Why I Love Weird Porn

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About Noah Brand

Noah Brand is an Editor-at-Large at Good Men Project, and possibly also a cartoon character from the 1930s. His life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. He is usually found in Portland, Oregon, directly underneath a very nice hat.

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  1. A tough story to ‘Like’ or ‘Retweet’ for anyone whose social networks include aunts and future in-laws…But a brilliant piece nonetheless. And, for a guy who only ten minutes ago thought he’s seen it all…I obviously have a LOT more research to do.

  2. 4chan is called the bowels of the internet for a reason. Lots of stuff that either make you go “What in the world is that oh god please make it stop why am I still looking at this I feel so sick” or “By god, these people understand me!” The internet is anarchy fueled creativity, in its mundane vanilla-ist or at its absolute preverse. Which is wonderful. My generation, for all its faults and shortcomings, understand the internet and its tools the best. It’s the only place we know how to change things, and since there is no structure or government on the internet, things must be done by groups. This is why we were fighting SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, and ACTA. Any threat to the way the internet currently works is taking away the only platform many people know how to do things, make things, change things. It is incredibly important to us.

  3. Hank Vandenburgh says:

    Ah, yes. But as Foucault sadly wished, it’s more and more on the surface. So much of this flies from the body (yes- the “essential,” sensual body we modernists believe in) and retreats into fetishes on fetishes. Sure, fetishes are exciting for some (I have lots of unrealistic sexual fetishes about violating social rules [none with underage I should add] but aunts, my neice, coworkers– all fair game.) Still, I think real ecstasy is going deep, not so much kinky. I’d think that people in hour on hour slow ecstasy are more similar than different.

  4. Of course the other problem is that some of these things can become horrendous tail chasing exercises. I don’t have any video games on my computer for that reason; its too easy to waste time.

    I have lost days fooling around with computer games and such stuff. I can’t sell what I did in a computer game. But one of the resons that I’m working the way I am is to be able to afford better toys. My eyes changing gave me an excellent excuse to buy a 4X5 camera (that I can focus with reading glasses) and a digital camera (that is autofocus and can easily be Photoshopped) I’m also looking forward to going to the Smithsonian (and maybe some other museums) to get close up looks at dino bones. Can you say dino-bone-bed! Gotta love CorellDraw for gettin 3D ideas outta my head!

    I always get amused when people start talking about how porn has taken over the internet. No its just people being people. Ask any Greek, Roman, or Egyptian archeologist. Find an ancient trashpile and it will be full of porn. Oh, it may be more artfully written but that was just the way they did porn. The thing that I find the funniest things is hair now being a fetish idem. For me its not something I like because I like oral sex, especially buttered buns. But it is amusing because now normal is a fetish catagory.

  5. Valter Viglietti says:

    Thank you Noah, reaaaaallly good. 8)
    One more proof that “nobody is normal” – and that’s perfectly fine! :lol:

  6. CajunMick says:

    Dear Mr. Brand:
    Never has kink ever been seen as so life affirming.
    Kumbaya, brother.

  7. This is a very original idea, and a well written piece. The Internet is wonderful in that it helps people find a place where they fit in. But I still struggle with how I view it in general.

    What would Clay Shirky have done if he didn’t feel like watching Gilligan? Would he have sought out human interaction? On the Internet, if you don’t like the Youtube video that you’re watching, you can find another video, or read a story, or play a game, or look at seriously kinky porn. The list is endless. Part of me agrees with James Love’s comment: there is a great potential to waste time. I’ll admit that there’s creative potential, but how do people actually use the Internet? My parents were anti-technology people, so after 30 minutes (tops!) of TV, video games, or the family computer, it was outside to play with the neighborhood kids. I explored the woods with my brother or played basketball with the kids on my street. Or we went inside to play a board game. That face-to-face interaction, I think, offers something that the face-to-screen time cannot.

    And there are also obvious risks when interacting with strangers. People get their identities stolen. Children become the victims of pedophiles. A lonely kid learns how to make a bomb, or gets coaxed into suicide by a stranger.

    I’m obviously a fan of the Internet, seeing as I’m writing this response online. But when I someday have kids of my own, I just might bring back the 30 minute rule.

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