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Ban Porn on Minds

JRoselandApr 23, 2021, 3:18:17 PM
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Porn on Minds has become a contentious issue.

So I’m going to piss off the porn addicts making the case here for banning porn on Minds.com. 

Some of you might be saying “But Minds.com is ardently pro-free-speech and porn is speech!” Well, I’ll explain why porn is not speech and I’ll break down 10 good reasons to ban porn here...

Let’s look at the definition of “speech”...

The faculty or act of speaking.

The faculty or act of expressing or describing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.

From The American Heritage® Dictionary

the power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking

From Merriam-Webster

Porn is not the expression of thoughts and ideas, I have never learned anything from watching porn. It’s animalistic grunts with sometimes a very thin veneer of bad acting. I can’t remember a single thing ever said in a porno I watched (you probably can’t either) because porn does not communicate anything. This is because porn is not speech, porn is porn. It falls into a category all its own.

Also, as the meme goes, when the founding fathers of the United States enshrined our right to free speech in the 1st amendment they were not thinking about porn, they trying to protect political speech that might challenge tyranny and injustice. And porn serves political tyranny and injustice, read Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control.

  1. Softcore porn can easily be found on Minds, in fact, it ends up being boosted content often, This just makes the site look really sleazy and shady, which is the first reason to ban porn. We want normies to come to the site and get redpilled, not come to the site and then leave because unsettling adult content pops up in their feed.
  2. Hardcore porn can also be found on the site, and it’s simply wrong, immoral, and legally very risky to serve porn to users who are as young as 14-years-old. I’m sure that there are plenty of teenagers on the website and they are sometimes seeing adult content that posters fail to properly mark as NSFW.
  3. On Minds you can also find I lot of what I might call "Edgecore porn” - this is the weird anime stuff, the sexualized cartoons. People (sickos!) create and share this stuff specifically because they want to abuse the lenient content policy, shock and disturb people - while indulging some deeply deranged tastes. If you’re an adult male that enjoys looking at this stuff, for your own good, stop and get help, your dick is not going to work right if you ever get the chance to make love to a real woman! Also, don’t contact me, I’m not going to talk to you.
  4. In my user content settings, I have a single option, which is to Always show NSFW content. This is something Minds could improve, NSFW content is too wide a category, I might like to see edgy political memes or sexist jokes, but I don’t want to opt into seeing anime art in my feed of a prepubescent sexualized cartoon character. Even if Minds banned NSFW content from being boosted, porn or pseudo-porn still might show up uninvited when someone I follow reminds it.
  5. Allowing porn or nudity puts Minds' moderators in this really difficult position of drawing the line between acceptable “artistic expression” porn and sick stuff in the legal gray zone. If you ban porn and nudity, it gets real simple; do women’s nipples or a bare ass appear? Ban it. Porn is pretty obvious, nobody is confused about the difference between a photo of a beautiful woman wearing a nice dress and porn.
  6. I’m sex-positive, I think most of Minds’ users are. I’m all about more people responsibly having more great sex. And people have A LOT LESS sex because of porn. I’ve known men who were lonely porn addicts for years, when they quit porn they got girlfriends, they got married, they had children — they left behind their lives of quiet desperation behind. Being anti-porn is not being anti-sex, it’s being anti-internet addiction.
  7. Porn is digital poison. I’ve studied neurobiology and mindset for 9 years now and the evidence is overwhelming that porn is self-destructive and addictive, particularly for men. The porn industry is the gateway drug to pedophilia, it fuels child trafficking, and the abuse of women is systemic in the industry. It’s nothing that a company of decent people would want to have anything to do with.
  8. There are other websites for porn. If you want to watch porn, there are thousands of websites with millions of scenes. Porn websites require special hosting different than the rest of the web because porn is not normal speech. It’s something different.
  9. I want Minds to survive. The left hates websites like Minds that allow us to communicate freely and challenge bad ideas. Very bad actors can take advantage of Minds’ current lenient policy and upload borderline adult content that could get the site in a lot of trouble.
  10. Finally, the website is called Minds, it’s supposed to be a more thoughtful place, not merely a reflection of the scum and villainy that characterizes the rest of the internet. If we want a better, freer internet we need to have arbitrary, higher standards.

And I need to pre-emptively address the “Slippery slope” argument, banning porn does not mean that inevitably, other speech is going to be banned. 

It’s very easy to identify and define legal speech. It’s also easy to define porn - are there naked people having sex without a lot of context or story? Case closed! The few edge cases of “sexy art” can be addressed by Minds’ jury system.

Minds is not going to start hiring deranged social justice warriors or leftist political activists as content moderators anytime soon.

Banning porn is just a vote for decency, akin to banning snuff films, torture, or animal abuse.

If you’re a libertarian, don’t be a loser libertarian, don’t be fooled by The People vs. Larry Flynt, porn is not speech by any coherent reasoning. Porn doesn’t communicate or express anything. Again, can you remember anything said in a porno you’ve watched? I bet you can remember plenty of lines from movies you’ve watched, but not porn because it doesn’t communicate anything remotely meaningful.

Porn is porn, not speech, and it doesn’t belong here.

You’re not abandoning any libertarian principles by opposing porn here on a social network devoted to ideas, nuance, and expression.

In conclusion, I’d urge Minds management to ban porn on the site, it’s doing damage to the brand, moderating it is probably wasting a ton of your time, and it’s the right thing to do on a website that teenagers, trying to figure out the world, are using.

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