Michelle Cottle in The New Republic Online discusses a new idea to keep kids away from online smut. In the article she offers this great paragraph (warning: adult subject):
I agree that the concept of a congressional mandate to stop online porn has a certain appeal. Talk of voluntary rules or restrictions sounds a bit limp when we’re discussing how to keep second-graders off a site hawking Horny Housewives Jell-O Wrestling With Double-Dicked Dwarfs. But the harsh reality is that, any time we start toying with the idea of compelling pornographers to do much of anything, the ACLU gets all agitated and starts squawking about “constitutional this” and “First Amendment that.” The porn industry has a lot of money with which to hire a lot of lawyers, and before you know it, you have Larry Flynt wrapping himself in the American flag and screeching about his God-given right to watch girl-on-girl action from the privacy of his home computer. No one wants to see that.
Sad, but all too true.
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