What if people knew you watched porn? What would your boss and co-workers think or say? How would the parents of your children’s friends react?
More than 20 years ago in Saint Louis, Circuit Attorney George Peach led a crusade against the rental of porn from video stores. He demanded that video stores removed pornographic titles from their shelves and threatened prosecution if they failed to comply. Meanwhile, video store owners discussed in private the fact he was renting the very same titles that he wanted removed from the stores. It was a different time with different news cycles and different editorial judgement. The video store owners did not respond to the hypocrisy in force and largely kept their mouths shut. They lost thousands in income from the ban and did not publicize the hypocrisy. Details of his rental history emerged five years later after Peach’s arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. A long legal career and sixteen years as Circuit Attorney ended with a trial and Peach surrendering his license to practice law. The collapse of his legal career was more to do with soliciting prostitution and financial improprieties than his renting and watching porn.
Porn still provokes an emotional response from a significant segment of society. Your enjoyment of porn alone or as a couple is a private matter. How do you maintain your privacy when buying porn? Here are five steps that I take to maintain my privacy and reduce my footprint. A computer expert could find my electronic trail. Website tracking companies can piece together my electronic trail and identity. I have avoided using Tor or other anonymizing software so far but I re-evaluate that decision frequently. [click to continue…]