Even though we’re almost a couple of decades late—and the famously ambiguous ending has already been spoiled for us— my husband and I recently decided to start watching “The Sopranos.” In a move that seems to flaunt HBOs freedom from the constraints of network TV, a topless go-go bar, Bada Bing, serves as the backdrop for many of the titular mobster family’s business dealings. The scenes were shot at an actual strip club in New Jersey known as Satin Dolls. Although they go by different names, fiction and reality bare unfortunate resemblances when it comes to the famed location. In 2013, the owner of Satin Dolls pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy, and the club was charged with prostitution and lewd activity in 2017.
Pornhub, one of the world’s largest pornography sites, received an average of 92 million visits per day, according to their annual Year in Review. This number is roughly equivalent to the populations of Canada, Poland, and Australia combined. If statistics like this no longer stagger us, it’s because the campaign to normalize porn culture has been a sweeping success. Even before 2003, when the musical Avenue Q first declared to a theater full of laughter and cheers that “the internet is for porn.”
Hello Everyone! My name is Erin Rollins. I am new to this blog, and I wanted to introduce myself: I am 33-years-old, married with two dogs, and a freelance journalist. I have always had a heart for the poor, the disenfranchised, and most recently grown in my understanding of the lasting effects of trauma of all kinds. I am also a survivor.
In my last post, I made a very simple case: sex trafficking would cease to exist if men stopped demanding women and children’s bodies for sex. I also posed a straightforward question—if legislators and society truly cared about the millions of women abused through commercial sexual exploitation, why isn’t everyone calling for the government to address demand?