Waging War on Internet Pornography

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With the words "Free Porn Sites" and the click of a mouse, one can find access to over 40,000,000 different web sites related to pornography. With just a few more clicks, one can gain free access to any number of offensive, vulgar, and violently presented materials, including, but not limited to, fetishism, rape, mutilation, and child pornography. These images and video clips are not something I wish to view, and they most certainly are not suitable for my children! So how do we win the war on pornography and protect the innocence of our youth and society?

Generally, pornography is defined as sexually explicit pictorial or written material, conveyed through a number of media: books, magazines, film, video, and, most recently, through a number of digital formats which can be viewed with computers. In 1973 (Miller v. California), the U.S. Supreme Court established a three-point test for what is illegally obscene.

It said that the average person, applying adult community standards, must find that the work in question:

1) Appeals to a lewd, abnormal, or degrading interest in nudity, sex, or excretion

2) Depicts or describes sexual or excretory acts in an obviously offensive way or

3) Lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value (Nina G. Hacker, 1997)

Obscene material is not given First Amendment protection. On June 26,

1996, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) enacted by the U. S. Congress, was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton. Less than 10 days later, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the CDA unconstitutional, claiming it violated first amendment rights (William F. Buckley, 1997).

One significant problem we face with this issue is easy access. Twenty years ago, pornographic materials were confined to "adult" bookstores and peep shows. With the advances made in the technological revolution, one can...