"Porn Addict" Involved in Anti-Porn Campaign Still Wants to Marry His Laptop

No, really. I know it sounds like a joke... but it's all true. Army Vet. Chris Sevier along with several Republican representatives consider porn to be a 'public health hazard' and would like to enforce a nationwide ban.

Chris Savier

As if that wasn't bizarre enough, Chris Sevier, a US army veteran and controversial newbie model has made appeals against the Supreme Courts' decision not to allow him to legally wed his Macbook. He apparently cited that if same sex marriage is legal and widely accepted than his right to marry his laptop should be also.

Not only that, The Sun reported in the summer of last year that Mr Sevier tried to sue Apple for his "porn addiction" as he consider them to be liable for not blocking the content that “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and that led to an unwanted addiction”.

So essentially a man who states that he is a self-proclaimed porn addict and a "machinist" i.e. an individual that prefers sex with an in-animate object in the form of a computing device, rather than a real person wants the rest of the country to go porn-free? Am I missing something here, or did we just clock in to the 'Twilight Zone'?!

Okay, so as discombobulating as this all is... let's at least hear the guy out. What's his argument for such a case?

Rep. Todd Weiler proposed a bill coined the Human Trafficking Prevention Act that includes legislation whereby all electronic devices that are on sale in Utah, must be automatically fitted with a porn filter. Similar legislation was passed in South Carolina as we recently reported. 

The arguments for such legislation that clearly infringe civil rights and sexual freedom are the usual ambiguous statements that are usually offered by closet-deviants with a guilt-complex and prudes alike; child protection, unwanted exposure, forced sex work, female objectification and declining marriage success rates. 

“This is really about … people who want to avoid being exposed to pornography because they want to stay married for example, or they don’t want to open the door to being arrested for child pornography and they prefer not to go to federal prison for 20 years,” Sevier explained - excerpt from Raw Story.

It has been long established that there are numerous agencies working to prevent such incidents of child exploitation as well as human trafficking. An obvious example? ASACP, a non-profit organisation that works with all the top film studios, producers and service providers to ensure child safety online as well as the reporting of any indecent content involving children. An organisation in which we support through our twitter channel as well as having the RTA brand ourselves.

The other thing in relation to child safety online is that pretty much all Internet Service Providers offer free adult content filtering tools that can easily be set up on the family computer or on your child's devices. As much as the adult industry is doing their bit to try and keep children safe, parental responsibility is still a factor. Adults can also use these filters if they prefer not to see any nudity of explicit content.

What also really bothered me was the assumption that sex workers or adult performers are merely tools to be used by pimps and seedy producers alike. The idea that all adult workers are forcibly working in this industry is not only absurd but is outright offensive. There are many adult workers of all genders, sexual orientations and fulfilling various different roles that take pride in what they do, that feel a certain sense of control and liberation over their work and sexuality. To bracket them with victims who have been sold off to fulfil the desires of morally-inept predators demonstrates a lack of awareness and a need for generalisations.

Not all adult content glorifies female degradation either. There's been a huge surge in interest in Feminist and female-friendly porn, which has put filmmakers such as Candida Royalle, Petra Joy and Erika Lust on the global map. Many couples and people of all genders enjoy such content and as for the demand increases, we are likely to see a dramatic shift in how porn is approached. 

As for declining marriage rates and the increase of divorce rates, there are numerous factors consider:

  1. We live in modern times, meaning it isn't essential for women to get married in order to obtain a mortgage or rent a property. They also have far more work positions open to them than ever before, so the necessity isn't what it was.
  2. A lot young women are choosing not get married in the first place as they feel they feel the concept is outdated and doesn't necessarily apply to their ideologies. Which is their right.
  3. The increase in divorce rates can be attributed to not only choosing to not stay in unsuccessful relationship, but also the ease in which people can be divorced nowadays. After all, how many celebrities have had their marriages annulled after just a few weeks, days or even hours?
  4. People are far less likely to remain in abusive marriages than before due to there being more support available for victims and domestic abuse being taken more seriously.
  5. When it comes to cheating, a person will do this regardless of whether they watch porn or not. It happens with regularity as people aren't always clear on what they truly want from a relationship or if they are ready to completely cut ties with their spouse. If they confess or are caught out, people are far more likely nowadays to separate than to remain together.

In regards to the legislation itself, the other obvious issue is it creates a type of breach in privacy rights. Governmental filters means potentially opening the door for online monitoring, tracking and data collection that would otherwise be illegal without a suitable justification or receiving a search warrant from the courts.

Online privacy in the US has become a major cause of concern for it's residents, particularly after the NSA surveillance scandal unveiled by Ex-NSA Intelligence Whistleblower Edward Snowdon. People are becoming far less trusting of governmental agencies and online services where privacy and online security is concerned. That and with the spat of recent cyber attacks occurring worldwide. 

Pornography is currently protected under the First Amendment, in line with the Constitution. So it's currently unlikely to be passed by the Supreme Court. However, do watch this space as we will continue to update you in relation to this issue as and when more information becomes available.

Written by Brenda Adiyiah for Burn the Night