Joseph Hertzlinger speculates on the evolutionary consequences of widely available porn.
First of all, lest there be any unclarity, I consider Heartiste to be a complete cad, a filthy man-whore and in general, a terrible person, though he can be and often is an insightful writer. I do not espouse his philosophy. Just FYI.
Second, and wouldn’t you know it, everybody’s favorite villains (as determined by the History Channel) — the Nazis were behind the first sexbot/dolls. That just needed to be said.
Third, we are primed for a revolution in robotics in the next 10 years or so. We have been making enough advances, that they are going to start becoming more common place and doing household tasks. We may have a long as 20 years, maybe.
Next, the feminist angle is interesting to consider. One impetus for feminism was the rise of machinery that did a lot of “woman’s work”. It left woman wondering about their place in the world. But with the rise of robotics, we are going to start seeing them taking over men’s jobs, even more so than we see that trend now. What will man-ism look like? I don’t know, but I doubt it will be any more friendly to the union of the genders than feminism has been.
Of course, I must also point out, feminists were not happy when men were on top, but they aren’t any happier now that men are falling behind. I strongly suspect there is just no making them happy.
Finally, the point that Heartiste makes about the female equivalent dopamine rushes, needs to be more fully appreciated, if only because infidelity is no longer the primary reason for divorce – the reason is now wives growing bored. That is the entire plot behind books like Eat, Love, Pray. Around 3/4ths of divorces are initiated by women so this is not a negligible problem.
Men’s faults are rightly condemned, but the same weaknesses in women are played down. We would not think to compare pulp romance movies, TV and books and high glycemic carbs to pornography, but if those things break more families apart, then are they not more immoral?
And as an addenda, at the current rate of decline, marriage will cease in roughly the year 2045 . Here is a graph I made a while ago, showing how the marriage and divorce rates are changing. And what we see is a more or less steady downward trend for marriage over 6 decades. Marriage will soon become only something for the very religious and the very wealthy – the two groups with the highest marriage rates and the lowest divorce rates. https://plus.google.com/109227647904250315766/posts/4CPHhXMcxXK
And as a post- post script, as was discussed earlier here at the Junior Ganymede, much of economic disparity can be traced to decisions about marriage and children. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/us/two-classes-in-america-divided-by-i-do.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all
I have often wondered if the prophecy about the saints being tested more with money than they ever were with poverty will happen because we will continue to marry, and reap those benefits.
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