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Pornography: The Frightening Tale of the Degration of a 21-Year-Old Male

Reported by Nancy - June 17, 2005 -

Yesterday (6/16) on Dayside, Linda Vester was back with a vengeance! In between the three segments within the one-hour show discussing Natalee Holloway, Vester found time to discuss something slightly more important to her audience: the very serious problem our country is dealing with, something more important than the Downing Street Memo, or the war in Iraq: S-E-X!

Yesterday (6/16) on Dayside, Linda Vester was back with a vengeance! In between the three segments within the one-hour show discussing Natalee Holloway, Vester found time to discuss something slightly more important to her audience: the very serious problem our country is dealing with, something more important than the Downing Street Memo, or the war in Iraq: S-E-X!

Vester's guest was 21-year-old Ben Shapiro, a Harvard student that has written a book entitled "Porn Generation." Ben began the discussion with, "The over sexualization of our culture, I would argue is leading to a live and let live society, where everybody's moral standards are deemed ok. And the problem with that, there are really three problems with that. One is that it makes it more difficult for the moral to raise their children the way they want to, because we all have to live in society together, so as standards are lowered, it means even if you decide to cloister your children your child is still going to have to interact with others  who are not going to be cloistered, who are going to have interactions with this degraded culture. I'd say that there's another problem in that traditional American values that there is such a thing as right and wrong, there's such a thing as good and evil, that there is such a thing as innocence, and it needs to be protected. That's being undermined, I think that's undermining our future and the third thing I think in particularly for my generation, we've all been told that we can set our own moral standards because traditional moral standards are no longer good enough. When that happens we don't have a common future, we do have to live as a society, we do have to live together so we're all living by certain rules. But I think the rules, as they're lowered, there's going to be more and more conflict and it means that each person who's decided, if they get to decide what they want to do, we're inevitably catering to the lowest common denominator and hedonism in particular." He continued, "I always wondered why we shouldn't censor it, what social good is coming from it and what right do people think that they have to view this stuff, because constitutionally there's not right."

Comment:  Mr Shapiro is correct, there is no actual constitutional guarantee. Apparently, Mr Shapiro did not fare too well in government class since he forgets a small document entitled the "Bill of Rights". It is the First Amendment which guarantees such a right through the freedom of speech clause. What Mr. Shapiro is advocating is the complete destruction of individuality that our society values so dear. He is arguing for the Christian ideals to be put into place within our society, to protect children from the ungodly and the atheists that may attempt to sway the hearts and minds of the youth away from what he calls "moral values". Not everyone shares Mr Shapiro's values, as he is apparently deciding what is right and wrong based on his religious beliefs. Not everyone in our society shares Mr Shapiro's beliefs, so why should non-Christians be forced to share his values, or follow his agenda?

Vester asked Mr Shapiro: "What would protect, say this 10-year-old boy?" Mr Shapiro responded: "I would say that allowing people to vote for censorship of pornography would be the number one thing in my mind. I think that social stigmas and legislating against this sort of thing are what prevents this from getting to the children and prevents it from really corrupting the society that we live in."

Comments: As this conversation was occurring, the camera was cutting back and forth between the young children in the audience and clips of the Carl Jr's Paris Hilton ad. If Fox is so concerned with this problem, and deems it important enough to run a segment on and ask the question about how to protect the children, why are they SHOWING the commercial to a room that contains these precious children they are so desperate to protect?

The conversation was then opened to the audience and an older woman asked Mr Shapiro: "What made you decide to write this book at your age?" He responded: "I have 3 younger sisters and I got tired after a while of driving down Sunset Blvd and seeing posters and billboards for Jenna Jamison. I got tired of looking in the New York Times and seeing Jenna Jamison on the best seller list. I got tired of watching Mary Carey run for governor in California. I mean this stuff has become so mainstream now, Hugh Hefner on television commercials, Carl's Jr and you see the Paris Hilton commercial. People have to see this stuff every time they log onto the internet. What's going to come up in their e-mail, what's going to come up on their IM?"

Comments: First, he mentions that he is disgusted by the fact that Jenna Jamison is on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The only reason that Ms Jamison would be on this list, is if people are actually purchasing her book. This goes against Mr Shapiro's entire argument of allowing people to vote on whether or not this material should be allowed. If the book is making enough money to become a Best Seller, should that not tell Mr Shapiro that there are enough people out there interested in this type of material?

Second, he mentions the issue of seeing Mary Carey on television and running for Governor. No one dares to mention that Ms Carey was recently hosted at a White House dinner by the holy man himself, President Bush. Apparently this would detract from his argument and Fox would never risk mentioning this during a conversation where they are attempting to portray pornography as causing a decline in our morals.

And last, Mr Shapiro mentions the Internet as a source of the problem, and not being able to monitor what comes into a child's inbox. This responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents in this case. With all of the features that AOL and other companies have come up with in this day and age to protect children from such things, if the parents are not using these filtering techniques, it is their fault, because the technology is available. Throughout the segment, Mr Shapiro's comments went completely unchallenged, and were received with loud applause from the audience.

Reported by Janie