opinion

A .XXX Perspective

Airek
I really care about this industry and a lot of the people in it. We got lucky today, nothing more and nothing less. If anyone thinks ICANN spared the "poor pornographers" I would seriously reconsider that thought. They are a business too, and .xxx stood to put an ass load of money in their pockets. I am sure that their reasons for not voting it in are not the ones that many of you may be thinking. I don't say this to insult anyone's intelligence, but I do feel that unless you have followed this for a long time, you may not understand the nastiness that this would have caused on many different levels.

I hope this serves as a wake up call to the adult industry as a whole to start taking the industry as a whole more serious. This could have very easily gone the other way. The time is now to support the organizations that go to bat for this business, to act like professionals and push through the TLDs that "we" know will stop kids from accessing adult materials as best as possible.

We do in fact peddle immoral goods in the eyes of millions of Americans and the governments that "protect" those people. However, many other industries are also peddling "immoral" and in fact extremely devastating products that affect the daily lives of Americans for the negative. Let's talk about gun manufacturers, cigarette companies, alcohol companies, and drug companies, just to shave a sliver off the type of companies that push "questionable" materials to all the poor, innocent Americans.

All of these industries are represented at the government level and lobby hard to make things happen in their favor.

It is a known fact that cigarettes kill millions every year, disrupting families and damaging happy American dreamer's lives every day.

Guns are responsible for many deaths each year, yet still are poured on to the streets in ridiculous numbers, all legally, and under the limitations of the law, but only barely.

How many people die from Paxil, Vioxx, and God only knows how many other drugs that are advertised to people on prime time TV every night, all legally, and under the limitations of the law, but only barely?

Alcohol companies market under the radar to young people under the guise of crafty marketing campaigns and nifty, chic ads designed to subliminally entice them into the products, all legally, and under the limitations of the law, but only barely.

Porn does in fact break up marriages, cause some people to become sex addicts, possibly influence young people to have sex more frivolously, but in my opinion, and the opinion for may others, does not do the damage that many of these "represented" industries of vice and destruction.

These other industries work on the fringe of "immoral and questionable" just as we do, but they do it by the government's rules.

Our industry has problems uniting. Until we get over that, there will always be another .xxx, another law, another Acacia, etc.

I can get into a ridiculously lengthy editorial on why I think what I think from a ton of different perspectives, but I won't. I guess my main point out of all of this is this industry is so "me me me" that everyone risks everything they have more regularly than makes me comfortable, because many of us can say "us."

That's all. I am extremely relieved. This could have easily been the beginning of a very long and trying period as .xxx would have been the rollercoaster ride to hell in so many ways. Congrats people, but like baddog said, "Well, doubt she (.xxx) is dead, but hospitalized anyway." Be well everyone, we dodged a bullet.

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