Listen to Erathoniel ranting on and on in good ol' conservative Christian fashion.

I struggled with pornography for a long time. It was something I hated, and something I wished it was near-impossible to find. But just how hard is it to find porn?

Not. Despite the fact that it should be behind an age-gate, many sources of porn run it behind no protection, or minimal. One site is incompatible with firefox, so porn can be accessed without any age-verification.

And age verification? "Are you 18?". That's all. There are a few sites I've visited with full age-gates, but about eighty percent of those I ever went to had no separate age gate or even a visible age-verification system in Firefox.

And how hard is it to accidentally access porn? In a week, I got 2 porn links disguised as normal links, and I got ads for material without soliciting them while browsing on otherwise clean sites.

Filters work about ninety percent of the time, but some pornography does not use names or keywords familiar to filter software, and adding in the lingo for every type of porn is nearly impossible. And filters can often be disabled or worked around, so they may not even be effective.

So, I ask you, do we need a reform in the internet porn? I believe very strongly that we do. It exists, it's practically marketed to minors, and it is addictive and shameful. It causes emotional and psychological damage, and is a pox upon the sight of humanity.

 


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on Apr 25, 2009

I am glad you got you shit under control but why don't you go on with your merry life and allow others to make their own mistakes. Bubblewrapping the world is not an answer. It is a disease that has spread too wide now to be healed. The evidence is starting to show in the real world. You can't take care of your children forever. Allow them to be free for a change.

If you can't control yourself stay offline. Becuase that's what your addicted to if you fealt the need to blog this.

Human nature can't be protected. People get addicted to all sorts of things. It's not the porn. Ever heard of hoarders, cat ladys, bag ladys, etc?   I suppose becuase one person has a problem with saving bags we should eliminate all bags from the world...just to be safe.

 

I do not frequent porn sites. I am just sick and tired of people projecting their faults on others.

 

 

 

 

on Apr 25, 2009

Or....send them bags to NT. 

on Apr 25, 2009

Or....send them bags to NT.

I would rather have the porn.

on Apr 25, 2009

Porn is against nature. Its really tough to make a law or anything to check it. In fact we can't stop anything on internet as its as complicated as spider web if you try to uncoil, it will break.

Most frequent visitors to these sites are teenagers and in early thirties.

They go there because they want to have a taste of things which are generally considered bad. But what makes them to go there.. some films, friends, growing age and curiosity, attraction towards opposite sex etc.

on Apr 25, 2009

I am glad you got you shit under control but why don't you go on with your merry life and allow others to make their own mistakes. Bubblewrapping the world is not an answer. It is a disease that has spread too wide now to be healed. The evidence is starting to show in the real world. You can't take care of your children forever. Allow them to be free for a change.

Yes, but I can help the law be enforced. My hatred? of the porn industry is that it's too easily to get addicted and it is too easy to get it below age.

I don't care what your opinion is, I demand that the law be enforced. If it is not enforced, then these sites should be taken off the internet, or forced not to cater to areas in which the law is violated.

My fault is my own. I was bored, I wanted something to do in my free time. I'm not blaming them. For the first parts of my addiction, I was at sites with age gates. It was merely my fault.

on Apr 25, 2009

The people why cry the loudest against immoralities such as porn, are often the ones who look at it the most.

on Apr 25, 2009

Bag it, NT. 

@erathoniel: NT is correct to a certain degree.

Sure, responsible adults/parents want to keep porn away from kids.

Unfortunately, who's to define what's what for whichever age?

It's in the nitty gritty (in this case pretty gritty) that things break down.

Stringent Gates are no substitute for responsible parenting (how many here would advocate licensure requirements for parenting, although that's really what's needed?), nor for adequate education, and explaining taboos.

Young people (for that matter, older people as well) remain curious about sex. It is, after all, the engine which drives the dioecious world.

As the twig is bent so groweth the tree (no pun intended)....so, as the song goes..."Teach the children well..."

