He then started talking about the classes they offered, and guess, according to him, what was new and “hot, hot, hot” on their list? The MTV choreography type class, evidently! Just like at the other gym. He started in this eager and excited tone telling me that they had this big novelty dance class, “…just like what you see on MTV! You know, Madonna!” and he gabbled off the names of other performers I detest and despise, that is, the ones I even recognized, given how often I watch MTV. He thought he would score big points there and that I would say, “Wow! I wasn’t too interested before, but now with this dance class, I’m really interested in joining!” Instead, I said dryly that MTV was a bunch of trash. He quickly understood he was going in the wrong selling direction. As swiftly and smooth-mannered as if he were the manager at a Cartier store, he changed gears, “ I have reason to believe you will not like this dance class. Shall I tell you about our fun ‘step’ class then?”

Who has normalized vulgarity to the point that it is no longer part of the cultural dictionary of a considerable part of the population? That is a very interesting question. The answer to this question intersects with the answer to our previous question, “Why did anti-porn feminists profoundly lose their anti-porn battle?”

A society that has erased from its collective conscience the ability to discern what is vulgarity is an enormously violent society, in the social, the emotional, the psychological, and the sexual spheres, and all of their respective intersections.

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