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Not Dandy Eye Candy, Porn is Fast and Forlorn
Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Marvin Olasky

Posted on 05/14/2014 10:36:31 AM PDT by Kaslin

Thirty years ago Congress passed protective measures regarding pornography. On May 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Child Protection Act, which was supposed to protect persons younger than 18 from exploitation by pornographers. (Other measures were designed to keep those under 18 from accessing pornography.) Two months later President Reagan signed into law the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, designed to keep persons below age 21 from purchasing alcoholic beverages.

Now, visualize this scene: Herbie, 13, walks into his local tavern and asks for a vodka martini—shaken, not stirred. Tex the barkeep asks, “Are you at least 21 years old?” Herbie says, “Sure.” Tex serves him. As he sips, Herbie pulls out his iPhone and watches a pornographic scene. I suspect most of you know what’s wrong with that picture: In all 50 states Herbie would not get his martini. Tex or anyone else would card him, demanding a driver’s license or other official proof that Herbie is at least 21. But the porn? No one would interfere.

The poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971) wrote, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.” Today, I’d add another line with a different rhyme scheme: “Porn’s even faster but it leaves you forlorn.” I won’t go into detail here, but relatively few porn sites electronically card users. Some require use of a credit card to access much of their content, but even they are like bars at which persons of any age can get drunk.

And yet, pornography is a huge problem not only among adults but among children and teenagers as well. If you’re sending your very well-mannered children to college and the dorm Wi-Fi has no filtering mechanism, they are likely to be exposed early and often to hard-core porn—and some become addicted. Even if it does have a filter, your son and perhaps your daughter will probably see porn at some point.

Why the difference between alcohol and pornography, both products that sideswipe many teens? Thirty years ago President Reagan at the signing ceremony said he would appoint a commission to investigate pornography, and he did. Attorney General Ed Meese headed it up, citizens including James Dobson served on it—and the press ridiculed its serious conclusions. The U.S. Supreme Court also failed to take pornography seriously enough to change the almost-anything-goes attitude it had pioneered during the 1960s.

Now, as the group Enough Is Enough reports, porn makes up more than one-third of the internet industry and earns its purveyors more than $3,000 per second. Porn sites get more visitors each month than Twitter, Netflix, and Amazon combined. Most teens view pornography online, and one survey of 16- to 20-year-olds found nearly one out of four young men and one out of 10 young women admitting they tried to kick the habit but could not. Many young men expect dates and wives to perform as do actresses in the 11,000 porn films shot each year.

Need other dire stats? Witherspoon Institute conference research (proceedings published as “The Social Costs of Pornography”) showed that two-thirds of 18-to-34-year-old men visit porn sites regularly. (My hunch is that many of them go to church less often in part because they marry less often, and they marry less often in part because they access pornography more often.) Many men find it harder to relate to real women. Most divorces involve one partner compulsively using pornography.

Does this evidence mean legislators should act? Here’s the problem: A push to restrict pornography can play into the hands of those who hate Christian truth-telling. Now that influential atheists and secularists hope to restrict evangelistic efforts, our legal protection is the First Amendment proclamation of freedom for religion, speech, and the press—but since pornographers also rely on that amendment (as mistakenly interpreted), limits on it will rain on the innocent as well as the guilty.

A hard truth: Christians are a minority in America, and minorities should oppose increases in majoritarian power. A hard question: If we now should be quiescent on one issue to lessen the likelihood of a spillover to another, what hope do we have for constructive change? Not much, except what Christians have learned throughout the ages: Our hope is in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He changes hearts and viewing patterns.


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1 posted on 05/14/2014 10:36:31 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
If you’re sending your very well-mannered children to college and the dorm Wi-Fi has no filtering mechanism, they are likely to be exposed early and often to hard-core porn—and some become addicted.

A pretty silly remark. Anybody who hasn't been exposed to porn long before he goes off the college hasn't tried to access it.

Why should he start doing so simply because he's at college?

2 posted on 05/14/2014 10:40:32 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Kaslin

Porn actors are basically paid to have sex in public. How is this different than prostitution? Well, Congress calls it “free speech”.


3 posted on 05/14/2014 10:42:17 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Sherman Logan

I think the author’s point is not that an 18 year old has never seen porn, but in an unfiltered environment, with unfettered access, and others doing so without supervision 24 hrs. per day....the odds of developing an addiction are infinitely higher.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 10:42:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

I’m no libertarian, but I can’t think of any way short of shutting down the Internet that would be an effective way to prevent porno access from those of any age who seek it.

For my own children, they must get permission for each and every web site they go to. No private email. CERTAINLY no social media.


