Soldiers Saved From a Life Without Porn

Credit: FlickrCredit: FlickrTo the relief of soldiers across the country, adult magazines Playboy and Penthouse will still be allowed to be sold on military bases. Frederick Vollrath—assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management—responding to a letter sent by faith-based organization Morality in Media said, “Based on the totality of each magazine’s content, they were not sexually explicit under [the federal law].” MIM had hoped not only to ban the sale of adult magazines on bases under existing laws, but to extend the ban to "prohibit access to pornography by electronic devices on military bases worldwide." 

From The Daily Beast:

The Military Honor and Decency Act, passed in 1996 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 1998, already requires the DOD to remove all sexually explicit materials, porn included, from being sold and rented at exchanges, on ships, and at commissaries.  But the law isn’t always implemented—and a wide variety of glossy porn magazines is still available for sale on bases.

MIM’s letter, sent to Chuck Hagel on June 3, made the dubious claim that “research overwhelmingly demonstrates a link between pornography consumption and increased sexual violence.” The data in this field is anything but overwhelming. As Reason’s Ron Bailey has written, much of the evidence points in the opposite direction including a 2006 study which found that “Internet access appears to be a substitute for rape; in particular, the results suggest that a 10 percentage point increase in internet access is associated with a decline in reported rape victimization of around 7.3 percent.”

Patrick Trueman, president of Media in Morality, explaining the reasoning behind the complaint said, "Having this material available and actually sold, and therefore sanctioned by the military, sends a signal to the women in the military that the sexually exploitive nature in the military is acceptable.”

Morality in Media has been joined in its crusade against porn by the likes of Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) who went so far as to put down an amendment to the 2014 defense budget to enforce the ban on selling pornography at military bases. Senator Wicker justifying his amendment said, “Studies show that these types of materials may be contributing to sexual harassment in the workplace. I fought to include my amendment in the NDAA because I am concerned that the law is not being enforced.”

MIM will for now, be unable to add banning Playboy for the troops to it’s list of claimed accomplishments, which include organising a boycott of Groupon for selling tours of a porn studio, pushing for the cancellation of NBC series The Playboy Club, and lobbying for a Presidential proclamation recognizing Protection From Pornography Week in 2003.

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  • ||

    You'd think the anti-porn crusaders would have admitted defeat by now. The internet pwn'd you good, you fucking moronic prudes.

    I guess that's why they're limited to harassing military members; it's a captive audience with a ton of top-down control.

  • ||

    They and other nannies will become less limited as our society and government become more and more top-down control.

    See the ministry of vice and virtue....oops...I mean the Nudge Squad.

  • ||

    They're going to have to get a lot more Big Brother to even try and dent porn. No, they're going for more of a bread and circuses thing and the porn goes on the circus pile.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    See the UK porn filter. Voluntary... for now.

  • Zeb||

    And will never, ever work.

  • Libertymike||

    Don't you think that there are enough adult "outlets" in the immediate vicinage of most military bases, worldwide?

  • Tonio||

    Not sure about this. But there are a large number of troops deployed in Afghanistan and I'm guessing (though have no idea, really) that this would be a problem there.

  • ||

    There's a surprising amount of (very slow, somewhat expensive) wifi available on decent sized bases these days. And lots of people are brining hard drives full of what they want.

    I did find a stash of circa 2005 Playboys hidden in the ceiling tiles of a HQ building in Kirkuk in 2009.

  • ||

    Does...does Playboy even qualify as porn nowadays?

  • Paul.||

    Only if you read it for the articles.

  • PS wanders the Wasteland||

    Playboy was always about the articles.

  • Almanian!||

    It's articles all the way down

  • Zeb||

    Playboy was never porn. I remember when I discovered my dad's magazine stashes as a lad. I found some Penthouse first. When later I got hold of some Playboys I wondered why the hell all those women had their legs together all the time.

  • ||

    But, but General Order No. 1.

  • ||

    Something about not leaving my post until properly relieved?

  • ||

  • Libertymike||

    Lawrence Vance writes about this topic and according to him, brothels abound near US military bases. Afghanistan, perhaps not.

  • ||

    Yep. They're everywhere, including gay bathhouses for some reason.

  • ||

    ...you fucking moronic prudes.

    I see what you did there.

  • PS wanders the Wasteland||

    I thought it was to help the soldiers conserve their precious bodily fluids.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Wait a minute. There's pornographic material on the internet now?

  • ||

    Barely. It's just getting started.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Smut peddlers were the decided the battle between VHS and Beta. They helped choose Blu-ray over HD DVD. Does this mean now the internet is going be the victor in the internet/internet2 format war?

