Sale of pornography will end on Army and Air Force bases

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  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    The annals of ruined marriages are filled with "sophisticated" and "mature" souls who "can handle it". Don't flatter yourself. Put it away.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    Aug. 5, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    @Chris B

    You are ok with porn in moderation? The problem is with some people, porn is not usually taken in moderation. Its highly addictive.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 7:21 p.m.


    Yes! How dare they take away someone's right to go off base and buy... oh wait, they didn't take any rights away. lol, I almost forgot.

  • uwishtoo MESA, AZ
    Aug. 2, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Seriously? The morality police have nothing better to do with their time and efforts? What's next? Limit an soldier living on base from the internet porn too? Butt out plain and simple.

    This reeks of a total violation of rights

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    The military has had an antidrug policy for decades but that hasn't stopped the flow of alcohol at the various outlets, clubs, and special events for officers and enlisted personnel.

    I have sat on boards where personnel used their rank and influence to coerce underlings into activities that are not permitted but what the military does with those boards and decisions is not always enforced. They have allowed promiscuity in the military for generations, overtly and covertly.

    This may be a start to ensure that even the Academies and the officers that graduate from those schools paid for with public money have a different state of mind about abuse and domination over their personnel.

    It is a good start if it is actually enforced. The U.S. Postal Service is considering sending alcoholic beverages by mail now that they figured they can make $50 million a year from people sending alcohol through the mail.

    Alcohol and pornography don't make a good blend for the military serving in close and remote locations under extreme conditions. The Army's phrase of a "a few good men and women" was not without their vices.

  • small town granny small mining town, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    I will never understand why degrading and immoral media is labeled as "adult sophisticate" or "Adult only". When will someone have the courage to label garbage as garbage, "unfit for human consumption"? I can't help but feel true "Adults" would choose something equal to the label of adults. Immature people choose to be "entertained" by filth, not adults.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Aug. 2, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has defined pornography using the "standards of the community". Walt Disney's "Bambi" wouldn't make it in Times Square. Nevertheless, "Playboy" is not pornography. There are arguments in regard to both sides of the issue in regard to "Penthouse". This is all about pressure from sexual harassment groups. As someone who served in the Navy on board ship, you will never be able to turn the U.S. military on foreign soil into a "bunch of choir boys". You have to channel the aggression and not obliterate it. The placement of "Plan B" medication on the shelves for eleven year old girls is okay while the reading of "Playboy" by adult males is not. There is something really wrong with this picture.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Aug. 2, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    I personally don't care to view pornography, not because I think it's immoral or degrading (I don't) when the participants are consenting adults but because I find it so boring. Even more boring than basketball and for me that's saying something. That being said I don't think it's a big deal that pornography will not be available for purchase on military bases. There are many avenues that make it readily available to those that wish to view it.

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    Airmen, soldiers, Marines and sailors by regulation cannot access pornography via DoD computer systems but that doesn't stop pornographic images being sent via email attachments and so forth. Most Air Force computers have firewalls that will block x-rated URL's and for the most part the system works. With the advent of online pornography, access is a lot more discrete than walking into the exchange and pulling a magazine off the rack and therefore the sale of actual magazines has to be considerably down.

    When I joined the Air Force twenty three years ago, the section that I was assigned to right out of basic and tech school had lockers and desks full of pornographic posters and images. That was the culture and nobody seemed to be any worse for wear, but as times have changed and as the military is focusing on the pervasive onslaught of sexual assaults within its ranks, I have no problem seeing these magazines pulled from the shelves. There will still be issues of FHM, Maxim, and all of the tattoo magazines being sold which are in actuality soft porn.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic,

    You posted: "People who would give their life to defend their country, should be treated as adults."

    I agree. Adults are fully capable of going off base to buy stuff. Any compelling interest in putting this on base would only be treating them as if they weren't adult enough to go get it in the first place. Treat them like adults and let them decide for themselves what they want to do. But treating someone like an adult and respecting their choices has nothing to do with our right to choose not to sell it in certain locations.

    I believe in honor and virtue and that porn has little to do with either. So do many other Americans. There is nothing criminal about not selling porn on grounds instituted and operated by the people. There is however, something many consider honorable and virtuous by not. Therefore, we're choosing not to.

    I believe most people, whether they agree or not, would also be very adult not to complain about something so trivial. It's one thing to debate the legality of porn, but where it's sold? Pardon the pun, but grow up.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    This is a good move for men and women in the military. They have full access to online pornography and have government access lines for that. It is a shame that this type of access is available for men and women in mobility status in close and workplace conditions as they are working 24-hours a day in some places, even though not completely free to go downtown.

    Pornography is not good for anyone and for those less than stable I can picture it will blend in with drugs that are legal and illegal.

    Our military appears to have stooped to a lower status if they were allowing pornography in the BX and other locations on a military installation.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 4:46 p.m.


    Although I'm ok with porn in moderation, you seemed to have missed a key part of the article. Despite claims of victory by religious groups, the army says it was due to declining sales. Nothing more. And they agreed with you that these magazines don't classify as explicit sexual material.

    So sorry, your victim card doesn't hold up on this one.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Aug. 1, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Small victory since they can access much more explicit evil on laptops.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    People who would give their life to defend their country, should be treated as adults.
    More moral legislation based on religious beliefs since playboy is hardly porn.
    The human body is not obscene, quit imposing your puritan ideals on others.