So… I’m reading about pornography in South Korea.
Why am I doing this? It’s come to my attention that access to pretty much any smut on the internet over here is blocked, so like many other foreigners, I want to know why I can’t watch dirty videos at my leisure. If I try to access (for the sake of research) any well known porn sites, I am automatically redirected to a warning page that is keen to remind me that I should definitely be guilty about my body. I’ve tried most sites that I am “aware” of and none of them work.
A few days ago, USA Today published an interesting article on the little dudes who trawl the internet on a mission to clean it up. Obviously, they’re not actually cleaning it up so much as blocking sites from being seen. The role of nuri cop, as they are known here, is voluntary and involves sitting in front of a screen to watch hour upon hour of hardcore pornography. Now, I’m a man and no man can tell me in complete honesty that watching porn for hours on end, is not going to require a release of some kind. I’m just guessing that their office toilets must be awfully messy.
It’s easy to find smut on the Internet, but it’s difficult for me to watch […] It’s disgusting and it bothers me because the images I see linger in my head for so long.
It’s an interesting little insight into world of the devoutly obstructive, but I’m a little dubious about the actual motivations of people intent on stopping good folk from watching filth. Having said that, I am dubious about almost everybody’s motivations for almost everything they do.
Finally, does anyone care to hear about the reason for this ban? Well, the president of SK says that watching obscene material leads people to commit sex crimes. I’d like to see the data on that statistical correlation given that South Korea spent $526.76 per capita on pornography in 2006, technically making its people the world’s biggest consumers of smut.