Military Bans Porn

Military Bans Porn

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The Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996 keeps stores on military bases from selling “sexually explicit” material.  However, it was challenged in 2002. Pentagon lawyers determined that that totality of these magazine’s sexually explicit content came out to about 40%, the remaining 60% being writing or advertisements, therefore the majority of content was not sexually explicit.

Some publications have stated the decision to remove these magazine is based on sales, and they simply wish to replace them with products that will sell better. Other publications claim the military fell under pressure by the organization Morality in Media. The organization claims there is a relationship between sexual assault and the availability of  sexually explicit material. This, however, is a big concern for some since it is considered to be a violation of  first amendment rights.

What I think…

Banning magazines from stores may not seem like a big deal in the short run. I mean, there is always the internet. However, if they can ban magazines then it’s safe to assume they could attempt to “protect” bases from sexually explicit material on the internet as well, which Morality in Media has already been accused of advocating.

Also, I do not feel like sexual assault is a cause or provoked by the availability of nude magazines.

What do you think?

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Military Bans Porn

  1. dude_piston says:

    What a poor move… Forcing people that are already under pressure to think more work related than they already do is a really bad thing… People aren’t neuters… They will either turn aggressive or gay through actions like this… It seems that everywhere people that are in control are going nuts with their wishes for efficiency.

  2. R Sim says:

    I sincerely hope that Chanel Preston ends up reading this, and I’d like compliment her as a beautiful, graceful sexy, intelligent woman.

    Having spent over 10 years in the more ‘extreme’ branch of the US military ( United States Marine Corps) it is not surprising that the military as a whole continues to make more petty, stupid and absurd regulations- some just made for the sake of making regulations with no thought that they will do nothing to stop natural human behavior!

    The whole issue of sex, and sexual relations within the military is a very politically charged topic, and with the influx of more females it is bound to create more controversy. When I first enlisted in the early 90’s we could buy porn mags at the PX as a sinful pleasure, and banning them is more of a SUPERFICIAL GRANDSTANDING act that does nothing to address the problems of sexual assault and abuse. If anything, if you deny Marines ( or soldiers) too many things that civilians enjoy, very few will end up re enlisting( the USMC has the worst retention rate of all the services.)

    Having been to Iraq, the surefire way to cut down on sexual assault would be for the military to adopt a more progressive and open attitude. If you paid prostitutes to deploy to Iraq and provide their unique form of ‘comfort’ to soldiers in a clean, regulated and sanitary manner ( the soldier would pay of course) that is a far better approach than simply banning everything and threatening all forms of punishment.

    As a a former Officer I understand fully the meaning of good order and discipline, and agree that certain rules are appropriate governing adultery, affairs and relations between different ranks. But in an environment where men outnumber women 10 to one ( at least)you must give the men SOME outlet- it is very unrealistic that they will become chaste celibate puritans.

    Attempting to ban sex in the barracks, overly punitive and restrictive liberty practices ( liberty buddies, mass punishments for units where one person did something wrong etc) are just stupid overreactions attempting to regulate human issues that essentially cannot be regulated.

    Just be grateful for the fact that porn stars have the freedom to indulge in exploring their erotic boundaries, because a lot of those freedoms are taken away from you if you ever sign a military contract.

    Thank you for allowing me to express my thoughts, and I compliment Ms Preston on her mature and intelligent approach to the subject.

    • Chanel Preston says:

      Thank you so much for your response. I’m happy to hear from someone with an inside perspective. I agree with you, and I hope to see the military, and society in general, take a more effective approach towards reducing sexual misconduct. Thank you for your wonderful compliments as well :-*

      • R Sim says:

        Its exciting to get a reply, hopefully from the real Chanel Preston, but I’m sure her life is incredibly busy.

        Let me just say that in your chosen profession it must be difficult to maintain any real privacy, but a picture of you (with clothes on) can always brighten an otherwise monotonous day.

        Keep forging ahead and be true to yourself- you are one of the planets most beautiful women!

  3. Stephen says:

    The idea that porn encourages sexual assault falls down at the first hurdle. Look at the places in the world with the highest regularity of rape (Afghanistan, India, Nigeria). Look at the demographics who have the highest percentage of rapists (Clergy and incarcerated). What do theyn have in common? Hardly any access to sex or porn.
    Now this is correlation and not necessarily causation but knowing men and being one I can tell you that we think about sex a lot and after prolonged time without any kind of outlet we can get weird. It’s not mentally healthy.
    Banning porn will probably make these soldiers more likely to commit sexual assault. At least in my opinion.

    • Chanel Preston says:

      Absolutely! Many experts claim that when sexual desires are repressed they can emerge in unfavorable and sometimes extreme ways.

  4. Mike Bigwood says:

    Hmmm awful that the old generals with erection problems should punish the soldiers with banning morale boosters, maybe horny bill clinton can solve this problem?

  5. Angela says:

    It’s okay for fellow soldiers to rape someone, but it’s not okay to view porn. Hmmm…

  6. J. P. Tabua says:

    I read the headline: “Military bans porn” and I couldn’t help but envision myself as a wounded soldier on the battlefield, about to die, and all I’ve got to look down at, before I’m swept up to the Holy domain, is the gun in my hands. I think of this happening to me, and I would prefer a naked woman’s body over a firearm.

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