Good news Wednesday: Porn is good for you!
Every study on the relationship between porn and sex crimes concludes that when the availability of pornography increases, the rate of sex crimes either stays static or decreases.
For example, in the United States, there has been a consistent decline in forcible rape over the last two decades. At the same time, porn has flooded the marketplace. Research from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Japan, China, Poland, Finland and the Czech Republic shows a similar correlation.
It is true that just about all sex offenders in societies with liberal pornography laws have previously viewed porn. But so has just about all of the non-criminal males in those societies.
In fact, when comparing rapists to non-rapists in U.S. prisons, the big difference in terms of pornography viewership is that the rapists are more likely than the rest of the general prison population to have been punished for looking at porn as a youngster.
… This is probably the best piece of news I’ve read this morning.
8th-Grader sells pic of naked girlfriend, starts child pornography scandal
A Massachusetts middle school is caught in a sexting scandal after an 8th-grade boy allegedly sold naked pictures of his girlfriend to fellow students for $5 a pop.
Since the girl is only in 8th grade, the photo she sexted of herself and her beau’s financial transactions may violate child pornography laws, police say. The school released a statement pointing out the incident took place off school grounds. That did little to ease parents’ minds. “It’s horrifying, it’s absolutely horrifying,” a mom tells ABC News.
More on this story here.
UK Study Warns of ‘Pornification’
Britain must crack down on nudity and sex on television, in men’s’ mags, and on billboards to prevent the ‘pornification’ of society, a new study warns. The research, commissioned by the government, also rips digitally altered photographs, saying children are being pressured to conform to unrealistic images and gender stereotypes at a young age. Girls are taught they must look ‘hot,’ boys that they must be ‘macho’—ideas that “contribute to the sexualization of children,” the Independent reports.
The recommendations include: banning the sale of so-called ‘lad’s magazines’ to those under 15, labeling digitally altered photographs, keeping sexy music videos off during kid-friendly hours and having local authorities vet outdoor advertisements for sexist content. But a government rep says there are no plans for age-restrictions on mags just yet.
Guy gets caught watching porn at work on live TV (video)
Are you angry that your boss doesn’t let you watch porn during work hours? Well, maybe you should consider moving to Australia and get a career as a banker… As this next video will amusingly demonstrate:
(Our favorite part is the guy’s look at the end, he doesn’t even look ashamed)
Australia wants to ban small breasts and female ejaculation
Any pretense from the Australian Government that its proposed internet filter will not extend to millions of sites has died with news that the Government has banned small breasts and female ejaculation in adult material.
The ban (RC) on small breasted women in adult publications has been made by the Australian Classification Board allegedly on the grounds that such images could be construed as child pornography, even where those publications comply with American law and keep certification that performers are over 18.
Female ejaculation has been banned on the incredible grounds that “the depictions are a form of urination which is banned under the label of ‘golden showers’ in the Classification Guidelines” and/or “Female ejaculation is an ‘abhorrent’ depiction.” Notably here male ejaculation is completely legal under the same guidelines, attracting an X rating in Australia.
The Australian Sex Party argues that “There are over one million sites featuring female ejaculation and for Australia to be banning depictions and discussion of this important issue, takes us back into the Victorian era where they didn’t even believe that women could have orgasms.”
Avatard heaven: Avatar porn coming soon
One of the the highest-grossing films in motion picture history is about to get the porn treatment. James Cameron’s sci-fi epic, Avatar, will become a “blue movie” for real when the feature made into an X-rated parody by Hustler Studios later this year.
The adult film purveyors are planning a porn parody of box office blockbuster that will debut sometime in the coming months, Hustler said in a statement Monday. The news came a day after Avatar won a gong for Best Motion Picture at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. This Ain’t Avatar XXX is among the DVD releases planned by the company this year, following the success of porn parodies of classic features like Star Trek, The Jeffersons, Beverly Hills 90210, and Saved By The Bell.
Man in Jail sues nudie magazine for refusing him a subscription
What, no Penthouse in the big house?
A Florida prison inmate is suing the nudie magazine because it refused to send a subscription to him behind bars.
Jorge Niebla, who is serving 13 life sentences for kidnapping and armed robbery, filed the two-page suit in handwritten block letters to Manhattan Federal Court.
“[I] would like to purchase the magazine … but staff are being predjudice and don’t have respect for my basic rights,” Niebla wrote in the bizarre filing.
Penthouse couldn’t be reached for comment.
A judge last week ordered Niebla to fill out a form to get a waiver of the $350 filing fee.
France’s highest court rules that man couldn’t be fired for downloading porn to his work computer
In a surprise ruling last month, France’s highest court — la Cour de Cassation — ruled that an employee was wrongly dismissed for downloading smut to their work PC.
The employee, known only as “Monsieur X”, was fired by Peugeot Citroën Automobiles in June 2002, after an internal investigation found that he had saved to hard disk a folder called “enculade43.zip”, which contained 60 pornographic images and two files featuring animal sex (presumably what one-time President Charles DeGaulle referred to as “le chien au lit”).
Peugeot justified the sacking on the grounds that it had put out various guidance notes over the years exhorting employees to “refrain from attacks on the personal dignity of their co-workers, and to exhibit the highest moral standards at all times”.
Their decision was upheld first by le conseil de prud’hommes and again in March 2008 at the Rennes court of appeal. The latter noted that by storing these images on disk, the employee was effectively harassing other employees, as well as running the risk of damaging his employer’s image.
He then took the matter to the Cour de Cassation. The two chief grounds for contesting his dismissal were that Peugeot had no right to access his files, as they were personal; and that passive use of an IT tool for limited personal ends was not a contravention of his terms of contract, so long as this practice did not impact his performance.
To the surprise of many, the second argument was upheld.
While this ruling, announced on December 8, 2009, would appear to give French employees a green light to download filth and frolics to their hearts’ content, the court was clear that it has limited application.
If Peugeot had been able to demonstrate that the downloads had impacted on performance in any way, because the employee was busy doing things he should not during his working day, that would be grounds for dismissal.
Equally, it was determined that size mattered: if the downloads were so big that they interfered with the proper functioning of the system, or came with viruses attached, that also would be grounds for dismissal. Finally, if the content was itself illegal (featuring child abuse, perhaps) or if the terms of employment had specified more closely what an employee could – and could not – download, then Peugeot might have succeeded.
As it is, none of the above appear to have been the case, leaving Monsieur X in the clear – and in line for the receipt of (modest) damages.
This leaves the French position (shush) on workplace porn just that bit more liberal than the UK one, where the default assumption appears to be that smut is de facto evidence of sexual harassment (a bad thing!) or inappropriate conduct (also a bad thing) and in either case, perfectly good grounds for dismissal.
In addition, since the inception of the law on extreme porn, the possession of images involving acts of extreme violence in a sexual context or animal porn are criminal in and of themselves.
The very first conviction for extreme porn was of an individual found to have downloaded animal porn on to his workplace computer.
Under UK law, as presently constituted, Monsieur X would face criminal charges and almost certainly be fired – with little hope of redress.