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April 01, 2009

Child pornography

Could the present scourge of child pornography have reached epidemic proportions because we have ignored other aspects of sexual exploitation? (3/29, A-1, “Big gains in finding little victims”)

Author and sex-addiction expert Mark Laaser and others note the phenomenon of escalation with regard to pornographic material. A viewer who was once stimulated by “tame” material becomes bored with that material, needing more graphic or deviant material to reach previous arousal. Applied to the deviance of child porn, one has to wonder if we would be where we are if obscenity laws had been enforced over the last six decades.

Since 1953, when Playboy crawled out of the gutter and into the living room, the pattern of escalation toward more deviant material is undeniable. What will follow child pornography as this cycle continues?

Doug Burford
Mission


I wish the child porn sleuths would put as much emphasis on eliminating the access to this stuff on the Internet as they do finding and prosecuting the guys who produce, promote and download the images.

International law enforcement should put their efforts into getting worldwide cooperation to eliminate child porn on the Web, much like the Federal Communications Commission does to enforce proprietary and moral issues over the U.S. public airways.

Eliminate the child porn Web sites so there are none available for Internet users. This way there would be no cyberspace sources for child porn.

John Boyer
 Leavenworth

Comments

JayhawkinMO

Doug is a prude... Anyone who has toured Pompeii would be SHOCKED when the visited the bordellos and bath houses and saw the tiles walls. It's shocking that porn existed in the first century A.D. That's the reason Rome fell, of course...

Stifled Freedom

Does Doug know that porn existed long before 1953? I saw a History Channel documentary with old black & white movie of porn made in the early 1900s.

Stifled Freedom

First of all, I support efforts to prevent children from being exploited for pornography. However, Doug's methods are frighteningly archaic and reminiscent of the failed 1920s prohibition era. He probably believes in outlawing dancing too.

By his rationale, we should outlaw all porn to eliminate child porn. With that logic, since we seen a big bust in teen alcohol consumption just this week, we should go back to prohibition. Eliminate all legal sale of alcohol. And outlaw all tobacco too.

Let's be smart and give up the 1920s moral crusades as the failure that they have proven themselves to be.

As with many other things that adults use that are not appropriate for children, we can regulate them distinctly without flushing all the Constitutional rights of adults right down the drain with it. For Doug, desprite his declarations, its not about the children, its about regulating your lifestyle. That is really his hidden top priority.

Sex addiction is a myth. I do not believe in it at all. Sex is a natural instinctual urge that is built into all (or most) of us. The sex addiction myth was generated by religion nuts, in an unholy alliance with feminist prudes, as a political means to justify regulating morality and demonizing people who enjoy something that the crusaders cannot.

What's the matter Doug, have you eaten too many large pizzas with extra cheese and baby back ribs to be fit enough for sex yourself? Get a little overweight? That bloodpressue medication working against you?

The even sadder part of this is, like most of the moral crusaders, Doug probably has a secret porn stash of his own. This guys always turn out to be Jimmy Swaggarts and Elliot Spitzers.

Johns, idea is good in theory, but impractical. Most child porn comes from overseas where it is either not regulated or not considered a enforcement priority. I am not saying that is right, but it is the way it is.

T. Hanson

"Since 1953, when Playboy crawled out of the gutter and into the living room, the pattern of escalation toward more deviant material is undeniable. What will follow child pornography as this cycle continues?..."


So that means any guy that looked at a Playboy since 1953 is going to go after your children!

Then of course I doubt anyone would disagree with Mr. Boyer's letter. But there has been a surge of arrest in the sexual exploration of children on the international frounts. Which means that governments are getting more agressive on this type of behavor. If they weren't then you would hear nothing about arrest of these men/woman.

Marctnts

"Eliminate the child porn Web sites so there are none available for Internet users. This way there would be no cyberspace sources for child porn."

Wow, John seems to have a very warped sense of what is actually possible with regard to the web. I wonder if he thinks that there's a guy who turns it off every night.

 
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