Do readers have to worry about a war on porn?
Reading is freedom.
You can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything…if you have a book.
In a grey area, I will tend to be on the side of greater freedom of expression.
I want people to be able to march and speak in support of ideas I find absolutely antithetical to my personal morality…there are things I support that would have gotten people thrown into prison or tortured for supporting a century or more ago.
When there was a concerted effort to suppress comic books, as well documented in
there were people who thought it served public morality to keep comics away from children. There were literally public bonfires to burn them. It’s one reason why some older comics are so valuable today.
Certainly, there were people who classified them the way that some people classify pornography today.
I’m talking, at this point, about legal, consensual, adults only participating explicitly sexual material. Not coerced, not children, nothing like that.
That’s why it is chilling to me when I see efforts to suppress pornography.
Lately, there have been stepped up efforts in that area.
One of the political parties recently said that pornography was a public health crisis. During a public health crisis of certain kinds, people can be involuntarily quarantined. It’s a powerful terminology, not just a literary review.
Starbucks and McDonalds are talking about blocking pornography on their Wi-Fi networks that customers use in the stores.
Now, understand: that doesn’t mean that I want a child being able to see porn on someone’s tablet. You should have to keep it not visible (or audible) to other patrons…and I think that’s true regardless of what you are watching. A lot of parents don’t want their kids watching violent content. The same could be said for some political material. There are privacy screens you can put on a monitor, which makes it virtually invisible to people not directly behind it…we used that in medical areas where I work to protect patients’ medical information.
That’s where some people might right away see a divide. Pornography doesn’t typically refer to the written word, it usually means something visual. However, there is no reason why it can’t, and books have been banned or restricted because of their words.
I know some people probably think I’m a prude. I don’t write the word d*mn in this blog without the asterisk…and I don’t use language like that in my real life either. I don’t have a problem quoting someone else who has used it. I don’t have a problem with reading sexually explicit content, although I like to know it will be in the book. That’s why I warn people…it should be up to you if you read it.
Not up to a store or a political party.
That’s my opinion, but what do you think? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
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