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One Halloween, my gorgeous, outrageous and tremendous niece had a very original costume idea.  She dressed as a fluffer.  Don’t know what a fluffer is?  Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

A fluffer is a hired member of the crew of a pornographic movie whose role on the set is to sexually arouse the male participants prior to the filming of scenes requiring erections. The term was also extended to include female participants.

You can also check out Urban Dictionary’s definition, but you get the idea.  I won’t bother to describe my niece’s costume but I will say that it did not leave any doubt about who she was supposed to be, did not expose a lot of skin and was hilarious.  So, with the addition of some pictures – which I have but won’t post without her permission – this would have been a perfectly adequate note.  But my niece’s costume, per se, is not why I’m posting.

 

While looking over the Halloween pictures my niece sent me, I was therefore naturally thinking about fluffers and their role in the production of porn when it suddenly occurred to me that there are political fluffers, too.  They’re the ones who keep the population ready for the next big scene.  In today’s political arena, those who continually bleat about the threat to America from those “not-white not-christian homuhsekshuwal terrorist immigrants” are simply nothing more than FEAR FLUFFERS (a term which I am now copyrighting©, BTW). Their job is to keep the general population worked up and afraid so that they’ll be receptive to the “We can protect you if you let us do what we want” message that’s being forced on them.  You can even pick a receptive orifice to complete the analogy, if you want.  Simply put, without the Fear Fluffers©, the politicians might not get (re)elected; the movie might not get made.

 

BTW, in the process of writing this, I looked up the word “pornography” simply because it’s one of those words that while “everybody knows what it means”, I couldn’t ever recall reading an actual definition.  What was fascinating to me was the etiology of the word.  It comes from the Greek pornographos meaning “(one) writing of prostitutes”.  Utilizing that original meaning, then, most political reporting today could quite possibly be called pornography.

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Comment by Dave Kelly on July 15, 2012 at 12:55am

As our language, English, is a live language, it is ever changing. While the word pornography  means sexual stimulation, is slang child, porn, has become  a word meaning stimulation when use in such phrases as 'Fish Porn' or 'Food Porn'.

Indeed, a picture of a hundred pound Tarpon will get me more stimulated than a 30  minute movie of Jenna Jackson. And the only stiff rod you'll see is my fishing rod as I head out for the water. :)

So now we have a new buzz phrase, 'News Porn' by a 'News Pimp'.

Comment by Maryanne Mesple on July 14, 2012 at 10:35pm

Can't use your now copyrighted word but as I read this I could only think that you condensed the job description of the political pundit who is described as per Wiki thus: "A pundit is someone who offers to mass media his or her opinion or commentary on a particular subject area (most typically political analysis, the social sciences or sport) on which they are usually knowledgeable (or can at least appear to be knowledgeable). The term has been increasingly applied to popular media personalities.[1] In certain cases, it may be used in a derogatory manner as well, as the political equivalent of "ideologue."  I feel we have far too many fear mongering media prostitutes who specialize in your copyrighted word.

and this all boils down to the spreading of and the fueling of fear(s) to control the mind that is too fearful to think for itself ....

Comment by wiffledust on July 13, 2012 at 9:55pm

thanks, jami! i think this is important! there's alot of fear in the air these days. and not enough understanding of the word pornography! :-)

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