About suspended teacher Kevin Hogan. (I guess Michael Lucas wasn’t available? Maybe if Kevin Hogan had been Muslim.)
The problem is that whenever pornography is debated publicly, statements of self-evident truth gather like clouds and obscure reason. And in the case of Kevin Hogan, who was recently suspended from his teaching job at Massachusetts’s Mystic Valley Regional Charter School for his gay porn past, these obscuring clouds all but completely blot out the light.
Statements are like clouds? I love clouds!
This part is sort of weird:
Earlier this year, Sean Loftis, a gay porn performer and producer, found himself in similar circumstances, and was fired from his job as a substitute teacher in a Miami Beach middle school. He also concealed his work in porn. On gay porn blog The Sword, he defended his secrecy, echoing his accusers’ arguments of self-evidence…
Uhhh, not really a “similar circumstance” at all, considering Sean Loftis (Collin O’Neal) was concurrently working in and producing pornography while he was a substitute teacher. And, more importantly, there is the fact that the media did not ambush Sean Loftis. Rather, it was Sean Loftis who ambushed the media when, after he was put on suspension, he took his story to the awful Miami New Times and CNN’s Dr. Drew show. But, whatever(?!).
Conner’s main point is an important one:
The line between porn consumer and performer should not be so stark; it is only so because we still hide away our sexual feelings. Being open is part of being honest.
As the world changes, our rights — no matter how self-evident we think they are — begin to change as well. The firing of Kevin Hogan would be a shared responsibility. It should not happen, but unless we begin to talk openly about pornography and sex, we’ll never really understand why that is, or even why we feel the way we do. If no work is done to clear away deeply-held but clouded and unclear assumptions, we’ll continue to feel uncomfortable when someone else shines a light on us.
Absolutely. But, the irony that a call for openness about pornography being published in The Advocate isn’t lost on me. This is the same Advocate that is owned by Paul Colichman, who delicately and deliberately distanced himself from the pornographic magazines (Unzipped, Men, and Freshmen) he purchased (which came bundled with Advocate and Out) in 2008 before methodically dismantling them into non-existence, one by one by one. I worked for Colichman during the time he shut down his adult magazines, and while I stayed on until the very end, I had the demoralizing displeasure of watching co-workers, friends, and talented colleagues lose their jobs, one by one by one.
Publishing articulate essays that encourage being open about pornography and openly publishing actual pornography are two very different things, of course, and the former comes with no risk or shame for Colichman, while at the same time making his mainstream magazines appear to be porn-friendly, sex-positive venues. This is not to say that the Advocate and Out editors are hypocrites every time they write an article in support of porn. It’s to say that their boss is.