5 posted on 05/14/2014 10:44:13 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
Now, as the group Enough Is Enough reports, porn makes up more than one-third of the internet industry

Possible. However, it should be noted that traditional porn sites are dying, due to competition from free porn sites similar to Youtube.

and earns its purveyors more than $3,000 per second.

Again, quite possibly true. But the biggest effect of the interwebs on porn has been to kill off the middleman.

Instead of a "porn king" getting rich off exploited women, the norm is more often a women entrepeneur selling her "services" directly to the consumers, via private shows and such.

6 posted on 05/14/2014 10:44:15 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Kaslin

The porn industry is heavily invested in keeping age verification out of the Internet.

It’s tantamount to giving beer to 13 year-olds and defending it by saying “I couldn’t card him because he couldn’t show me an ID”.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 10:45:10 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Kaslin
The poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971) wrote, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.

To which I respond: Liquor? I barely know her...

8 posted on 05/14/2014 10:47:27 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Prostitution the original exercise in free enterprise and supply and demand!


9 posted on 05/14/2014 10:49:57 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Telepathic Intruder

It’s a State issue pretty much. Some States say it is, some say it isn’t. State lines usually aren’t crossed so that won’t involve Fed Law.

What upsets me the most about COPA was that it COULD have been written to not be over-broad and survive constitutional challenges. But, worrying more about impressing constituents than doing anything tl help them, the morons we elect passed a law so braod that a First year Law Student would know it was unconstitutional.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 10:54:34 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin

Clinton and Janet Reno deliberately halted Justice Department activities to enforce pornography laws.

The pornography explosion began under Janet Reno, not only because of the technology expansion of the internet, but because the feds deliberately did not target pornographers.

The alcohol comparison is a good one, by the way. Pornography damages people and marriages and families.


11 posted on 05/14/2014 11:01:05 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Dr. Sivana

You are a great parent who cares


12 posted on 05/14/2014 11:01:25 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Here’s another catchy phrase that works for more than just “porn”...

“World proof your kids as there is no way to kid proof the World.”


13 posted on 05/14/2014 11:01:58 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tri nornar eg bir. Binde til rota...)
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To: Kaslin

“Porn addiction” is a feminist phrase concocted by women who have spent 0% of their time trying to understand just how much a young man likes and dsires sex.

Hint: They like it a lot.

It’s like saying that a runner has water addiction and a shoe fetish.


14 posted on 05/14/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Telepathic Intruder

How is politics any different from prostitution ?? With the exception that you’re generally not satisfied, when a POLITICIAN screws you. . . . (evil grin)


15 posted on 05/14/2014 11:07:06 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Noamie

Decades ago, as a young teen, the only thing a newsstand guy cared about when I wanted to buy a copy of Playboy was whether I had money to pay for it.


16 posted on 05/14/2014 11:08:19 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Kaslin

When I was a teenager you had to rely on the “Porn Fairy” leaving magazines in the bushes.


17 posted on 05/14/2014 11:10:47 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

It’s sure a far cry from my youth, where if you wanted to access porn you had to bribe somebody’s drunken uncle to travel downtown to the red light district and bring you back a couple of magazines an a brown paper bag.


18 posted on 05/14/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

My guess is that if the truth were known, porn is the underlying problem that caused the fairly recent increase in ED.

It’s also the likely reason that the young nowadays see nothing wrong with depravity like homosexuality. If they’re looking at depravity all day every day, they become sheeplized and indoctrinated.


19 posted on 05/14/2014 11:14:27 AM PDT by afsnco
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/mark


20 posted on 05/14/2014 11:25:53 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Kaslin

“I cannot define porn but I know it when I SEE it”: - Direct quote from some dippy Congressman. ;-)


21 posted on 05/14/2014 11:33:03 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Kaslin
“Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.”

"You can get all your liquor down in Costa Rica.
Ain't nobody's business but my own."

22 posted on 05/14/2014 11:33:16 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Only Liberals can look at an amendment that says "shall not be infringed" and see blank parchment.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
It’s sure a far cry from my youth, where if you wanted to access porn you had to bribe somebody’s drunken uncle to travel downtown to the red light district and bring you back a couple of magazines an a brown paper bag.

In my youth, we had a sleazy local convenience store that had these black and white tabloid size newspapers that had pictures on the front page with a couple of strategically placed stars on the top of the figure.
23 posted on 05/14/2014 11:36:49 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Justice Potter Stewart———not a Congressman.

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24 posted on 05/14/2014 11:37:52 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Noamie

Not quite.

However, when you bring up “romance” novels, you will see the claws come up.

Romance novels are porn just as much as Playboy.


