Porn Should Never Be Viewed in Public


The BBC News recently wrote an article, “Is it OK to watch porn in public?” To me, it is a no-brainer. Absolutely Not! Porn, in general, should be something in the privacy of your own home and never in the workplace. I remember taking a domestic flight, and the passenger next to me decided he wanted to watch a “bit of porn” on his smartphone but at least had the decency to use his headphones. At first, I didn’t know if he was trolling for a response, mentally disturbed, or just plain desperate? However, there should be a standing rule that porn on any device should not be visible or audible to anyone else in a public setting.

 

A few years ago I remembered a case in North Carolina where a motorist was stopped for “displaying pornographic materials” in his own SUV. What occurred was the driver had entertainment screens in his SUV that could clearly be seen by passing motorists. I guess some people want to bend or test the rule of law to see what applies to them? I am unsure if the case was thrown out, but it draws the question about appropriate behavior. It is bad enough listening to loud stereo car systems that rattle every wall stud and picture frame. But now we may face a brief moment of stopped traffic to glance in the vehicle in front of us displaying porn? Yes, it is somewhat a private space but on public roads.

 

I keep hearing about porn addiction and the need to regulate Internet porn. I think we need to start with the regulation of clearly labeled rated X or homemade videos visible in public spaces. There are plenty of laws regarding public decency but rarely enforced. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have attempted to push the envelope by allowing porn to filter and become somewhat the norm in today’s society. Sexting, another issue, has morphed from a private space to being shared all over public spaces and schools. Have we come to the level in our life that open space is a rarity?

 

A problem with displaying pornography in public places was difficult to catch and difficult to prosecute. The American justice system seems more concerned about embarrassment and humiliation rather than education or providing a dissolvable punishment. Additionally, citizens won’t get involved because it puts them squarely in the middle rather than sensible law effectively working as the law is written. Public porn will become a debate as art versus vulgarity by differing critics. But I’d like to point out that any rated XXX film should never be publically displayed because you feel the need to exercise your first amendment right. It should always be a personal space in the privacy of your home and never accessible to children. After all, membership to the “Mile High” club is behind closed doors.

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Author: dsdaughtry

“You’re punching and you’re kicking and you’re shouting at me / I’m relying on your common decency?" I tried to become vegan (it was the worst 6 hours of my life), Blogging Columnist, Army veteran, economic liberalism, Arizona State alumnus, and a graduate student at University of South Dakota. I hope you enjoy my site! | B.A. Organizational Leadership | M.S. Political Science

3 thoughts on “Porn Should Never Be Viewed in Public”

  1. i think the situation where its in someone elses car is going to be difficult (nearly impossible) to regulate. in public, i agree with you.

    in libraries this issue becomes really interesting– you shouldnt be viewing it at the library, but it is (really) impossible to block and the library becomes legally liable for everything once they monitor you. they simply cant afford it.

    on top of this, they sometimes consider it against their ethics to restrict your (legal) options. they can tell you that youre not allowed to use the library computers for anything illegal, but it isnt illegal for an adult to view adult materials. once they restrict one thing– sometimes i think librarians are people that couldnt afford to study law and preferred to just read a “real” book anyway.

    i used to frequent a library (and its not the only one like it) where you werent supposed to be looking at what someone was browsing anyway– there were partitions– but it was possible to walk by and view someone that was viewing adult websites. it wasnt an everyday thing and i never noticed (i also try not to view what people are viewing) but some people did, on occasion.

    in short, i think the question of whether you should or shouldnt make this a public activity– that much is very obvious. but once you go from there to “should you be allowed to”– then it becomes hopelessly mired in surprising details and even legal issues. funny little world we live in.

    1. You do bring up an interesting point about accessibility to adult content. I would argue that libraries operate under inter-library material loans. This means, that certain content not available at one library can be mailed to the home of anyone that requests it. So, if someone wants to view “questionable” material then it can be sent to them. Additionally, many libraries have electronic version copies that are accessible and free to requestors. All the requestor requires is an electronic device such as a Kindle, iPad or devices that can view electronic materials. This would greatly curb those computers used for adult materials and reduce the software oversight and overall liability. I think library patrons are unaware of extended services libraries offer.

  2. Common courtesy and decency seems to be dying a slow and painful death…

    I argue with myself on the issue of what is decent versus what is expression… what is just the shifting scale of public comfort and what is a violation of it?

    But I agree… there’s a time and a place. And ultimately the eye of the beholder depends as much on the intent as on the act.

    As I blogged recently… “our freedoms… were never intended to preclude our responsibility to others…” (the one on Sunday sermon from this week… and I think Tuesdays touched on the topic as well…)

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