While scanning headlines on Google News, my eyes paused momentarily on the following:
“Bill Clinton wanted to meet us: Porn starlets”
The message did not surprise me, because this man has a reputation and porn has become a regular feature of American life. I did not read the article, because this did not interest me. Still, the words made me think about how much life in American has changed.
When I was younger, airbrushed photos in Playboy were the raciest available on the open market. In college, I recall a visit to a county fair in Vermont, which featured a tent into which local farmers clambered for entry. Peeking through the entrance, when someone exited, I spotted an unattractive female displaying body parts to fuel dreams of local yokels. I had heard of “blue movies”, but had never seen one or knew where to find whatever they were. I may or may not have heard the word pornography, because it was not spoken or written about.
That has all changed. Pornography has become a topic in all media, a major profit source for hotel chains and entertainment conglomerates, and a favorite past time of millions. Cable television could probably not survive without naked flesh. The word “star”, which used to apply to serious actors or actresses (before women started using the former), has been usurped by anyone willing to strip off their clothes in front of a camera. In that case, even you or I could be stars...if so inclined to peel away our dignity for money.
It is interesting to note, that as pornography has become more socially acceptable, habits and practices of public figures have come under closer scrutiny and more criticism. What Kennedy and his ilk did with impunity has been hung around Clinton’s neck like an albatross. The only thing missing is shame.
I like attractive women as much as the next person, but I dislike the hypocrisy, greed, and exploitation.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.