Tonight: Yale Porn Debate on ABC's 'Nightline'
Ron Jeremy and Monique Alexander fly the pro-porn banner
Posted Feb 29th, 2008 02:00 PM by Mike Albo
- ABC News's "Nightline" will air last week's "Is America Addicted to Porn?" debate at Yale University tonight at 11:35 p.m.
"Nightline's" Martin Bashir moderated the debate, which was part of "Sex Week at Yale." Representing the porn-positive side of the argument were industry vet Ron Jeremy and Vivid contract performer Monique Alexander. Taking the opposite position were Craig Gross of XXXChurch.com and former porn producer Donny Pauling.
The debate started with a plea from Bashir asking the rowdy audience to be respectful. "I'd like you to display your cleverness and your intellect and all those vast thousands of dollars that your parents have spent on you," said the moderator. In the past, debates between Jeremy and Gross, who have argued this topic more than 25 times, have led to booing, walkouts and even the occasional streaking incident.
Gross contended that pornography does not represent reality. "It's fantasy, not reality," he said. "You're going to be disappointed in your future sex life, because it won't match up to porn."
Jeremy, addressing the notion that porn causes ant-social behavior said, "I'm not saying there's not a problem, but you don't blame an entire industry on a few people that have problems. These are all very brilliant students. So people can see porn responsibly."
Speaking next was Pauling, who based his arguments on his personal observations of women having their lives damaged by pornography. He read a letter he received from one of his former models, who was haunted by her past career when she tried to get married. "How long do these pictures circulate?" Pauling read. "I want them off the Internet. I'll pay you money, whatever it takes. This will and is ruining my life."
Finally, Monique Alexander took the floor and stressed the importance of personal responsibility when choosing a career in the adult industry. She told the audience, "You make a choice in your life. And when you're 18, you're considered an adult."
Following the debate, the floor was opened to questions from the students and things became even more lively.
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