CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

All Porn, All the Time

Jun 27, 2007

Pornography is now everywhere in the Western world. We cannot escape its clutches. Whether in advertising, pop music, magazines, the Internet or prime-time television, pornography has gone mainstream.

What used to be regarded as the domain of sleazy men who

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All Children Deserve Protection from Porn

Jun 25, 2007

Prime Minister John Howard’s decision to clamp down on porn and alcohol in aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to combat high rates of child sexual assault has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the general public. Most Australians rightly believe it

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We can protect our kids

Mar 22, 2006

Labor has announced that it wants ISPs to be responsible for blocking Internet porn, especially to our children. All the media is carrying the story today. But the Liberal Communications Minister Helen Coonan said the plan is unworkable, and computer-based

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Paying the Price of Porn

Dec 2, 2003

In late November the Sexpo experience again came to the city of Melbourne. The four day exhibition is put on by the porn industry. It is primarily an assortment of strippers and porn stars and sex club owners, with a

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The Need to Overhaul the OFCL

Jun 17, 2001

The recent debacle over the classification of Hannibal by the OFLC highlights yet again the need for a major shake-up of our chief censorship body.

After strong public outcry, the gruesome film Hannibal has been given an R rating. This

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Protection From Internet Dangers

Aug 25, 1997

A recent survey found that 2.7 million (41 per cent) of Australia’s 6.6 million households had computers, with between a third and a half of these households hooked up to the Internet. In Victoria, every school is to be online

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Who Censures the Censors?

Jun 15, 1997

Many Australians are mystified and disturbed about the proliferation of pornographic, violent and obscene materials on television, in films and video, in magazines, in advertising etc. Many are also curious as to why our official censors and monitors seem to

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Is Pornography Harmless?

Jul 13, 1996

According to the FBI, the pornography industry in America grosses $10 billion a year. Moreover, there are more outlets for hardcore pornography in America than there are McDonalds’ restaurants. That’s a pretty frightening figure, considering how ubiquitous McDonalds is.

The

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Australian Broadcasting Tribunal Inquiry

Jan 21, 1992

Robert Manne, writing in a recent issue of Time, (Jan. 6), said this about pornography and mass murder: “the fervor over gun control and complacency about censorship are rather odd”. Manne goes on to detail the steady diet of

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