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Porn

Kathryn, I’m not opposed to all censorship (I only scored 37 on that libertarian purity test after all), and I wouldn’t deny that some of porn’s participants are subject to, at times, vicious abuse (and, when that happens, it should be prosecuted). As for Traci Lords, she was underage in most of the porn movies in which she appeared. That was clearly illegal then, and now. Prosecutions, again, were appropriate. This time the Justice Department seems to be casting its net rather wider:

“In this field office in Washington, 32 prosecutors, investigators and a handful of FBI agents are spending millions of dollars to bring anti-obscenity cases to courthouses across the country for the first time in 10 years. Nothing is off limits, they warn, even soft-core cable programs such as HBO’s long-running Real Sex…”

John Ashcroft has done a good job in fighting the war on terror. That’s where his focus should be. The war on Eros is for later. Or never.

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