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Soldiers Say Porn Ban May Hurt Morale

posted 5/6/2008 11:21:41 PM |
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What the hell is the military coming to. Just saw this on the site and is from an article in the Stars and Stripes that came out May 05, 2008.

GRAFENWOHR, Germany -- Legislation that would restrict the sale of certain men's magazines on U.S. military bases around the world would be bad for morale, according to soldiers at Grafenwöhr.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., has introduced legislation that would close a loophole in the current law that allows the sale of some sexually explicit material on military bases by lowering the threshold required to deem material "sexually explicit."

A Department of Defense committee that reviews materials sold on bases ruled last year that magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse are not pornographic. But Broun's Military Honor and Decency Act includes language that could make those magazines eligible for the ban.

The prospect of missing out on men's magazines was not welcomed by soldiers at Grafenwöhr.

"We all read 'em," said Pfc. Paul Rubio, 31, of Bakersfield, Calif. "There are times we just read 'em for the technological parts like the new gadgets that come out. They have good stories sometimes too."

Sgt. Simon Brown, 34, of Daytona Beach, Fla., said men's magazines build morale. "It's not all about the pictures, although 80 percent of it is," he said.

Pfc. Greg Smith, 21, of Northboro, Mass., a regular Playboy reader, said soldiers should be allowed to buy nudie magazines at the exchange.

"Playboy is good entertainment while you are on the can. They have jokes and good stories," he said.

Like the guys say, they just read them for the articles and have something to read while they're sitting on the can.
Well that was the only reason I ever bought one.

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May 6 @ 11:25PM  
What will they come up w/ next to ban ....

May 6 @ 11:27PM  
RR I do not know what it is that they do that is worse, ban or tax.

But then again if they taxed a man by the length of his dong wonder how many inches a man would say he has then?

May 6 @ 11:28PM  

May 6 @ 11:28PM  
what happened to reading comic books and smoking hash?
Playboy? - Penthouse?
what's up with that?

May 6 @ 11:35PM  
For any non-military people - There are some places where a man can't get a woman, a porn mag is all we had.

May 6 @ 11:43PM  
I use to get playgirl in the mail...And I love to read the stories..Yeah I would sneak a peak at the pictures but I like to read the stories more..I know you are thinking "Yeah I bet" But it is true...

May 6 @ 11:44PM  
Next they will ban birth control pills for all but restricted medical use, this will be followed by a ban on condoms for all but gun barrel use, and finaly a strict ban on masturbation (once again) for all but medical use (doc says it prevents prostate cancer).

Realy, that is where we are going...oh and somewhere in between all this, theyre going to ban all but judeo christian practices on base...which will then be contested in court... members of the right such as bush have already vocaly spoken out against pagen practices on base...what do you think comes next?

Of course alot of what happens depends on the political climate in your vote realy does affect this shit.

May 6 @ 11:48PM  
just another dickheaded politician trying to legislate our morals. hell, all any young military man wants to do is drink and fuck. i don't care what their mothers say. or what they profess in front of a camera when mom or wife is likely to see them.

May 6 @ 11:55PM  
I'm not in the military and already my morale feels a bit hurt.

May 6 @ 11:55PM  
My sister (who is a fairly well published magazine journalist and editor) tells me that playboy hires some of the best writers in the world to do articles and anthologies for them. New york times best selling authors are routinely included in playboys offerings. The autobiography " How to Talk Dirty and Influence People" (by lenny bruce) was apparenlty first published in serialized form by playboy... you can't say they haven't been culturaly relevent.

Who I mean it, has anyone actualy bothered to read the dam thing?

May 6 @ 11:59PM  
Holly you are just too funny

May 7 @ 12:21AM  
Graf is a very dull place the guys gotta have something to read/look at!!!! I think the army is getting way to soft like a 80yr old dick with no viagra!!!!!

I am speaking from personal experiance with the army not the 80 yr old dick.

May 7 @ 12:52AM  
Click ~ looking at the pics in Playboy & Penthouse, looking at comics and smoking weed went out with the all volunteer Army. When I enlisted during in processing I saw them pass a boy that was so cross-eyed he could look straight foreword and read the chart in the line to his left. If you breathed they passed you so I’m not sure that everyone could read so they were either faking it or looking at the pics. But today’s military is more sophisticated; they take regular piss tests and are HS grads. We know they teach them to read in the school systems today so when they tell me they’re buying them to read the articles I got to believe them. (Before anyone gets pissed I come from a long line of serving & supporting the military so there is some truth & tongue in cheek there)

PP ~ We got paid once a month back then and every month before you could get paid you had to watch this gross film with guys that had every kind of STD you could imagine (ever see a flick with a man that had blue balls and no dong) After looking at that flick you weren’t sure if it was safe to take the mag to the john and flong the dong.

Aly that’s one of the reasons I love ya. You are always doing things for me. You not only comment but write my reply to it. “I know you are thinking "Yeah I bet"”

Beef & Sawdust you got it. Both parties will try and eliminate sex & porn. The Republicans will try and ban it and the Democrats tax it out of existence. They need to look at the Shakers’ religious belief about the separation of the sexes. Huuuum, wonder why we don’t have any Shakers today?

Pleasure if the blog didn’t get all your morale then I’m sure ^^^^^^^^ the above will get what remains

missweet how true, how true. Sounds like you spent some time there.

May 7 @ 2:33AM  
Women never get this argument on "porn" and my "morale".

Swyeter, let me help you set the bar low on this one.

I was a soldier.
I liked (like) porn.
I like it free.
I like it free in lieu of the real deal.
I don't like getting shot at, and not having porn.
I don't think that is fair.

I like Playboy.
Playboy has neat articles.
Playboy has more articles that I would consider "real" in there than "real" women, and hence, the pictures they are in.
I like fake boobies, and fake blondes, and real articles.
I always skip the "jokes" section.
I like that Playboy constantly reminds me and shows me women I will never get to have sex with, brings "humble" to a new level.
It is a matter of man-taste.

I like this blog.
I like Swyeter.
He likes Playboy, but publicly, is nice to you.
I like that.
I like car salesman.

May 7 @ 2:03PM  
KDL the only thing worse that being shot at and missed is being shot at and hit.

But even that can get worse.
You could be shot at and hit and wake up in a hospital with an ugly male nurse.

But even that can get worse.
You could wake up in a hospital with an ugly male nurse with your arms & legs missing.

But even that can get worse.
You could wake up in a hospital with arms & legs and middle limb missing.

No matter how bad it gets it could always be worse. Too many people today want to play the victim and seek pity. When that doesn’t work they wallow in self pity. I went to school with a star athlete who had several college scholarships offers. He got drafted in the 60’s, went to Nam and lost both legs and arms. I remember years ago someone trying to tell him how bad life had treated him and he said, “Oh, it ain’t been so fucking terrible; at least I still got my balls and dick and can tell someone when I got a hard on or my nose itches.”

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Soldiers Say Porn Ban May Hurt Morale