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Old 08-10-2010, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Shoreline, CT
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Does anyone read those free papers on the streets, in the library, etc? I have known about this for over 15 years but how do they get away with advertising escorts (hookers) [female, male TS, etc.] in public domain for kids to read. Also the vulgar vernacular of that sex column Savage. We would be thrown off this site in a secound using those curses.

One thing about ads for dates and hook-ups or ads for nude bars but that takes the cake. My kid went to read in the library and I showed the librarian. She went bonkers; she did not realize herself.

I believe in Free Speech, but not with pornography and ads for hookers and vulgar language in view of children.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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These papers make their money by allowing borderline advertising that regular newspapers (Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, Connecticut Post, Stmaford Advocate, Waterbury Republican, etc.) do not allow. I agree these do not belong in a library. I have not seen them in our library but will admit I don't check it regularly. Jay
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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They don't belong free on the street but they've been "allowed" for a long time. When I was a college student over 20 years ago in the Albany, NY area they had a similar magazine called "Metroland" with the same concerns.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:33 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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They aren't pornographic, but they are definitely for adults. A library has no business filtering non-pornographic adult content. What offends me doesn't offend you, and vice versa-- A library's job is to make content available for everybody.

Should we remove controversial Judy Blum novels that are geared towards teens because some find them offensive?
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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It's interesting how of the "If you don't like the show, turn the TV off" mind I am... I've never even noticed the XXX-rated ads. I pick up the Hartford Advocate every week for the (a) TMI column, (b) weekly restaurant review, (c) crossword.

In my opinion, in terms of having them in the library or available on a street corner, I doubt it will influence a kid any more than what he/she can see on the Internet.

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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They aren't pornographic, but they are definitely for adults. A library has no business filtering non-pornographic adult content. What offends me doesn't offend you, and vice versa-- A library's job is to make content available for everybody.

Should we remove controversial Judy Blum novels that are geared towards teens because some find them offensive?
You can tell that you do not have impressionable young children. It is amazing what they are exposed to (ever watch Family Guy on Fox at 6:00 PM, unbelieveably foul IMHO, funny but foul). While I do not censor my kids a lot, I do draw lines and they are pretty reasonable about following my guidelines. Are they seeing things I don't really want them to, of course. But they have to know it is one thing to watch or read these things, but it is another to talk or do what they say. Jay
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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You can tell that you do not have impressionable young children. It is amazing what they are exposed to (ever watch Family Guy on Fox at 6:00 PM, unbelieveably foul IMHO, funny but foul). While I do not censor my kids a lot, I do draw lines and they are pretty reasonable about following my guidelines. Are they seeing things I don't really want them to, of course. But they have to know it is one thing to watch or read these things, but it is another to talk or do what they say. Jay
Yes, kids are exposed to a lot these days and its a shame. I am a huge Family Guy fan... But I wouldn't watch it with my niece or nephew.

It seems like you are taking a reasonable approach.

Unfortunately, your (and other parents) desire to shelter (in the most positive sense of the word) from adult material doesn't override other adults right to see the same content-- Unless it's pornographic.

And let's be honest-- The adult ads and content are a very small portion of these entertainment weekly newspapers.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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Yes, kids are exposed to a lot these days and its a shame. I am a huge Family Guy fan... But I wouldn't watch it with my niece or nephew.

It seems like you are taking a reasonable approach.

Unfortunately, your (and other parents) desire to shelter (in the most positive sense of the word) from adult material doesn't override other adults right to see the same content-- Unless it's pornographic.

And let's be honest-- The adult ads and content are a very small portion of these entertainment weekly newspapers.
And besides, they see a lot worse on the 'net anyway. Filters and parental settings are easily defeated by many kids.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Yes, kids are exposed to a lot these days and its a shame. I am a huge Family Guy fan... But I wouldn't watch it with my niece or nephew.

It seems like you are taking a reasonable approach.

Unfortunately, your (and other parents) desire to shelter (in the most positive sense of the word) from adult material doesn't override other adults right to see the same content-- Unless it's pornographic.

And let's be honest-- The adult ads and content are a very small portion of these entertainment weekly newspapers.
I agree. I said my point wrong, I'm not for "censorship" either, just trying to point out that it's not new nor limited to Metro NY and Hartford.
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