Thursday, December 15, 2005

Porn: The Gift That Keeps on Giving?

  • Porn Tax


  • I suppose as a woman, I should be completely offended by the very idea of porn. But for some reason, I find it rather intriguing. What is is about looking at pictures of naked women that appeals to men more than, say, going home and undressing their wives or girlfriends?

    Then it hits me. Pictures can't nag before, during or after. And it's likely a lot easier to satisfy a picture than it is to satisfy a woman. Of course, having no experience in either department, I'm just theorizing...

    But, oddly enough, I do feel a bit uncomfortable about the idea of this tax. I'm not particularly fond of taxes to begin with, but there's a growing trend to slap extra taxes on selected items. I don't mind taxing cigarettes into unaffordability, because they're bad for you. And smoking costs health care millions each year. I might even go so far as to say that if you smoke, you should forfeit your health care coverage entirely. Of course, I also watched my great-uncle die from lung cancer at a very impressionable age.

    Now, what is it about porn that justifies levying an extra tax on it?

    Do we slap entertainment taxes on X-box games? Nope. How about a show-off tax for all those who own a BMW or a porsche? Nope. Do we slap environmental taxes on overpackaged goods? No. We aren't doing that either.

    So why slap an extra tax on porn?

    First of all, it seems rather sexist, as I suspect the bulk of consumers in the porn industry are men.
    Second of all, who does porn hurt? Okay, okay, get off the petty disgust angle. Especially in Europe, where all you need to do to see naked bodies is watch the average commercial for jeans or head for the sauna.

    I know this might sound a bit like I'm pro-porn, but really, in this case, it seems like nothing more than a sneaky way to squeeze a bit more out of a man. And if they can start by taxing porn, how long before specialty items in those naughty adult shops come with the extra slap of a special tax?

    And when that money still isn't enough for the government, what then? Special taxes on flavoured condoms? Levying fines on certain positions? Think I'm kidding? There are laws, you know. Ever wonder how they regulate these?

  • Check your position

  • How do people in Nevada reproduce?


  • I never would have written this six years ago. All this time I thought I was training my husband, and it turns out marriage has completely corrupted me.

    7 comments:

    M. G. Tarquini said...

    I'm pretty sure there are luxury taxes now on high-priced autos. I don't know why I know that, one of those weird things that sticks in the heads of accoutants.

    Oh, the porn thing...
    I guess I don't care because I don't look at porn. How's that for self-centric?

    Naw, it's probably because I don't take it seriously as a serious industry. I'd kind of like it to go away, so I'm like, fine...tax it. Just don't tax me, anymore.

    Sandra Ruttan said...

    I think here we're looking at extra taxes on big vehicles, like SUV's. But since we're between governments I'm not really sure where that's at.

    For me, obviously I don't buy porn. But I think it's like the oldest profession - it's here and not going anywhere and what bothers me about this is more that we're on the slippery slope. At what point does everything that isn't a 'necessity' get slapped with some extra arbitrary tax?

    Of course, the federal Canadian Sex Party would never endorse such practices, I'm sure.
    http://www.thesexparty.ca/

    M. G. Tarquini said...

    Speaking of Canada - the Canadian Bunion made me sign a petition about beer and popcorn. I didn't ask her to explain why I was signing it, I just did. I trust her. So far, that hasn't been a mistake. Nobody even asked if I were Canadian.

    Sandra Ruttan said...

    Two posts down from this one - beer and popcorn. You know you're in the middle of an election campaign when some government person says something really stupid!

    M. G. Tarquini said...

    Yeah. I read Beer and Popcorn. Then Canadian Bunion asked me to sign that petition and I put two and two together. I figured if two Canadians of sound mind felt so strongly about it, then I'd sign.

    Hope it's okay to sign petitions involving other countries elections.

    Sandra Ruttan said...

    Yeah, well, we could use some higher intelligence here. Our current government is proof of that! Sign away!

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