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Annie’s Mailbox: Pornography not same as nude bodies

Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell Creators Syndicate

Dear Annie: Please reconsider what constitutes pornography. In my opinion, simply looking at nude bodies in magazines or on the Internet is not pornography. If it were, then some of the greatest works of art should be banned.

What I believe constitutes true pornography is viewing sexual acts or specific parts of the body in a sexual way. Also, you might consider the fact that many older men use milder forms of so-called porn (girlie magazines, for example) to “charge” their batteries, which can benefit their partners. If this helps them only at home, what is the crime? – Nude Bodies Are OK

Dear Nude: There is a difference between nudity as art and nudity for prurient purposes. And girlie magazines are fairly benign compared to what’s on the Internet these days. Our problem is with the photos that demean or exploit women or airbrush them into such a state of perfection that men can no longer appreciate real women. And those are just the photographs.

But our concern is not about using pornography (of any type) to augment what goes on in the bedroom between consenting adults. It’s when viewing pornography becomes addictive and interferes with intimacy in the marriage or leads to virtual affairs.

Dear Annie: Is there any chance that “Sick of Xenophobes” was working at my drive-thru window? I once gave my order through the speaker, and when the person repeated it back to me, I didn’t understand a word of what was said. I repeated the order slowly and assumed it was what was repeated back to me, even though I couldn’t make it out. But when I got home, there was nothing in the bag that I had ordered.

Perhaps the person with the thick accent had as much trouble understanding me as I did them. – Sorry Someone Was Rude to You

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