Adult Industry Calls BS on Ben Shapiro and The Daily Wire’s ‘War’ on Porn 1
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Claiming to be concerned for “the welfare of our people,” four Republican members of Congress recently called on the Department of Justice to “declare the prosecution of obscene pornography a criminal justice priority,” attempting to justify their request by stating “the harms of illegal pornography have continued unabated, affecting children and adults so acutely to the point that 15 state legislatures have declared that pornography is causing a public health crisis.”

Seizing the moment, The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, who touts himself as “one of the religious right’s most influential young voices,” took to social media to advocate for a ban on porn that extends to jailing pornographers, kicking off what his colleague and Daily Wire editor-at-large Josh Hammer dubbed the “Great Conservative Porn War of 2019.” Meanwhile their boss, Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, found the Republican congressmen’s call to crack down on porn “unobjectionable,” further arguing that “there is no fundamental First Amendment right to pornography” before conflating the issue with “sex trafficking.”

Like many of his contemporaries, Walsh’s understanding of pornography doesn’t seem to differentiate between what is legal and illegal, consenting or coerced (he claims it’s impossible to ever really know).  Ela Darling, adult film performer and marketing director of ViRo Club, points to the current state of adult entertainment and the surge in entrepreneurial performers.

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