In defence of a man who can suck his own cock.

Ron Jeremy -The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz I see that Ron Jeremy is taking a bit of stick for his comments at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Walking into a group of gamers and claiming that video games have a “bigger negative influence on kids” than porn was asking for trouble.

But what struck me was that people were more critical of him saying it than what he actually said. The notion that "he’s just a porn star and so has no credibility, or right  to make such comments" seemed  the major thread. One comment I saw even compared him to Jenny McCarthy and her stand on vaccines causing Autism.

If you believe Wikipedia "He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and theatre and a master’s degree in special education from Queens College in New York." So this does give him some credibility. How much he has used his degrees and kept up to date within those fields I don’t know, but at least we can say that he has a genuine right to speak on such topics.

So I then went looking for the “studies”.  There are plenty about but I am unable to trust those from religious sites or others who have “Family”, “Values” or “Morals” in their name. So I instead put my faith in The American Psychological Association as my first stop.

Violent Video Games can Increase Aggression "May be more harmful than violent television and movies because of the interactive nature of the games"

Web pornography’s effect on children "Although research is scarce, investigators see links between young people who access Web porn and unhealthy attitudes toward sex."

The impression I got was “violent video games bad. Porn probably bad, but need more research”.

So what does this say for Ron’s comments? He may have stretched / bent the truth a little to suit his argument, but we must accept that porn is not created for children. On the other hand while violent video games are marketed towards older gamers we accept that they will be played by younger children and therefore must be a “bigger negative influence on kids”. This of course leads into that old debate of what’s worse, “sex or violence”, and how they are portrayed in society, but we are not going to go there today.

But that’s not what this post was about. The purpose was to say, just because you perceive a person in a way that seems frivolous does not give you the right to dismiss them or their ideas merely because they speak on topic that seems to be beyond their area of expertise.

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One thought on “In defence of a man who can suck his own cock.

  1. Nice to see someone stand up for the Hedgehog, who actually made an interesting point for debate, and – having read his autobio – is probably more articulate than many of the people making judgments against him. As with many things that are bashed by the media, the impact of porn/comp games largely rests on how bright the kid is i.e. whether he/she is able to distinguish the images as a staged reality, rather than reality itself. While not directly relevant, you might be interested in my recent lament on the death of tangible pornograpthy.

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