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Should Society Tolerate Watching Porn Publicly?

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In this modern era of quick accessibility, it is easy to interact with the internet whenever people want, however they want to, and in any place they please; porn is one of those uses.  Porn has become less of a taboo topic as reports of people watching it in public locations continues to rise. Thus, many shocked and upset people find themselves asking, is that even legal?

In most regions of the world, porn is only partially legal under certain restrictions or completely illegal. But where it is fully legal, shameless viewers of the content are pushing the boundaries on just how legal porn is.

There is no federal legislation against watching pornographic content in public places; however, its legality depends on the state you reside in. A San Jose council in California did not pass adding restrictive filters to the city’s public library, despite criticism from concerned parents. Yet in a court of appeals case in Wisconsin, the court found defendant David J. Reidinger — who was viewing porn in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s public library — in violation of the State of Wisconsin’s disorderly conduct policy.

Under current laws, everyone has the right to watch pornographic content. That right, however, it becomes slippery when viewed in public places. The legality of the issue depends on the state’s public policies as well as the policies set by the public location in which the content is being watched.

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Youth is a major component of the debate. Children naturally have wandering, curious eyes — especially to screens now that smartphones and tablets seem to have become necessities rather than commodities. They are susceptible to looking at something that they should not be exposed to. Sex is already flaunted in films, television shows and other media, so normalizing explicit content in public areas only adds fuel to a fire.

Even when one places morality aside, the act is still an issue of inconsideration and a lack of decency. Although it is well known that many people watch pornography on the internet, no one wants to know what type of pornography a stranger enjoys. The comfort and privacy of homes offer people the opportunity to do whatever they please without compromising someone else’s comfort.

Slowly, this nation has leaned towards a more accepting society with the growth of tolerance and this discussion is not necessarily anti-pornography; it’s more of anti-lack of respect. In short, save the urge until you get home.

 

By Cesar Zafra


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