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Porn and Sexual Assault in the Military

Posted by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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Do you think the availablity of porn on military bases has anything to do with sexual assault/rape cases? Do you think NOT selling it on base will reduce these crimes?

http://spousebuzz.com/blog/2013/07/why-the-fuss-over-porn-at-the-exchange.html?ESRC=sm_spbuzz.nl

s Porn on Military Bases Really a Big Deal?

In the age of internet porn, I can’t imagine why anyone is in a lather about Playboy and Maxim and Curves being sold in military exchanges.  But they are.

An anti-porn group has been urging Congress and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to remove adult materials from military exchanges.  Karen Jowers of Military Times reported,

“Morality in Media contends that the sale of explicit materials in the exchanges contributes to the problem of sexual assault in the military and says the Pentagon isn’t following the letter of a law intended to prohibit the sale of sexually explicit material on Defense Department property.”

Now the Senate has ordered the Pentagon to notify them within 180 days about what steps will be taken to comply with the prohibition.

And I’m thinking, Really?  Are we really going to link the sale of Maxim magazine at the exchange (not at 7-Eleven or the airport or the iPad near you) to the estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in the military?  Are we really saying we are going to get rid of some magazines on bases and posts and thus end the problem? Really?

Like the shoppers in this new report point out, even if these magazines are removed from the exchange system, servicemembers can still easily get the content elsewhere:

I am no fan of pornography. I have written before about how it crushes hope from relationships. And our own Ms. Vicki frequently writes about the way pornography addictions destroy military marriages.

But I’m having trouble getting worked up about the sales of these magazines at exchanges.  Because what is sold in stores seems like nothing compared to what is available at home on the internet.

Taking up time and energy to diddle around with sales of these magazines at the exchanges seems like a strange use of our firepower. It is like trying to end teen pregnancy by banning Bratz dolls.  Or ending violence in schools by tossing out anyone who bites their Poptart into a gun shape.  Or fighting obesity by banning  drinking cups larger than 16 oz.

You can make an argument that these things are linked to the problem you are trying to solve, but the link seems a little weak, doesn’t it?

So why do we do that?  Why do we jump at enforcing these weak links?  Probably because they are small. Probably because they are easy. Probably because jumping on a bandwagon against the sale of Playboy at Lackland AFB is so much easier than actually figuring out how to solve the big problem of sexual predators in the military.

I think officials may be hoping that if they put enough of these small things together they will turn into something big. So the Army and Navy have ordered a clean sweep of all sexual material from the workplace. Every member of the military has been ordered to take more training on sexual assault. The chain of command is on a seek and destroy mission for sexually explicit items (if they weren’t already doing that before.)

I secretly don’t think this is going to work. I secretly think that these changes will only seem petty and officious and arbitrary. These small decrees will only give officials something to focus upon in the workplace.

But we don’t only live in the workplace. The military might be an institution, but it isn’t a total institution. It doesn’t prevent people from being raised in a world where pornography is an industry that is worth billions and billions of dollars.  It doesn’t prevent people from being socialized to objectify women from birth. It doesn’t begin to address the meaning of power in the military.

So go ahead and do the little things that are easy to identify and easy to solve. That is a step, I guess. But don’t kid yourself that this will begin to cure the scourge of sexual assault in the military, because it won’t.



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Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I personally think alcohol is much more responsible for sexual assault cases than porn...

JanetMonroe1991
by Bronze Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I don't because rape isn't about sex, rape is about power.  


Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jul. 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I agree!

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

I don't because rape isn't about sex, rape is about power.  



 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

rfurlongg
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM
True. Isn't their porn that is about power? I am unfamiliar with porn.

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

I don't because rape isn't about sex, rape is about power.  


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stringtheory
by Gold Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Yup. I don't know if the military lifestyle attracts a certain type, or breeds a certain type, but the magazines available on base are not the issue.

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

I don't because rape isn't about sex, rape is about power.  


momtimesx4
by Silver Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Who actually buys it?  Especially at the PX?

Any numbers out there that document how many mags were on the shelf vs how many were actually purchased?

If military people want a real porn magazine, complete with plastic baggie, then they will buy the Army/Navy/Marine/Air Force Times tabloid, read the juicy headlines on the cover and will be sorely disappointed when the article really has nothing to do with the headline, get pissed off, leave it on a desk where others will read it and it will slowly end up on the desk of staff duty where the person on duty will read it 6 times during their shift and will be the one to get the most out of it than the person who bought it to begin with.

momtoscott
by Gold Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I don't think banning porn would do anything but make things worse.  I doubt it has anything to do with sexual assaults.  

survivorinohio
by René on Jul. 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I think the incidence of rape in the military is all about men threatened by women doing their job.  Its about saying 'I have the power' still.

JanetMonroe1991
by Bronze Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM


There is porn about just about everything lol. 

Quoting rfurlongg:

True. Isn't their porn that is about power? I am unfamiliar with porn.

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

I don't because rape isn't about sex, rape is about power.  




JanetMonroe1991
by Bronze Member on Jul. 4, 2013 at 2:56 AM


The military trains you to kill and hurt, and it trains you to do so without much active thought involved. Its very rough to adjust back to normal life, I know because I see it in my brother when hes home in the times between being deployed.  It takes a special type of person to be able to handle that type of stress on a daily basis. 

Quoting stringtheory:

Yup. I don't know if the military lifestyle attracts a certain type, or breeds a certain type, but the magazines available on base are not the issue.

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

I don't because rape isn't about sex, rape is about power.  




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