So, Wait, Is .xxx Good Or Bad For Kids?

from the you've-got-us-all-mixed-up-now dept

It would appear that we now have two different groups of politicians, both of whom are trying to appear more "protective of our children" tossing around a political football concerning the .xxx top-level domain. Back in December, the US administration stepped in and pressured ICANN not to approve .xxx for adult sites, after conservative and religious groups protested such a red-light district online as "legitimizing" such content -- and, of course, this was bad for the cause of "protecting our children." Meanwhile, earlier this month, some US Senators started pushing a bill that would force the creation of such a domain and require all adult content sites to reside there. Again, this was put forth as a way of "protecting our children." So, for those of you who expect the government to parent your children for you, .xxx is either the best thing or the worst thing for protecting your kids. Meanwhile, ICANN, who is supposed to be making this decision on its own and who is also supposed to be separate from the US government, had planned to meet on this again this week, with approval of .xxx expected. Except... US officials have again stepped in to force ICANN to hold off, thus showing that ICANN doesn't seem to have quite the independence it claims to have. As the discussion on this continues, expect to hear over and over again the importance of protecting our children -- but who protects our children from ridiculous political battles?

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Mar 2006 @ 4:45pm

    God, why are people so uptight about this? Animals have sex all the time. As long as the kid isnt having it with anyone without protection whats the problem?

    In other countries, sex is seen as part of nature, but here, noooo! Even a pair of breasts are seen as the spawn of satan. EVERY WOMAN HAS BREASTS. And its not like they'll NEVER see that in their lives. Jesus Christ, what are we, Sexophobics?

    If your kids ask you about, tell them. If they don't, don't. If it's against your religion, explain it to them Children are not THAT DUMB. If you arent religious, then why is everyone so scared of it?

    You dont have to change all the site's names to .xxx just because a few people can't sit down with their children and talk like human beings, let alone PARENTS.

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