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Porn Generation

Author: Ben Shapiro
Publisher: Regnery Publishing • 2005 • 232 pages

Pornography: it’s everywhere — at the video shop, in your newspaper, in your inbox. And although American society grows increasingly accepting of this state of affairs, porn is unmistakably dangerous: it presents a warped image of sex and self-satisfaction that ridicules the values of faith and family, mangling the most sacred ideals of matrimony. In Porn Generation, Ben Shapiro explains why. This book is about a generation of Americans lost in a maelstrom of moral relativism in a culture obsessed with cheap, degraded, casual sex. It’s a powerful wake-up call outlining what we must do now to eradicate this scourge and reclaim the values that made America great.

Shapiro, a 21-year-old orthodox Jew, syndicated columnist, and Harvard Law student, knows up close about the hypersexualization of American youth – which has taken hold to a degree that astonishes even their Baby Boomer parents, despite the fact that their liberal attitudes toward sex caused it all. In this book he demonstrates that as societal standards and traditional values have declined, and the crassest elements of sexual deviancy and pornography have taken over the public square, it is the Americans of his own generation who have paid the price. Never in our country’s history has a generation been so empowered, so wealthy, so privileged – and yet so empty. He shows that legalized and all-pervasive porn is by no means trivial or marginal: it’s an integral part of a sustained program by the forces of relativism, radical feminism, and nihilism to destroy our nation’s moral foundations and replace moral standards with the idol of personal fulfillment.

“Porn Generation” reveals:

  • Why the “live and let live” societal model is a recipe for societal disaster – and why the sanctioning and encouraging of immoral behavior by society hurts all of us
  • How revisionist historians sold the cockamamie idea that obscenity is a right that the Founding Fathers sought to protect
  • Ill-considered sex ed programs that teach nine-year-olds about condom use, push twelve-year-olds to make decisions about their sexual orientation, and expect fifteen-year-olds to be as sexually experienced as prostitutes
  • How today’s sex ed establishment is unalterably committed to amoral ideas of permissiveness and “tolerance” for all sorts of deviant behaviors
  • Proof: non-abstinence-only education programs have been a massive failure
  • Indoctrination on campus: how universities use their sex courses as training seminars in amorality and post-modern radicalism
  • How Hollywood actors, MTV artists, and assorted self-important celebrities act as the new elders of a church of corrupt, shallow, and materialistic humanism
  • Nudity on film: how it has become difficult to tell the difference between call girls and movie starlets
  • The limitless sexual license of the porn generation: how it has led to pandemic spiritual desensitization, emotional alienation, and lack of commitment
  • How liberals have undemocratically imposed their amorality on America through Hollywood, the education system, the judiciary, and the media
  • Kinsey: how this secret pervert and sex maniac successfully convinced millions of Americans that almost everyone was a secret pervert and sex maniac
  • How the high percentage of sexually active young people is wreaking enormous damage upon the emotional stability of an entire generation
  • Why John Kerry felt it necessary to pretend to admire rap music, despite its total lack of artistic value, overwhelmingly negative social value, and often frankly pornographic lyrics
  • Teen magazines for girls: how they have become morally fetid training manuals for sex, encouraging young girls to buy liberal social values wholesale and have contempt for religion
  • Lesbian chic: how society actually encourages young girls today to enter into sexual relationships with other girls
  • Sexual advertising: negative effects of twenty years of targeting the youth market with salacious images and immoral insinuations
  • “Whether I’m loving a man or a woman, it makes no difference to me”: how Hollywood stars have made bisexuality the latest craze
  • How Hollywood movies have spearheaded the society-wide charge for the normalization of homosexuality, again and again painting homosexuals as saints and intolerant moralists as sinners
  • The Oscars: Play a gay man, receive an Oscar nomination. Play a lesbian, receive an Oscar nomination. Make a film celebrating homosexuality, receive an Oscar nomination
  • “What’s the big deal? President Clinton did it”: how Slick Willie’s widely publicized misbehavior — and sleazy self-justification – have contributed to widespread acceptance of oral sex among American youth
  • Whore with a microphone: how the slutty pop star Madonna has used her fame to push a destructive message of societal amorality
  • Ted Bundy: shocking proof of how pornography corrupts — and even ultimately led one man to mass murder (and how Playboy falsely tried to portray him as a victim of sexual repression rather than sexual excess)
  • Why it is so crucial for parents to stop and pay attention to what’s going on in the lives of their children — and equip them with the moral compass that will guide them through the cultural pit of the porn generation unsullied

The Porn generation, explains Shapiro, now inhabits a world where “empowerment” means sex with no strings attached. The old faith and traditional morality are universally portrayed as bourgeois, archaic, sexist, and close-minded. Our new god is Tolerance of all behavior, our new credo “live and let live.”

But this anything-goes credo is killing us: corrupting our youth, fragmenting our families, and weakening our society. It is not right that children are dunked headfirst into the vat of garbage we call popular culture. If we don’t fight back now, our culture will surely continue to disintegrate. Shapiro includes here a series of solid recommendations for how we can recover our values — and why we must. “Porn Generation”: it’s a vivid and shocking insider’s report from one very troubled generation to the rest of us.

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