. I want to follow the teachings of Christ and be like him but you (Christian’s not you in particular) don’t even try. He healed the sick and the blind for free yet most of you vote republican and won’t support universal health care. He had no money and said, “It is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven.” Is everything you own the bare minimum you need to survive? Have you given all you can to those needier than you? We’ll since you have a computer and internet connection to post here, I would venture to guess no. Please, Christians, follow his teachings. “Judge not lest ye be judged” “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. What book are you reading? Whose teachings are you following? Mind your own business!

  5. August 25, 2008 11:31 am

    Wow – this is now the most read post on the blog. Thanks, everyone!

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