DoD Removes Porn From Army, Navy Base Stores

By:  Dave Bohon
08/08/2013
       
DoD Removes Porn From Army, Navy Base Stores

Following a major campaign by a grassroots morality group, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made an about-face, announcing that it will no longer sell such pornographic magazines as Penthouse and Playboy on Army and Air Force bases.

While it refused to designate the two magazines as porn, following a campaign by the group Morality in Media (MIM) the DoD decided to place Playboy and Penthouse on a list of nearly 900 titles — including 48 “adult sophisticate” magazines (i.e., pornography) — that will no longer be available at Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) stores.

The change came after MIM wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to point out that Section 2495b of title 10 of the United States Code — also known as the Military Honor and Decency Act — “prohibits the sale or rental of sexually explicit material on property under DoD jurisdiction.”

An AAFES spokesman insisted that the decision to pull the smutty magazines had nothing to do with MIM's campaign, but was strictly a business move. Army Lieutenant Col. Antwan Williams said that demand for the “soft-core” porn has decreased by 86 percent over the past 15 years, as people — including military personnel — are increasingly turning to the Internet for all kinds of entertainment and diversion.

“The decision to no longer stock the material is a business decision,” Williams said, “driven by the time, money, and energy required to facilitate buying habits, combined with decreasing demand. Magazine sales are on a sustained downward trajectory due to the proliferation of digital delivery.”

The AAFES cited other non-porn magazines that got the axe, including the Saturday Evening Post and Sponge Bob Comic, their departure making shelf space for electronic devices like smart phones and tablets that soldiers are spending more money on.

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