Political debate on the blogosphere seems to thrive on absolute certainty. Every pundit is absolutely certain that he’s absolutely right about everything. With each passing year, I become less certain about almost everything, except that one day I will die and be buried alongside Myrna. Political debate forces people into a corner. Political debate without visual cues and body language drives people even further into an unyielding stance. I have become exhausted with the strident political debate and the angry shouting that passes for commenting.
The 2Blowhards site presents a refreshingly different face. The writing is a bit whimsical and light hearted. The four writers who comprise the Blowhards write with some authority about the subjects dear to their heart, but they don’t pretend to be the world’s leading authorities.
A recent link to a display of college girls in their thong panties on the 2Blowhards site, provoked me not to lust, but to thought. (Don’t forget to buy your genuine Shouting Thomas thong panties.) The response of Michael non-Blowhard to my comments only further provoked me. He tried to shock my supposedly dainty conservative sensibilities by writing about his gag reflex during fellatio.
Shock holds a central place in the modern liberal pantheon of tactics, particularly when it comes to sex. For at least 50 years, liberals have been trying to shock the rubes. Always, the assumption seems to be that this shocking will lead to greater sexual freedom, and even greater sexual pleasure.
What, really, is still shocking? On my last trip to my tiny home town in Illinois, I stopped for a moment in a porn shop located conveniently on the edge of town, close enough to the interstate to offer anonymity to the shoppers and access to the truckers. Every type of porn available to the city slickers is for sale or rent right out there in the middle of the cornfields. You can rent a gangbang video, interracial sex video, gay video… anything you want. And, of course, the internet makes every kind of porn available anywhere, any time. Hell, you can pay girls to strip to order on live video cam via a satellite link in northern Alaska.
College girls risk absolutely nothing by baring their thong clad butts in public. Sex fairs are common on college campuses. These butt displays are so safe, so free from public censure that they are boring. Rebellion against non-existent authority.
What would be really shocking in contemporary America? Nothing that I can imagine. Perhaps, emotional reserve and modesty? A refusal to be exploited and humiliated on reality TV shows?
The liberal certainty that shock, and sexual public display produce a more satisfying sex life has also, I think, just about played out its usefulness. I enjoy looking at naked women, and I don’t mind pornography and have enjoyed some of it. As ever, not much good porn is produced. I think that we can learn some interesting things from porn, but not the things that we can talk about. Differences in sexual behavior and attitude by race and nationality are fascinating. Try talking about that publicly and you’ll get a sound thrashing.
Here’s my point. I actually live a very integrated life. I move easily from the traditional, conservative Midwest to the hip, liberal East and West Coasts. I have friends and families on both fronts. The liberal, hip notion that sex and romance work better in their coastal communities is, I believe, so much vanity. The opposite often seems to me to be true. Communities of narcissists (that is, the left) do not provide for much erotic give and take.
The real pre-requisite for enjoying a great sex life is getting along splendidly with another person. The ability to build a good relationship with another person has nothing to do with political philosophy. Believe me when I tell you that some conservative, religious Midwesterners go to the orgy on Saturday night. The kids in my little home town have been trooping upstairs to listen to the Grateful Dead and smoke dope for several decades.
I think that it is time for the left to bury its fascination with shock value. How boring it has become! There is nothing left to liberate. There are no rubes left to shock.
I know that this leaves the kids with no hope of outraging the authorities, but it’s the sad truth. Time to quit pretending otherwise.