There is a kind of innocence in old fashioned pornography, where cheerful women enjoy…well, you know.
But when I was a doctor, a local porn shop went to court to change the zoning laws so they could open a shop, and a local professor wrote a letter to the editor saying how married people enjoy such things, so the zoning law should be changed.

The problem was that as the only female physician in that rural county, I was the one who saw and treated many of the girls, one as young as five, who were sexually abused, and was aware of what was being sold, mainly by talking to the girls and the cops who had to investigate the crime scene. So I wrote a letter to the paper opposing the zoning change, hinting to what the shop actually sold, and shocking those I worked with, who wondered if I had a second life I was keeping secret.

Yet now apparantly, pornography is becoming more and more mainstream, the more graphic the more you get praised.

So on Fox news film critic Aaron Eckhart discusses the latest kiddy porn film being touted at the Toronto Film festival.

“Nothing Is Private” comes within a year of “Hounddog,” the film in which a 12-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) is raped on screen. Of course, in that case it was really a 12-year-old. But something has definitely happened — a change has occurred in the mindset of filmmakers who no longer see anything wrong with these depictions. How wrong they are.

Independent filmmaking is not supposed to be marked by a complete abandonment of taste, sensibility and propriety.

I wish that the film was an aberation, but apparantly The next taboo taken on by Hollywood is beastiality.

Vern at “Ain’tItCoolNews”,  a site that cheerfully reviews slasher/horror/science fiction/anime films, writes about a movie  made famous when it was presented at the Sundance Film Festival: Zoo.

But the animal molesters are humanized, and the photography even makes them kind of glamorous. The camera slowly pans around, focusing on the poetic imagery of the setting, often shrouding their faces in shadow like characters in a film noir…. They could almost be RESERVOIR DOGS, except their crime is a little less understood by society than stealing diamonds and shooting people. …They just see themselves as a bunch of guys who like to hang out together on a farm, make some drinks, talk about their lives, and then maybe on a good night go out and, uh, let the livestock mount them.

It’s so non-judgmental, in fact, that one guy, “Coyote,” was willing to play himself in the re-enactments….

So there you have it.

Non judgemental films about abusing kids and horses.

Not at your local porn shop, but being shown and applauded at prestigious film festivals. But film festivals don’t show every film they are offered, someone choses what films to show. And one wonders why those running these festivals chose to show these films, not to mention why those working on the film and financing the film made the deliberate choice to do so.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket, and she writes essays on religion and ethics at Boinkie’s blog.

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