Essay on Internet Pornography and the Need for Increased Censorship

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You hit enter, waiting patiently for some information about the White House to come up so you can begin your report for Social Studies. The next thing that comes up isn't exactly what you're looking for. Naked women, horses, whips, and other devices commonly used for sexual acts of dominion and bestiality pop up on your screen. You know your not supposed to see that, but there's just a little bit of curiosity that makes you look around to see if anyone is watching. You continue on to see what else is behind that screen. This is a commonly found scenario of Internet Pornography.

Pornography is defined in the Encarta Encyclopedia as films, magazines, writing, photographs, or other materials that are sexually explicit and intended to
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With the loss of a spouse, the viewer then turns back to the pornography (Cline). Every addiction demands a first step, and unfortunately, there are no harmless addictions.

Although Odysseus and the Sirens are known as a part of Greek mythology, the Sirens' song lured them over the edge where there was no turning back. While not every person who drinks is an alcoholic and not everybody who looks at porn is addicted, indulgence in anything leads to greater indulgence.

Ted Bundy, a serial killer of possibly 31 young women, just hours before his execution, stated, "You are going to kill me, and that will protect society from me. But out there are many, many more people who are addicted to pornography, and you are doing nothing about that" ("Effects..."). Here, we have a convicted serial killer telling us to do something about this problem and we argue the fact whether or not pornography is harmful.

After the White House, porn scene popped up, a familiar warning came up on the computer screen: "You must be 18 to enter." Does anyone really think this method keeps kids off adult sites on the Internet? "All you have to do is say 'Yes, I am 18,' and you're in." says Janet LaRue, director of legal studies for the Family Research Council, a conservative activist organization in Washington. "It's an attractive nuisance (Voedisch).

With more than 43 million households using the internet in 1999, 22 million of those being children and teenagers (Cline), there needs to

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