(disclaimer: these are only generalizations, and are my opinion only, backed up by no research whatsoever other than my own observations and extrapolation, so don't come whining to me about how that's not you. You're right. It's not you. You're completely different. I know, I know.)
One marked difference I have noticed between people who consider themselves 'liberal' and people who consider themselves 'conservative' concerns the definition of pornography. Liberals traditionally are more laissez-faire about sex, while conservatives seem to be more easy-going about death.
As a liberal, I object much more strenuously to a shoot-'em-up movie than I do to a movie with two people enjoying themselves together. My young children are allowed to watch neither, but they don't watch movies with sex because it's developmentally inappropriate, not because sex is inherently bad. To my way of thinking, though (I know - call me crazy), killing is inherently bad. There is nothing 'family values' to me about a movie with random killing in it. Yet Republicans champion Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made his not-inconsiderable fortune making grotesquely violent movies, and on the back of that 'success', propelled himself into the Governor's office. He's always on about 'family values' and chiding the Democrats for not having any. Yet mowing down hordes of people with machine-gun fire is perfectly OK. Why? Because you're only shooting at 'bad guys'? Well, who decides who the 'bad guys' are? Are they commies? Indians? Japs? Drug dealers? Mafia? Aliens? Evil scientists? Gang-bangers? Androids? Perverts? As long as they 'deserve to die', it's fine to kill 'em. Yay. Goodness wins, badness loses. One problem that comes to mind, though, is - what happens if you and I become 'bad guys'?
To me, the really horrible part of it is how people (children especially) are desensitized to violence by being inundated with faux-violence - that is, violence without consequences. You get the neuron rush, the high that comes with violence, without the result of that violence - no pain, no blood, no guilt, no anguish. What's scary is that violence isn't scary. If your big brother hits you too hard, you howl and cry. But let someone on TV blow a drug-dealer's head off, and it's cool.
We see the results of this twisted thinking in front of us, thanks to the Kowboy Koward of Krawford. I don't think he or the rest of his neo-con chickenhawk puppetmeisters grasp the concept that these are real, flesh-and-blood human beings who are dying by the thousands every day. Remember the song 'One Tin Soldier'? It seems that the KKofK thinks of the military as his personal tin soldiers, to play with and make fight with each other, with cool accompanying sound effects (Pow! Doozh! RRrrroar!! Take that!! Augh! You got me!!) then leave lying in the dirt when it's nap-time.
But sex, on the other hand, is the high road to hell. I'm not mad at Clinton for lying about a blow job, because he was illegally put into a position that no one had a right to put him in. The 'Troopergate' article that spawned the Paula Jones debacle was a fraud, so any investigation arising out of that is of necessity fraudulent. What I'm mad at Clinton about was the Telecommunications Act of 1996. That has contributed to the demise of the media, and I'm pissed as hell about that. But a consensual act between two people that was nobody else's business? Please. Grow up. These people go into conniptions over 'Desperate Housewives', or Spongebob Squarepants, for God's sake. I wonder what they'd say if they were shown a video of two people having sex, then find out that they're married to each other, were in their own home and were virgins on their wedding day. Would that still be pornography? Why?
And then you find that the people who are the most rigid and repressed about sex are the ones who become child molesters or are in the grip of other perversions. Catholic priests come to mind (I'm Catholic). Human beings who are unable to express their sexuality naturally become twisted. I believe in monogamy because it's good for me and my husband emotionally, not because I'll go to hell if I'm not monogamous. What children you must be if you have to be shamed and punished into doing the right thing.
It's time to get a grip on what real pornography is. What's really offensive. What real 'family values' are. As far as I'm concerned, two people enjoying each other is not pornography. People killing each other is.