Playboy, Penthouse and other sex-themed magazines will no longer be sold at Army and Air Force exchanges _ a move described by the stores’ operators as a business decision based on falling sales, and not a result of recent pressure from anti-pornography activists.
The 48 “adult sophisticate” magazines being dropped are among a total of 891 periodicals that will no longer be offered by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at its stores on U.S. military bases worldwide.
Good news is the Navy and Marine Corps haven’t dropped anything yet. With different deployment schedules and different institutional cultures, hopefully they don’t.
Remember, though, Hagel already declared war on pinups and is out to make the military into something else.
Morality in Media, a Washington-based anti-pornography group, called the decision “a great victory” in its campaign against sexual exploitation in the military, and said it would continue to urge operators of Navy and Marine Corps exchanges to follow suit.
Ah, yes, morality enforced by government, in this case, removal of products by a government-run store.
Hopefully the first part of the story is correct and this is an economic decision and not a morality one. Given Hagel’s declared war on pinups, I’m very skeptical of the explanation. If falling sales dictate removal of titles, that’s the market making a decision. If it’s Morality in Media and other anti-freedom groups pushing for further restriction on morale-improving leisure materials (I won’t say reading) and being successful as it dovetails with Hagel’s politically correct agenda, they fall in the same category as any other group that wants more state control.
They’re just going to “nudge” people into proper behavior with coercive paternalism. Government orders you to eat your vegetables. Government orders you to work harder. And government says put a coat on, it’s chilly out.
As usual, Col Kurtz had this to say:
We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!