There is tons of research that states pornography is detrimental to our society and as far as I know, no research that says it’s good for us. I’m not saying this as some kind of religious zealot I just think if research is showing the terrible harm it does to our country then it should be outlawed. If the research showed pornography helped society then that would be something else. Instead research (and just good old common sense) tells us that pornography is a contributor to: child abuse/rape, disrespect of women, domestic violence, rape, etc. If I were to prioritize things I’d outlaw alcohol and pornography before I’d outlaw marijuana (by the way I don’t smoke it) because they’re way more harmful to society. Don’t get upset about my marijuana comment I’m just trying to make a point.
When I was growing up the only way kids could look at naked women (at least semi-naked) was in National Geographic. Of course not being like other kids I looked at National Geographic for the articles! But then magazines like Hustler and Playboy came
along and kids could sneak a peek at them because the magazines were displayed in the aisle not behind the cashier.
Access to pornography is completely different now. Anyone can go to Yahoo and type in “Porn Videos” and you become two clicks away from watching all the free porn you want. It will probably shock you to find there are around 23,000,000 links to porn sites. This doesn’t mean there are this many porn companies it’s just that these companies have become creative in twisting lettering around which allows them different websites. For example a
company might have website names like: pornhub, gotporn, porncentral, etc. You can also type in “Nude Women” on Yahoo and look at thousands of nude pictures.
I was a church-going teenager but I’m pretty sure I would’ve looked at porn sites if they were available. A teenage boy can be 99% good but I know where the 1% is spent. I think it would be very naïve of us to think our children wouldn’t do something like this. If you think back to those days when you were a teenager what would you do if porn was in your room and right at your fingertips?
There are a couple of things we can do to improve this situation. First of all, if you agree with me that pornography should be outlawed then let your federal and state representatives know that regardless of what the Supreme Court said regarding freedom of speech, our rights trump it.
The Bill of Rights certainly don’t allow a citizen to do anything he or she wants. The Bill doesn’t because our forefathers knew we had to make individual
sacrifices to protect society as a whole. In a later section I provide an easy way to contact your legislators. Feel free to use/modify any part of this section if you’d like to include it in the email you send to your representative(s).
The Supreme Court is way off in this matter. We certainly can’t yell “fire” in a movie theater or scream vulgarities in public or we’ll be arrested. We can’t smoke in public because it negatively affects other people, we can’t have sex with a woman and give her money even though it’s consensual, we can’t do drugs in our own homes, etc. So these things alone show we can invade someone’s individual rights to protect our society as a whole. We need to tell the Supreme Court know they can’t have it both ways; pornography should be given the same litmus test as everything else.
There are some good ways to protect our children from pornographic sites and anything else we don’t want them seeing. Go to Google and type: “Parental monitoring” or “Parental Internet Control.” We’ll find a lot of companies providing the protection we need. One of my favorites is Spectorsoft. Besides blocking bad sites, it gives you a report that shows what websites our children have been accessing, what type of internet searches they were performing, what their chatting about, etc. It can also forward your child’s emails (incoming and outgoing) to your computer. If you go to the website www.spectorsoft.com and watch their short video, you’ll be amazed.
You can also use internet controls that are already on their computer to filter out bad content. If you go to the internet icon on your desktop and right click on it, you’ll see properties at the bottom. Select properties then a box will come up with various tabs like General, Security, Privacy, Content, etc. Select“Content” followed by “Parental Controls.” The program will have you create an Administrator (it’s just another username) on their computer that will be password protected; and then you’ll move forward in setting controls you would like to have in place. If you do set up an Administrator on your child’s computer make sure you don’t create a password they can figure out because with this particular program they'll see you have parental access. The program on their computer will certainly work but I’d recommend using software like Spectorsoft’s because of its comprehensive utilities (by the way I don’t have stock in their company!). The software cost
around $100 and I believe it would be one of the best investments you ever make.