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Old 12-20-2009, 11:04 PM
 
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Default Should porn be allowed at the public library?

This was debated on the news here recently in Las Vegas. Porn is currently allowed in the libraries here and a lot of parents are upset about it. You can go on a computer here and everyone around you can see the screen. I think they should leave it the way it is, so my answer is yes. Where I am from in Phoenix, it was not allowed, which I do not think is right.

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Old 12-20-2009, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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It raises the question of what is acceptable expression in public, and do children and adults have the same rights to said expression.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Why on earth would anybody think that anything should NOT be allowed in a public library?

Should there be a general principle that nothing should be allowed in a public library if parents get upset over it? Do libraries not only have to be G-rated, but also stock only materials that conform with the political opinions of the parents? Or religious view of the parents?
 
Old 12-20-2009, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Depends on whether you believe children should have access to it or not. Most of society thinks that material of a prurient nature is not appropriate for children, as they don't have the maturity or life experience/wisdom to properly quantify that material.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Guess what? Children don't have the life experience/wisdom to properly quantify material about atheism or communism or terrorism or slavery or the KKK or abortion or Fred Phelps or evolution or tapeworms or Dracula or human reproduction or death.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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That's why they are protected against such things in public, and should only gain access to such information through their parents.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 12:06 AM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Interesting that in another countries porn magazines are sold in newsstands and gas stations. And guess what? Kids are not all excited about it! Maybe because is free to have it? Maybe covering kids eyes when approaching statue of David in the museum, or ( worse) trying to dress David in underwear (lol) is not the best method of rearing kids? Maybe all those rules about kids and nudity are a bit outdated? I am not talking about the really "dirty " porn, but about nudity and act photography.
"Dirty" porn sites on the Internet could be blocked on the library computers.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 12:09 AM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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That's why they are protected against such things in public, and should only gain access to such information through their parents.
And what about parents that are inept, or don't care , or think that's is ok?
Is that a Child Protective Service case?
 
Old 12-21-2009, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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The question becomes one of magnitude though. How much is "acceptable"? That's why it should be left up to parents to decide for them.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 12:13 AM
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So, how acceptable is David statue for a school tour in the museum?
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