Thursday, December 07, 2006

PORNaments

Someone got a little out of hand this season while decking the halls when they decided to market pornogrphic christmas ornaments (link).

XXXblog posted that the pornography industry was estimated to earn (earn???...does the word "earn" apply here?) 70 Billion dollars this year. That's with "illion" with a "B". They seemed a little confused, so I decided to track back their facts. Check out what I read on this site:
Legend has it that Saint Nicholas became aware of a desperately poor parishioner having three daughters with no dowry to recommend them for marriage. The father had planned to sell them into prostitution to provide some means of support. By night, Saint Nicholas secretly brought bags of gold on three separate occasions to the man's home. These generous visitations allowed the three daughters to have sufficient means to avoid whoredom and later strike a marriage covenant. On the third visit to deliver the gift, Nicholas was caught in the act of generosity by the man.

Many make the Santa Claus-like association of this story to Saint Nicholas the gift giver. I see an additional angle. For reasons that often involve money, women today have few benefactors, few Saint Nicks. Bob Dylan sang it truly two decades ago that today's culture seems to promote "old men turning young daughters into whores." A look at any magazine rack will tell you that there is a market for flesh and the demographic is predominantly male, ages 12 to 90. Research company Visiongain projects the pornography market to be a 70 billion industry by 2006. That is a lot of gold being used to take advantage of women rather than promote their virtue.

I had never heard this story about Santa or Saint Nick. Read the whole story here: link.

1 comment:

Vicki Small said...

I could not enjoy a Christmas tree with "pornaments." Jesus elevated the status of women; porn degrades us and those who look at it. To put porn on a tree celebrating His birth would be a double whammy, as sacrilege goes.

IMHO.