Strange Taste: Regulating Web Users Choice.

Strange Taste: Regulating Web Users Choice.

In most Cases, government and other kinds of organizations try to censor pornography, their main concern are children. In today’s liberal society, a lot of Internet users and Congress have dismissed the efforts to regulate it[1], statutes such as Communications Decency Act (CDA), Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) have all failed. Many of the free expression defenders celebrate the victory of Porn over justice, but sometimes they fail to realize the limits and dangers that lurk in the border of expression and obscenity,

We live in a very liberal age, there are states now that have legalized Marihuana, more and more people are supporting the idea of free healthcare and we have seem to hear less about God in Political speeches and more about people. Speech has enjoyed an almost omnipotent existence in the past decade; only during the Bush administration Americans saw a rise of obscene cases that made it to the Supreme Court. An important question to ask between all the new liberal attitudes is, how far shall we allow expression to go? And whom are we really trying to protect?

As it was mentioned on another article, the popularity and the revenues that the porn industry enjoys are tremendously big, ranking in the Billions of Dollars a year. Men are often comfortable by saying they watch a couple of videos and even Feminists women have come to the defense of the porn industry.

In a 2010 national survey, over a quarter of 16- to 17-year olds said they were exposed to nudity online when they did not want to see it. In addition 20% of 16-year-olds and 30% of 17-year-olds have received a “sext” (a sexually explicit text message).

More than 7 out of 10 teens hide their online behavior from their parents in some way.

More than half of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13. In a survey of hundreds of college students, 93% of boys and 62% of girls said they were exposed to pornography before they turned 182.

Perhaps expecting the government to regulate and to act on this scenario is to expect too much. The difficulties behind it are enormous and it is practically impossible to regulate it without breaking the real and honest freedom of expression that other people might have. Perhaps it is also a little extreme to put someone in jail for filming stuff that is just too strange and unpleasant for our taste; there is no reason why a person with strange taste (but harmless) should be put behind bars with murderers, kidnappers and other kind of dangerous convicts.

One of the biggest problems to achieve a viable solution is that in many cases people don’t admit that pornography has a big presence on the internet and that sexual related topics are nothing strange in almost any website. Another misconception that people have is that they often use the word Pornography to enlarge a wide list of denominations, such as violence, nudity, obscenity, offensive and harmful. Not all adult material has all the descriptions mentioned above, in fact, some famous people are proud to make business out of it.

Perhaps it is not the soft videos that need to be regulated or censored. TV, Movies and Videogames have a lot of explicit nudity and are very open when discussing sex topics too; it is the cases that dwell on the limits, those that portray disturbing images and situations that need to be controlled. The first step is for people to understand what the porn industry is, accept it and face it, so far, it is like the big pink elephant in the living room that nobody mentions. The sooner people can reach an agreement of what Pornography is, the sooner will regulations for the extreme material come and the safer we will all be.


[1] Don Pember, and Clay Calvert, Digital Media Law, (McGraw Hill Higher education, 2010), 481-485.

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~ by lukavi on May 1, 2013.

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