Monday, June 12, 2006

Civic Porn



Some countries have all the fun. Or some cities at least. Spain’s “El Mundo” daily reported last week that the City of Madrid’s administration, which happens to be run by the conservative Partido Popular, appropriated 8,000 Euros – about $14,000 – to a festival of pornography called “Pornolab.”


The poster the festival’s organizers are using to publicize the event riffs on World Cup fever and the Spanish team’s inability to score goals. It features a quote from present coach Luis Aragones who told the media some time ago, “Nobody should say we have problems sticking it in.”


That’s pretty good stuff. Here your $14,000 tax contribution gets you a cluster bomb to be used indiscriminately on some Iraqi child or, at least, another beat Cop.

The festival’s commercial tag line is “100 Percent Pigs.”

According to the article by Marta Arroyo, “the program includes activities with such suggestive titles as “Do it yourself,” “Tri-Devils,” a campaign in favor of the legalization of the [menage a trois], “Wax, knives and other painful pleasures,” “Robotica Erotica,” “We’re girls and we’re going to film a porno,” and “Deep throat workshop for boys and girls.”

The stated object of “Pornolab” is a serious one that attempts to, “question the validity of mainstream porno [there’s an oxymoron for ya], reconsider the possibility of individuals constructing a personal pornography beyond the industry, its interests, and myopias.”

(And you get to watch people have sex on film, too!)

The old Generalissimo Francisco Franco is spinning in his grave. The quiet cultural revolution unfolding under the aegis of Socialist President Jose Luis Zapatero continues apace. And it does so in the face of the same obstinate half of the country we are seeing across the democratic world where razor-thin elections are now the norm. In Spain, la gente de orden, or “people of order,” are still reeling from the government’s legalization of gay marriage a year ago.

The festival may seem excessive and off-point for a municipal administration with concrete problems, but that’s what happens when you repress and punish people for their private pleasures for decades, (centuries if you throw the inquisition in) you get the counter-reaction deserved.

The hedonists and hopheads of Spain know full well the emotional nose-tweaking they are delivering the good people of order and they also know it is well-deserved.

2 comments:

Jimmy Jazz said...

Thank you man, that was hilarius. I live in Madrid and i have to read your blog to see that wonderful poster of the festival. Interesting blog by the way.

the highway scribe said...

Lucky you living in Madrid. the scribe likes your blogs, too and thanks you for coming by, Jimmy Jazz.