25 posted on 05/14/2014 11:47:26 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Noamie

I think you’re on to something. I don’t watch porn(not because it isn’t attractive) because of Biblical injunctions against inciting lust. I hear from Christian stations everyday about porn addictions and how they are destroying marriages and ministries. But is there a scintilla of truth is the assertion that married women who are not fulfilling their marital vows are feeding the growing porn problem? Normal men are Babe-a-Centric(as opposed to homophobic) and look for sexual fulfillment from their spouses.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 11:57:15 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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27 posted on 05/14/2014 11:58:42 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Telepathic Intruder

I have seen prostitutes, and I have seen guys that solicit prostitutes, but I have never seen them having sex in public.


29 posted on 05/14/2014 12:04:31 PM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: redhawk.44mag

Anyone who thinks porn is okay for kids, is someone who should be locked up away from society


30 posted on 05/14/2014 12:04:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

It is prostitution


31 posted on 05/14/2014 12:05:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Sherman Logan

There is a lot of porn, soft maybe, on Youtube, Tons


32 posted on 05/14/2014 12:06:42 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

I agree it’s not ok, but I also do not think it will ruin well-mannered college kids.


33 posted on 05/14/2014 12:09:33 PM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: Sherman Logan

I agree

I’ve seen plenty over the years

Most demeaning as a rule

I’m hardly addicted

I much prefer Wifey

My Wifey...not the overbite super buxom one on the internet

Is she still around?


34 posted on 05/14/2014 12:11:13 PM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: Dr. Sivana

He who controls the router controls what comes into the house.


35 posted on 05/14/2014 12:19:47 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: RIghtwardHo

Calling it “free speech” makes it a federal issue. But the problem is that it’s not really free speech.


36 posted on 05/14/2014 12:22:51 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: redhawk.44mag

“I have seen prostitutes”

How much did it cost? ;)


37 posted on 05/14/2014 12:22:56 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: 2nd Amendment

“that married women who are not fulfilling their marital vows”

You know my wife unit?


38 posted on 05/14/2014 12:24:01 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

all my innocence...and then some


39 posted on 05/14/2014 12:26:12 PM PDT by redhawk.44mag
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To: 2nd Amendment

A wife who refuses to let him eat in his own home should not be upset if he goes to a restaurant now and then.


40 posted on 05/14/2014 12:44:39 PM PDT by dagogo redux
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To: Kaslin
Most divorces involve one partner compulsively using pornography.

So many lies, so little time.

41 posted on 05/14/2014 12:56:53 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Kaslin

$3000.00 per second? Man, am I in the wrong business.


42 posted on 05/14/2014 1:04:51 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: 2nd Amendment

I have a close friend who can be coarse - but he’s honest.

He admitted one day on the boat that if it weren’t for porn he would probably be a serial adulterer. He said it saves his marriage.

So.... I guess there is that angle, too.


43 posted on 05/14/2014 1:26:44 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: Kaslin

My wife would not like it if I were looking at porn, but we watch the HBO show, Game of Thrones together and - honestly - in my wildest dreams I wouldn’t go to a porn site showing 90% of the porn sickness that that “show” airs.

So, that television show is giving porn a run for its money in my opinion and therein lies the bigger problem. Maybe.


44 posted on 05/14/2014 1:35:52 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: redhawk.44mag; Admin Moderator

Redhawk thinks watching porn won’t hurt children.

Please do your duty.


45 posted on 05/14/2014 1:37:50 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Pornography harms individuals, marriages and thus families, and most of all, children and young people. It's the truth.


46 posted on 05/14/2014 1:41:12 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Dead Corpse

I may have to steal that line, I need a better tag line.


47 posted on 05/14/2014 1:45:10 PM PDT by rightly_dividing ("Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin)
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To: redhawk.44mag
I have seen prostitutes, and I have seen guys that solicit prostitutes...

You must watch a lot of C-SPAN.

48 posted on 05/14/2014 1:46:51 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: jimt

I sympathize with the author’s concerns, but this article is embarrassingly simplistic. The author confuses pornography with obscenity, assumes correlation is the same as causation, and, I may be wrong about this, seems to pine for a situation in which a “minority” (his word) of which he is a member could enjoy certain constitutional protections to a degree greater than, presumably, a majority. I always thought this was a libtard strategy.
Unfortunately, the government has abandoned enforcement of laws against obscenity. Its sole focus now seems to be on child pornography (which like obscenity has no constitutional protection). Just in the nature of how things seem to go, I fear that if laws against obscenity are not enforced, pedophiles will become increasingly vocal in insisting that they have a “right” to view child pornography, essentially attacking the established legal standard that pornography involving minors is in itself obscene. You know, incrementally, which is now way too fast for me.


49 posted on 05/14/2014 1:48:31 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: rightly_dividing

Please feel free to do so. I thought I’d come up with it, until I found it out amongst the Intarwebs.

Minds think alike I guess. :-)


50 posted on 05/14/2014 1:48:48 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tri nornar eg bir. Binde til rota...)
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