Saturday, April 21, 2007

Right Wing Strippers

The other day I posted about the fact that you can get a slick, glossy, medium-x porno mag for free in greater Las Vegas.

Well, it turns out this publication has a peculiar bent.   And I'm not talking kinky.

I spent a little more time reviewing the current issue (just reading the articles!) and discovered something pretty amazing.

There is a two-page section on politics in the May issue, penned by Jeff Alexander.

Jeff mentions that he is a moderate conservative.   All well and good.   But the interesting thing about this is why the management of Strip would choose a right-leaning columnist for the type of publication that historically owes its very existence to lefty institutions such as the ACLU, People for the American Way and Americans United for Separation of Church and State and, most ironically, to people like Larry Flynt.

It's remarkable that a porno mag about strip clubs would feel better off siding with the political party most closely associated with organizations like Focus on the Family, Christian Coalition and the Family Research Council.

You see, assuming all of the items in the section are written by Jeff, then he's a long ways away from being a "moderate".   Despite the fact that the US is currently struggling with arguably the most intractable presidential administration in history; an administration with troubling interpretations of the Constitution, and stuck in a war started on tragically weak evidence, what are his items of interest?

Nit-picking Al Gore over global-warming and bashing the Clintons.

I kid you not.

Not one word about, oh, say Alberto Gonzales, DeLay, Abramoff, Plame, Katrina, Cunningham, Abu Ghraib, illegal wire-tapping and, most importantly for a magazine like this, the war on unmarried sex.

You'd think Strip would more quickly associate itself with the president who got a little action on the side in the White House, rather than the one who believes that God tells him what to do.   (Perhaps I missed the part of the Bible which says that ogling strippers and nekkid wimmen in magazines is OK, as long as you don't cheat on your wife?)

Not only that, but the Bush administration, through the Dept. of Justice, is "cracking down" on pornography obscenity.

This must be a difficult line to toe for the magazine's publisher.   It seems to indicate that their desired demographic is aligned with the political group most bent on their elimination.

I must point out that I have only read this section in one issue. If I can pick up another copy next month, I'll check and see if they give equal time to a moderate liberal.

To read the rest of the "political" section, you'll have to pick up the mag at Lee's Discount Liquor (I've only seen it at the Rancho location).   I don't know if the political section is available online, because the site which is the magazine's home, charges for access.   (Pick up a free mag and then pay for access to a website - that, in itself, is an interesting experiment in new media)

1 comment:

native phloridian said...

I just stumbled across your blog. My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Vegas and were highly entertained. We live in South Florida so are not unfamilir with half naked people casually cruisng down the street or weird 'almost porno' pictures being displayed in storefronts or magazines. I guess one of the most entertaining parts was walking down the Strip and looking down and seeing boobs and girly parts pictured on the little cards the men give out. I have a few interesting pictures of them in the gutter - I plan on posting them soon. . .

In the meantime, if you would like to view pictures of random Florida spots, you can visit my site at:

I plan on visiting your blog again to see what is up out west.


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