Other than those of us with our eyes, ears and minds open – who could have guessed that conservative Americans would be frantically shrieking about the immorality of David Ogden's Deputy Attorney General nomination out of one corner of their mouths while madly salivating over internet pornography out of the other?
According to a recent – and widely discussed – study on the subject, conservatives indulge in online pornography more than liberals!
Clearly, this flies in wild contradiction of the moralistic ideals loudly proclaimed by members of the GOP and those whose political views are too conservative to fit under its allegedly big tent.
Or maybe not. After all, one of the most successful methods used by conservative churches to fill their pews during the past few years has been to “debate” or merely lecture about the evils of porn, its allegedly addictive nature – and its pervasive existence even among the godly.
And then there is the hall of conservative and neo-conservative heroes who’ve been found doing everything from renting time with call girls to making time with male hustlers to tapping out come-hither code in men’s bathroom stalls to dying while trussed up in a rubber diving suit complete with a ball gag in one end and a dildo in the other.
So, really, other than the demographic in question, who’s surprised?
Benjamin Edelman, an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, is the social rocket scientist who was able to point out the obvious, taking two years worth of anonymous credit card data from 2006 – 2008 and paying close attention to the purchase dates, products bought and area codes associated with the cards. What he found was that, after taking into consideration both population and how primitive some areas of the more socially conservative area’s tech access is, there isn’t that much of a difference between adult purchases in the various states.
What that means, is that people in Utah are just as likely to want to buy a silicone dildo or watch the latest Jesse Jane flick as people in California. Heck, if the numbers tell the truth, people in Utah are even more likely to not merely want to do those things but actually go about making them happen!
Which is all very strange, of course, when you realize that eight of the 10 states that managed to reach the top of the adult online purchase heap are states that enthusiastically supported Sen. John McCain’s recent failed bid for president.