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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    Ben McNelly, 29 Mar 2006 @ 6:33pm

    Bottom line, you cant fix it. Its broke...

    You wanna know what this is about? Its about Money, as always. That's right money. Think I am wrong? Off my rocker? Hear me out...

    #1 - we cant make sites (and never will) move to the .xxx domain. There will always be porn sites on .com/org/net/us/insert_anything_that_is_purchasable_here...

    #2 - Porn industry is not as big as they make it seem, but there's always room for growth. Growth that's partially hampered by the stigma of putting crap out on the .com/net whatever sites. .xxx, would just make it that much easier / available to make and market sites.

    #3 - Yes .xxx would legitimize porn. Not that its not legitimate now, just that it becomes more of a cultural norm. Why just the other day I saw a porn site, and yep those were legitimate boobies. That's not what I mean. It makes porn mainstream/more acceptable and the fact is its not. Its not ethical, its not healthy, its degrading...

    4# - We cant escape the fact though that there are more people addicted to porn than ever. These people need/want their fix. If you want its there, easy to find, easy to hide... There is sooo much more money to be made here. THATS why we "need" .xxx

    5# - You think my space is bad now... Wait till your kid can start sallyswebcam.xxx and nobody will know. (except daddy of course, cuz he cant stop jerking off...) People get down on parents because they don't know how to parent. OK fair enough, but remember these "parents" are the illiterate generation. Just enough to know the internet is evil, but stupid enough to pay for their porn.

    6# - The people who lobby for this as "protection" are morons. IF YOU WANT PORN, YOU CAN GET IT... If you spent more time changing the way culture portrays sexuality to young people you would make a difference. This is the condom approach to the internet.

    - "Well we taught them in school, news, movies and music that there are no absolutes, do what feels good, you are free to behave anyway you want sexually... just use these condoms and take this morning after pills...

    - Oh my look over here, this porn thing is getting out of hand! Give em more condoms! "uh, that doesn't work on computers.." Well, then filter it somehow!...

    ----------------

    Bottom line, you cant fix it. Its broke. We are all broken.

    There's only one answer to this problem. And .xxx isn't even close...


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