one angry girl basically agrees with this. She thinks too many parents are fearfully naïve about the reach of porn, and could be doing much more to monitor their kids’ media intake. There is no convincing reason for letting a child have internet or cable access in their own bedroom. Moving the TV’s and computers to a central location – the family room, the kitchen – would surely cut down on a minor’s ability to access porn in the home.
With that said, today we’ve asked parents to do an impossible job, and we haven’t given them much help.
Let’s compare porn to alcohol for a moment. Both are legal substances for adults, but prohibited to children. Imagine you’re the parent of a 12-year old boy, and every night random people barge into your home unannounced and proceed to offer Johnny free tequila shots. Same thing happens when he visits a friend, goes to the library, buys a magazine, or hangs out at the mall. As his parent, you do your best to shoo the tequila people away, but they seem to come back each day, always insisting that they have the right to access your child. You’d like to shadow Johnny at all times to be sure he never drinks the tequila, but unfortunately, you’ve occasionally got other things to do.
Now we could say that you aren’t a vigilant enough parent, that you’re not doing enough to protect your kid from the dangers of tequila. Or, we could ask ourselves, “Why can’t we do something to prevent all these strangers from getting near your child?”
We might say that about alcohol, but we won’t say it about porn. Because we as a society have apparently decided that an adult’s right to unlimited photos of dirty, nasty whores undergoing double anal penetration, and every major media corporation’s right to make a profit off it, supersedes the right of your child to have some semblance of a childhood.
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