  • Paul.||

    Porn should remain on all IPV4 networks. Period.

  • ||

    What kind of jobs did you think pedo bot was offering?

  • ||

    And it's mostly gay. Mostly.

  • PS wanders the Wasteland||

    That's only because German scheisse porn has lost momentum.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    And I think it might seem that way depending on what keyword searches you're doing.

  • ||

    That makes sense, seeing as JJ's searches usually include some combination of "prolapsed rectum", "bestiality", "human breast milk", and "ultragay".

  • ||

    Amazingly enough a search of all of those doesn't have any results. Yet.

  • Wizard4169||

    If you actually serached that, you're a far braver man than I am. Not only do I not want to see any results, I don't even want to see the alternate suggestions (Did you mean to search "prolapsed ultragay breast milk?")

    Kinda reminds me of Unca Ghastly's "game", Google Seppuku. The idea was to go to google.co.jp, use the Japanese character generator to type in a random search term, and then see how many links you could click before finding an image that made you want to gouge your own eyes out. And no, I never had the nerve (balls) to try that, either...

  • SugarFree||

    "Do you think this is ultragay?" Jimbo asked, his voice barely above a whisper.

    "It is gay," Zak admitted. "It's a boy goat, after all. But it certainly isn't 'ultragay.' I don't think bestiality can be that gay."

    "I just wanted to know, like, for myself."

    "Yeah, I understand. Let's get going, we're losing daylight. Go on, stick it in."

    The goat made a startled noise and began to thrash in it's bindings.

    "Keep going, keep going. Yeah! That's it!" The camera never wavered as he drank his human breast milk smoothie.

    "Ah, Zak. His goat butthole is all turned inside out," Jimbo said, gagging.

    "It's called a prolapsed rectum, Jimbo. It happens to even the best of us."

    Jimbo looked over and saw the camera for the first time.

    "You ain't filming this, is you?"

    "Of course not. I'm just playing Candy Crush until my turn."

    "OK, I don't want this up on YouTube or nothin'. Nikki might see it."

  • ||

    I just want to make it clear that this is a transcript from the video (both NutraSweet and I have copies...for, uh, research purposes), and not some disgusting story made up by NutraSweet. Unlike usual.

  • ||

    I can vouch for the authenticity.

    I want to have it out in the open now, so that I can't be blackmailed with it later.

  • ||

    I really can recommend that Poovey Farms human breast milk smoothie.

  • ||

    At least he didn't get to the part where we unleashed The Gimp.

  • ||

    I'm not sure whether to laugh or vomit.

  • ||

    You mean "chicks with dicks" isn't just a funny rhyme?!

    I've been doing this all wrong.

  • SugarFree||

    The Best of Both Worlds

  • ||

    That sounds like a daytime soap. About chicks with dicks.

  • ||

    If your having problems, you may ask the NSA for advice on what keywords everyone else is using.

  • ||

    you're

  • ||

    I'm afraid of what they'd tell me.

    "73% of Americans have searched for the term 'homosexual coprophagia' at least once in the last month."

  • PH2050||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Giggity.

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    I agree with the sentiment but I'm not sure the internet is going to stop their schemes. Remember Romney advocated requiring computers to come with a porn blocking feature and the Bush administration shut down quite a few sites.

  • Hyperion||

    Well, at least they sure did put a stop to those violent video games. No one makes them anymore, and no one wants to play them anyway.

  • PH2050||

    Not to fear Epi, the troops foresaw this.

    That's why everyone bought these and just basically passed around DVDs like a communal carnal library. However, that doesn't mean there weren't isolated incidents of guys getting super pissed because their fave flick got scratched to the point of being unplayable.

    If they don't care about pr0n bans in the ME, what makes people think they would care about them here?

  • PH2050||

    To be clear, I'm referring mainly to deployment but a lot of guys weren't going to pay to get net access in the barracks so the system still worked to an extent...but then some of these same guys thought nothing of going to Palm Springs or Tijuana and paying for the real thing so who knows.

  • General Butt Naked||

    it's a captive audience with a ton of top-down control.

    Enough about your fantasies, stay on topic please.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    At the end of the letter, MIM claims that military spouses (I suspect they mean wives) have noticed bad effects from their husbands' use of porno.

    The military is a voluntary institution which imposes considerable restrictions on its members, including such things as how they make their beds. There is no logical reason to exclude stuff that they do solitarily in the their beds.

