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Happy Birthday, Meese Commission

Twenty-one years ago today, the “Meese Commission”—the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography—released its 2,000-page report. President Reagan set up the Commission to reverse the findings of the 1970 report on pornography released under Richard Nixon, which recommended that legislation “should not seek to interfere with the right of adults to read, obtain or view explicit sexual materials.” Although it was supposed to document the damage caused by using pornography, the Commission could find no such thing. It admitted that “The contribution of pornography to sexual deviance remains an open question.” It noted their data “do not support any causal…

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Mitt Romney Tries Sex Both Ways, and Loses

Ever obsessed with pornography, “decency” activists are going after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for being soft on porn while sitting on the board of the Marriott hotel chain. What a pleasure to see conservative Christian sharks eating one of their own. It’s the delicious sequel to the American Family Association demanding that (Mormon) Brigham Young University refuse future million-dollar donations from the Marriott family because the cash is “tainted by porn.” Romney’s latest critics include Phil Burress, the self-proclaimed “porn addict” who’s trying to clean up Ohio (his motto: porn ruins your marriage, and if it doesn’t, gays will);…

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“America’s War On Sex” Wins Award

America’s War On Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, & Liberty has won the prestigious “Sexuality Book of the Year” award from AASECT—the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. The book’s foreword is written by Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU. In it, she says the book “shines a welcome spotlight on the many public policies today that continue to stifle full and equal freedom of choice for all mature individuals in the essential arena of sexuality.” She adds that “All of us who share the inspiring vision of Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter about “the heart of…

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California Senate Actually Protects Our Sexuality—Twice

A little-known government body—the California Senate Committee on Public Safety— got it right twice last week. They actually enhanced the safety of Californians by defeating two bills that had sailed through the state Assembly without a single dissent. The first, AB1067, required “blinders” on store displays featuring magazines with “harmful matter” on the cover. The second, AB1475, mandated computer repair technicians to report “pornographic images of children” they find while fixing a machine. Both are examples of good intentions (protecting young people from inappropriate sexual experiences) mixed with hysteria (the belief that those potential experiences are terribly common, and always…

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Fox & CBS Think Condoms Are About Death, Not Pleasure

You’ve probably heard about the new ad for Trojan condoms. It’s actually pretty clever, showing young guys in a dance club coming on to women. The guys are depicted as actual pigs (the special effects are cool), and the women are understandably turned off. Then a guy/pig goes to the men’s room, gets a condom from a vending machine, and is transformed into a good-looking Mr. Right (or at least Mr. Right for Tonight), who gets plenty of smiles from the ladies. The good news: the ad will run on ABC, NBC, MTV, Comedy Central, and seven other cable networks.…

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“Knocked Up?” No Thanks

So this fabulous woman—gorgeous, intelligent, great job, great future—gets drunk, sleeps with this loser without contraception, gets pregnant, drags the no-job, no-future stranger into a relationship, and has the baby. Everyone says the movie is funny. ‘Scuse me, I don’t care. I know that comedies are by nature ridiculous—think Duck Soup, Airplane, and anything Adam Sandler touches. But Knocked Up validates the dangerous idea that unintended pregnancy is a matter of bad luck. Worse, it describes a world in which abortion literally does not exist—it’s called “the A word,” which “rhymes with smashmortion.” You’d never know that 1.3 million Americans…

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