Celebrity Insta-bitionists can't stop accosting us with their sexuality
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Most mornings when I wake up, I reach over to my nightstand, and crack my laptop open to see how much further civilization has fallen during the hours in which I was visiting the Land of Nod. Inevitably, I’m greeted by heaving bosoms, pert derrieres, and acres of over-filtered, body-buttered, Botoxed flesh. I know what you’re thinking: “You fell asleep watching Pornhub again.”
Sorry, cynics. My wife doesn’t permit me to watch porn – she doesn’t want me getting any big ideas. And this isn’t traditional porn of the stiffened-giblets, glistening-nodules variety that Tom Wolfe referred to when describing one-handed magazines. (Now nearly extinct, but which have been replaced by roughly half the internet.) This is vanity porn. As in celebutantes and actresses and famous-for-being-famous exhibitionists - almost always over 40, most often over 50, and sometimes over 60 - frolicking about bikini’ed or scantily-clad or even tastefully birthday-suited, displaying their wares on social media to fish for compliments from strangers with handles like “UGoGrrrrl” and “HairyPalms,” who gush that they’re still pretty, and witty, and relevant.