    There is also the fact that there's a Congressional statute covering this issue, and the principle of civilian control over the military means that it's Congress, not military commanders, which makes rules and regulations for the armed forces (this is also in the Constitution).

  • ||

    There is no logical reason to exclude stuff that they do solitarily in the their beds.

    Clearly the solution is to just outlaw masturbation by military members.

  • ||

    MIM claims that military spouses (I suspect they mean wives) have noticed bad effects from their husbands' use of porno.

    I'm sure it's really clear which bad effects come from porn and which come from, oh, I don't know, all the other aspects of being deployed.

  • PS wanders the Wasteland||

    Yeah, I doubt that wanting to 'spice things up' by having a threesome with a goat can be entirely blamed on Playboy and Penthouse.

  • ||

    It's more sheep or donkeys. Apparently in many rural Arab areas there's a belief that fucking a donkey will increase your penis size. We had some night vision video of a teenage "Son of Iraq" militiaman pulling night guard to support that it's going on.

  • PS wanders the Wasteland||

    See, it's the educational trivia like this that keeps me coming back.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "I doubt that wanting to 'spice things up' by having a threesome with a goat can be entirely blamed on Playboy and Penthouse."

    Which isn't exactly what I said, but if you want to paraphrase me that way, "goat" to it.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    But screw ewe for misinterpreting me.

    If you get caught in bestiality, you'll soon be on the lamb.

  • ||

    Shearly not, I hear they've really chopped baaaack on the enforcement budget.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    You can't pull the wool over my eyes. I'm like a supercomputer with lots of RAM.

  • Zeb||

    on the lamb

    That's disgusting. Joking about sheepfuckers is one thing. But sheep pedophilia is never funny.

  • Libertymike||

    Just gotta love the cognitive dissonance / oxymoronic / 1984 Ministry of Propaganda phenomenon associated with the appellation of legislation:

    The Military Honor and Decency Act!

    A lady who desires to provide companionship for a fee would do well to open up shop as close as possible to a US military base.

  • Careless||

    Yeah, I'm sure no prostitute ever thought of that.

    Have you ever seen the area around a military base? Women who will touch you for money are not in short supply.

  • Libertymike||

    Jayne Kennedy could have been either Obama's older sister or one of his younger aunts. Certainly more than Trayvon could have been his son.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Wrong. Jayne Kennedy is way to good looking to be related to Captain Zero.

  • Libertymike||

    You are right.

    Yes, I just misapplied the evidence.

    Perhaps Trayvon was just too good looking to be related to Obama as well?

  • Ken Shultz||

    Ending discrimination against gay people already enough--discriminating against heterosexuals like this would have just been overkill.

  • ||

    I only read it for the alt-text.

  • Bo Cara Esq.||

    The interesting thing is that this Military Honor and Decency Act had to have been signed by...William Jefferson Clinton!

    The irony.

  • SugarFree||

    Morality in Media

    Those damn atheists have struck again!

  • ||

    Please, please. Those liberal democrat athiests.

  • ||

    What perfidy aren't they capable of?

  • SugarFree||

    First no beer on Sunday, now they want to take away porn on base. Damn that atheist scum.

  • UnCivilServant||

    “research overwhelmingly demonstrates a link between pornography consumption and increased sexual violence.”

    The link was a reduction in consumption led to an increase in violence. All of the real data has been saying more porn == less rape.

  • Rich||

    That is some sweet-ass propagandizing right there.

    *** incredulously & self-righteously ***

    "Am I to take it you are claiming that my statement is incorrect?!"

  • Paul.||

    I like to look at it as thus:

    More rape == less porn.

  • jack-it dos||

    "To the relief of soldiers across the country, adult magazines Playboy and Penthouse will still be allowed to be sold on military bases."
    Uh, really? Who buys those magazines anymore anyway? Penthouse went bankrupt, and Playboy is a joke. One can get porn, hard and soft, free on the net all of which is much, better, stimulating, arousing, or whatever, than Playboy or Penthouse, if it still exists.

    PS Born in 1962, Playboy was still somewhat popular through 1985.
    Every male above the age of 10 saw one at least once.
    Today, I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of the males born after 1990 never saw one.

  • ||

    I remember back in the early 90s when I first found my dad's porn stash.

    He apparently had an unhealthy obsession with gigantic, like freakishly so, breasts. Every magazine he had featured chicks that looked like they could have starred in Deadly Weapons.

  • ||

    Unhealthy? Did he die young?

  • Rich||

    Smothered to death, I'll wager.

  • ||

    When I found my dad's, it was mostly Penthouse and some Hustler because Playboy was already being surpassed for being so tame. Incidentally, in the cabinet in which he hid them (that I picked the lock on), there was this big bag of green stuff that smelled kinda funny and looked like oregano.

