"It is coercive sex which is offensive, which is of course a form of violence."
Well, apparently that depend on the mood of the day. Not so long ago the up-in-arms was about the so-called 'soft-porn' in the CouchDB presentation.
Or maybe in some circle sexy model in lingerie are considered 'coercive sex' ?
"You seem to be repeating the unfortunately popular social convention that sex is offensive while violence is not"
Bruce, you are a US citizen, presumably you do watch on occasion US TV... how can you with a straight face that say it is a 'popular social convention' when it is the 'Law' of the land.
Do you know of many places where the Congress go in extraordinary session to address a a sub-second nipple-showing-episode on TV (aka the 'wardrobe malfunction' of Superbowl 38 )
My favorite illustration of this insanity is the movie The Shining. When aired on TV in the US, there is a scene where Jack Nicholson enter a bathroom where a woman is taking a shower. She is nude - as people rarely take shower with their clothe on- and the picture is blurred by censors... but then she step out of the tub, hug Jack and turn to a zombie-like monster... at that very moment the picture become crystal clear: a nude female body need to be hidden from view for fear of traumatizing our children, but a skeleton with flesh dripping from it, that's ok for the kids.
On TV, in the US, the only time you'll see a nude female body is a dead one, with her entrails open on an autopsy table (see CSI) point in case that it is indeed sex and not violence that is censored.
I may be unfortunate, but it is a very real state of affair and not a 'popular' myth.