Essay on The Government Should NOT Censor Pornography

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Very few of us are strangers to pornography. Definitions and opinions aside, in each of our lives there was a moment when we first encountered that particular book or image or movie which forever skewed our conventional view of sex. After our introduction to pornography, sex just didn't seem as clean, serious or sacred. It became clumsy, juvenile, or simply laughable. I first became an acquaintance of pornography at the age of thirteen during a summer visit to my uncle's bachelor bungalow. In the bottom drawer of an old chest I found some moldy old copies of Hustler Magazine. Realizing that my uncle had long ago forgotten about the impressionable contents of this chest, I sneaked the unfamiliar material back home and marched straight to …show more content…
I must concede that there is probably no cause more noble, and I sincerely respect the concerns and actions of such parents, just as I would have respected any action that my mother would have taken had she become aware of my prurient awakening.

But it is often these parents, lost amid the fervor of their convictions and their imposing sense of family duty, who exceed the proper boundaries of actions. The extreme admiration that I have for individuals who remain true to their parental duties turns to admonition when those same individuals forget their proper civic duties by seeking hasty solutions for personal problems through the establishment of strict laws concerning indecency and the censoring thereof. The well-known feminist, Susan Brownmiller, writes in support of government involvement on the issue, rationalizing that "to buy a paper at the comer newsstand is to subject oneself to a forcible immersion in pornography" (37). Her sentiment is understandable, and considering the blatant and open use of sex today in a host of accessible media, most notably the Internet, it is undeniably a valid problem for parents.

However, even in the most glorious crusades with the worthiest of causes, the ends cannot always justify the means. As responsible citizens, we should endeavor to seek the best possible solution to our problems, while not going further than necessary. In the case of

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