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If We Can Put A Man On The Moon Then We Can Ban Internet Porn


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So says parts of the Icelandic government. If we can manage to put a man on the Moon then surely we can stop people looking at pictures of naked ladies. Or not so much ladies who also happen to be naked. But I do have my doubts about the achievability of this, I really do:

Ogmundur Jonasson, Iceland‘s interior minister, is drafting legislation to stop the access of online pornographic images and videos by young people through computers, games consoles and smartphones.
“We have to be able to discuss a ban on violent pornography, which we all agree has a very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime,” he said.
There’s one major problem there. Over the question of whether pornography is a complement to violent sexual crime or a substitute for it. And yes, this is the way that economists think about such things. Indeed, economists have studied this very thing (as well, presumably, as the normal amount of pornography).

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