And spare them the hypocracies. You can't protect people from themselves...you can only educate them to protect themselves.

Look at it this way...while porn is a cheaper date, and you don't have to shave or dress up, you tend to meet fewer folks that way.

 

 

on Apr 25, 2009

I demand that the law be enforced

what law?

In most countries, there is no law against porn

www stands for world wide web

how do you propose to police it?

 

on Apr 25, 2009

Yes, he is correct. I am merely pointing out that the law is not enforced. I'm not saying that the law can be enforced. I am merely warning others.

@ Anthony R: That was uncalled for. Entirely. Continue, and I will blacklist you, as I have done such for less.

The problem is that the law needs to be enforced, or parents have to be more alert, and better warned of these issues.

on Apr 25, 2009

how do you propose to police it?

Make it so that all sites have to sign up on a universally available filter network so that they can be blocked or put past secure age gates in countries in which they are disallowed.

on Apr 25, 2009

I agree with Night Train (again).  I don't think we need more police or more laws, or more finger waggers to tell us what is forbidden.  

Superman, you asked why people would go to porn sites in the first place?  I say, part of the reason is that it's considered bad.  I'm a 50-year-old woman, porn has never been any big deal to me; lately I have so much other crap on my mind, it's a chore just to make my head get excited about the things I should get excited about, let alone naked people "doing it" with each other.  Quite frankly, when I accidentally stumble on it, I disregard it the same way I do when I see the little lizards on my back porch "doing it."  My children (ages 23-27) occasionally look at porn, because some of it is just bizarre and weird.  After they coaxed me into looking at 2 of the sites they thought were particularly bizarre, I quit letting them coax me, because some crap just can't be UNseen once it has seen, and seriously....it's not pretty, it's not sexy, it's not a turn-on, it's just stupid and messed up.  

It's up to everybody else to decide for themselves whether they want to look at something that is stupid and messed up, and if a person is underage...have a freakin' parent police them!  If a parent cares, they'll monitor their CHILD'S internet access.  If a parent doesn't care, then the kid is going to be seeing some stuff in his/her life regardless of whether the net is policed or not!

We don't need more restrictions in this world...we need more conscious decisions made on our own part, rather than being irresponsible and allowing designated law-enforcing personnel dictate for us what is right and what is wrong.

Erathoniel, you said "it is addictive and shameful. It causes emotional and psychological damage, and is a pox upon the sight of humanity."  That's your opinion...we all have one.  However, I don't want you, or anybody else, telling me or deciding for me what is a pox on humanity.  It's not your place to tell me what constitutes free speech--I'm a grown woman, I should have the right to look at porn if I want, and also willfully choose not to pay attention to it, if that's what I want.  Obviously, it's not an addiction to me, so who are the addicts to be telling the nonaddicts what they should have access to?

Here in the United States, we tried prohibition -- it didn't work.  It only makes things worse.  The addicts need to get therapy for their addictions, and work out cognitive plans to detox themselves from the substance that is causing them to be nonfunctional and leave the rest of us to experience life the way it unfolds to us individually without consensual criminal restrictions.

on Apr 25, 2009

I couldn't have put it better, Karen

on Apr 25, 2009

 Karen.

 2of3.....saaaay....you sure that nick has to do with birthing order? 

on Apr 25, 2009

To get more indebth information on why internet porn shouldn't be policed, the late Peter McWilliams puts it better than anybody I know right here:  http://www.mcwilliams.com/books/aint/307.htm

on Apr 25, 2009

it is addictive and shameful. It causes emotional and psychological damage, and is a pox upon the sight of humanity.

In all its (legal and consensual) variations, Sex is natural and it is human.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is using fear to control you in order to profit from you, one way or another.

Educate yourself and your children and they'll make good choices without shame and fear.

It's just that simple.

 

Now go watch your favorite porn and accept you are a human being, just like all the rest of us.