An ad for godaddy.com showing a woman in a sexy t-shirt who happens to suffer a slight, and we do mean slight, wardrobe malfunction in front of a government censorship committee was pulled due to objections by the NFL after airing only once during the Super Bowl.

Girls Gone Wild, a highly popular series of videotapes showing college coeds stripping for the camera, aired a pay per view event at halftime of the Super Bowl. The event promised plenty of wardrobe malfunctions. The CEO of Girls Gone Wild and a few of the girls gone wild appeared on The Loose Cannons, a sports radio show, to promote the event. Mychal Thompson, one of the loose cannons, objected to their presence and refused to appear with them.

LA Couples holds weekly swinger parties in a large warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Men must be accompanied by a woman. Women can turn up alone. I once spent an evening volunteering at the wine bar. More than eighty couples and a handful of single women filled up the nightclub area. People milled around and chatted each other up. There were some shy couples, there were some bold couples. Groups moved to the dance floor and various combinations of couples and singles went off together to the Doctor’s Office Set or the Arabian Set or the Jail Set or any other of over thirty theme rooms set up for creative sexual fantasy.

Tantra and other ancient sexual practices have been around since long before Christianity. Just because conservative Christians tout abstinence doesn’t mean it’s the only alternative. One thing you learn from the study of tantra is that you cannot repress sexual energy. It’s kind of like a Whac-A-Mole arcade game – if you whack one mole, another one just pops up somewhere else. That is probably why Hustler has a huge building on Wilshire Boulevard and Girls Gone Wild has sold 90 million videos. I was riding in an airport shuttle one evening and a fellow traveler told me a story about an older co-worker who was called to the Hustler building to install some computer equipment. The poor man was deeply embarrassed to discover that the equipment in question was a webcam pointing up the skirt of a Hustler secretary during her working hours. Now I ask you, isn’t that pretty desperate?

I contend that the fascination with porn is fed by a lack of alternatives. If people felt comfortable going to swinger parties or other private sex parties or more people knew about yearly pagan ritual orgies held in the woods or more couples watched HBO’s show Real Sex and were willing to rent a theme room and have themselves videotaped playing out a scene, there’d be a wider variety of erotic adventures and products available and porn would no longer out-picture everything else sexual. We have plenty of medical help for our sexual shortcomings but not a lot of instruction. I did a Google search for sexual advisors and it returned a long list of sexual harassment and sexual assault advisors.

Mychal Thompson believes that it’s wrong for college coeds to lift their shirts. He believes that an eight year old shouldn’t have to watch a satirical ad about a wardrobe malfunction. I think women should have the same right to go topless as men do and I hope we’re sophisticated enough that our entertainment can interest an eight year old and amuse an adult at the same time.

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