  • SugarFree||

    there was this big bag of green stuff that smelled kinda funny and looked like oregano

    And then you masturbated into it.

  • PH2050||

    Holy shit that's twisted.

  • ||

    For Epi that's pretty tame.

  • SugarFree||

    Yeah, he's a real sicko.

  • ||

    Yeah. The twisted part was when he smoked it after finishing.

  • ||

    See, JJ knows me. But he left out how I then skinned the cat, ate it, and wore its fur as a merkin. Man, that was a fun Thursday afternoon.

  • PH2050||

    The thought of smoking semen-laced marijuana (and turning into Epi) ranks right below the "McCain-Hillary cold roast beef jowl skin thing" on my disgust meter.

  • ||

    You're mistaken to assume that semen is what comes out when Epi masturbates.

  • PH2050||

    Now I regret going beyond just reading the articles on this site. Is there a way to un-register?

  • ||

    Nope. I'm assuming you haven't seen one of NutraSweet's stories yet. Make sure you have some Kleenex around for when your eyes bleed.

  • PH2050||

    Okay, I made that mistake ONCE.

    It took weeks of Eye Bleach and superhuman levels of self-medication to recover, even though I still have nightmares sometimes.

    Dude is like the H.P. Lovecraft of aberrant/deviant sexual relations between humans and nonhumans.

  • SugarFree||

    Technically, there is semen in it, but it is not much by volume.

  • NoVAHockey||

    who wants to tell the new guy about Warty?

  • SugarFree||

    Or STEVE SMITH? Or the ruin of Pelosi's nethers?

  • PH2050||

    This was a mistake on my part.

    Not only am I still familiarizing myself with the political ideas on this site, I have encountered entities that can actually come up with gross shit that tops what I think up.

    I will carry to my grave the regret of my decision to post here.

  • ||

    Then our mission is accomplished.

  • NoVAHockey||

    I lurked for months. I wonder if I made the right choice. best not to think on such things.

  • ||

    I will carry to my grave the regret of my decision to post here.

    You say that now, but in a few weeks you'll find yourself fapping along like the rest of us.

  • Rich||

    Just so Dad could ask "Who's been fucking around with my stash?"

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Heyooooo!!!

  • Hyperion||

    there was this big bag of green stuff that smelled kinda funny and looked like oregano

    You see, this is why pot needs to be kept illegal. Else all the childins will turn into crazed Libertarians.

  • SugarFree||

    I found my dad's porn stash in the late 70s. Attack of the Wookie Crotch.

  • Jordan||

    Attack of the Wookie Crotch.

    I didn't realize Michelle was that old.

  • Lord Humungus||

    heh - I remember a certain mag that my best friend found in his dad's closet. It was "Spock" doing "Uhura". 80s Fan Porn at its finest.

  • Rhywun||

    Your best friend's dad is J.J. Abrams?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I once saw a magazine with an interview of Bertrand Russell, which I read. Then I noticed that the magazine was Playboy. Now I don't want to mention it, because who's going to believe me?

  • ||

    You know who else revealed a secret publication that the mainstream refused to believe?

  • Hyperion||

    Are soldiers banned from the intertoobs? Who the hell buys magazines these days? I don't even buy books anymore, except sometimes at Library sales. And those usually just sit on a shelf and I download the book on Kindle to read it.

  • PH2050||

    You just like having lots of leather-bound books on rich mahogany shelving to show off to company, don't you? Pretentious douche.

  • PS wanders the Wasteland||

    Brazilian rosewood, surely.

  • SugarFree||

  • PH2050||

    This place, and you, SugarFree, are worse than 4chan.

  • SugarFree||

    Flattery will get you everywhere.

  • ||

    Is that going to get him on your testimonial wall?

  • SugarFree||

    All things are possible if you believe, jesse.

  • ||

    And by everywhere you mean a cave with you, Warty, and STEVE SMITH right?

  • SugarFree||

    It's not a cave, going by the strict definition of such.

  • ||

    How else will you broadcast to guest of your home mansion that you are one of those crazed, evil, super-rich libertarians? You know, except for your child slaves and always walking around with a top hat and monocle.

  • CE||

    You can't fill up the mahogany book shelves in your study or smoking room or conservatory with e-books, you know.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Oh noooooo!! Dick Durbin says energy drinks kill children!

  • PH2050||

    You can't post something funny like that with no link, wtf.

  • PH2050||

    Found it through google. Pretty funny.

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