Few people would agree that pornography has hardly been an indicator of freedom or political stability. Some more would also agree that it is not a universal symbol of advancement or female empowerment. Nonetheless, this week Tarek El-Tablawy, an Associated Press writer, affirmed that pornography availability mirrors Iraq’s improvements in security and politics.
More surprising, however, is the fact that many well-known websites published his article with little or no analysis. Websites such as News 1130, National Public Radio, the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, CBS News, the Raw Story, among others, have republished El-Tablawy’s article. Many of the comments posted in the different websites show that a large number of readers agree on the fact that now Iraq is free because pornography can be found in the streets.
The article presents many problems. With the American troops coming back to the United States, some critics consider it odd that El-Tablawy seems to imply that the invasion, the dead, and all the efforts were for one sole purpose: to sexually liberate Iraqi society. As the New York News & Features explains, if pornography is a reflection of security and stability, then the American troops have nothing else to do in Iraq. On the other hand, although some people believe that democracy in the country is not strong enough, the Sun claims that now Iraq is a better place to live and an expression of the country’s new lifestyle is the availability of pornography.