I don't think that asserting a morality external to the individual can solve what you take as moral decline. If a marriage is torn apart by pornography perhaps the better question is: what is wrong with the marriage? Is he turning to porn because of a lack of satisfaction with his partner? Does he have an addiction that he hides and has difficulty controlling? Is there a lack of overall trust and communication? Why does the partner feel threatened by pornography? It is better to ask these questions than to posit a devil on which to hang your hat.
And what is the monster you fear? Yourself? Freedom? Or the lack of a morality that exists beyond yourself?
To Ms. Galasso:
I don't think removing sex from video games will improve anyone's parenting skills. And the odds are if you're little brother has his shorts down he's probably watching the porn you are condemning instead of getting satisfaction from a video game (interactivity has it's limits as any 2 handed person will tell you, pardon my coarseness). I a child's parents have no more self respect and so little control over their child, I think that the video games may only be a symptom in a greater disease.
Which is not to say that impressionable minds cannot be influenced. It is rather a question of which is the strongest influence. If a video game is the strongest influence in a child's life, the influences he or she should be having are absent and the issue is deeper than polygons getting freaky at 60 frames per second.
But are bad parents and bad parenting enough to curtail the desires (if you prefer to rights) of others because of this? One should be slow to limit the freedoms of others, particularly on such shaky grounds.
Just my 2 cents (I should have read more of the thread before my first post....
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