Home > Features > Young People Diss First Amendment; Porn Arrests Continue • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Young People Diss First Amendment; Porn Arrests Continue

Young People Diss First Amendment; Porn Arrests Continue

July 30, 2013
Text size: 
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
Yes, but in a few years
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.

" Can you name the five rights guaranteed by the first amendment? Only 2/3 of Americans can name one. -Dr. Marty Klein "

Since 1997, the First Amendment Center has supported an annual survey of American attitudes about the First Amendment.

Can you name the five rights guaranteed by the first amendment? (See below *) Only 2/3 of Americans can name one. After freedom of speech, familiarity with the First Amendment (FA) drops dramatically. Over 1/3 of Americans can’t name any of the rights it guarantees.

On the positive side, almost 2/3 of Americans say the FA does not go too far in protecting freedom. But 1/3 say it does. Perhaps most disappointingly (and dangerously), half of 18-30-year-olds agree that the FA goes too far in the rights it guarantees. African-Americans and Hispanics are equally dubious—1/2 of each group say it goes too far in its protections.

And yet 3/4 of 18-30 year-olds say musicians should be allowed to sing “offensive lyrics.”

One wonders if these young people, Blacks, and Hispanics understand exactly what the FA protects. You want to criticize your Congressmember? It protects you. You want to worship rabbits, the sun, or Rush Limbaugh? It protects you. You want newspapers, websites, and TV to be able to investigate and report the news? The FA guarantees this right. You want to get a few dozen of your neighbors together and march to City Hall to protest the George Zimmerman verdict? You can.

You want your favorite musician to be allowed to sing “offensive lyrics,” right? In Russia, the members of Pussy Riot will be in jail until they’re sick and forgotten.

People who say the FA goes too far in protecting our rights presumably mean other people’s rights. I’ve never heard someone say “I shouldn’t be allowed to worship my own oddball religion,” or “My songs are so radical I shouldn’t be allowed to sing them in the park.”

I’m in no way a conspiracy theorist (after all, never attribute to evil what can be explained by stupidity). But surely our government doesn’t mind that half of our young people and largest ethnic minorities don’t understand just how far their rights are protected—and why it’s so absolutely essential that they are.

Speaking of which, do people who diss the FA understand that without it, their porn is gone? Their video games are gone, their Daily Show is gone, even their tattoos are in danger? And did I mention their porn is gone? And that without the FA, Mormonism could easily be outlawed, and evangelical Christians could be zoned out of building churches? And did I mention that porn would be gone?

Speaking of porn, yet another poor clerk was arrested May 7 for selling porn DVDs in a Florida convenience store. Fortunately, Minakashiben Patel was able to get pro bono representation from super attorney Larry Walters, who reminded Polk County, Florida of that First Amendment that 60 million Americans think protects us way too much.

Still, the state only agreed to drop the case if Ms. Patel “donated” $2,000 to the Drug Abuse Prevention Fund. And even then, she won’t get back the DVDs seized by police, another financial burden. In fact, attorney Walters couldn’t even learn the titles of the confiscated movies, because they’re treated as contraband.

Sheriff Grady Judd’s stated goal is to eliminate pornography from Polk County. One day he will die. But there will always be another generation of Sheriff Judds to replace him. That’s why we’ll always need another generation of attorneys like Larry Walters, and another generation that can name, and support, the extraordinary protections of the First Amendment.

* Freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, freedom to petition the government, and freedom of speech.

Dr. Marty Klein can be reached at Klein@SexEd.org. He is a Certified Sex Therapist and author of Sexual Intelligence.


2017 XBIZ Webstar of the Year Harriet Sugarcookie Dares to Evolve

Start with a heaping helping of charming personality, sprinkle a dash of delightful quirky antics, then lather the final product with a whopping dollop of sensual sweetness… and what do you get?... More »

2017 XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year Reigns Supreme

It’s easy to see Aubrey Kate now — the modelesque, blonde bombshell — and dismiss her recent awards in the erotic arts as inevitable. It’s easy to say that she was simply born with... More »

WIA Profile: Carmen Miller-Branch

Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Access the latest issues of the industry's leading trade publications in digital form. View online or download for offline viewing.


XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida

XShow 18+ 2017

Jun 01 - Jun 03
Moscow, Russia

Cam Summit

Jun 02 - Jun 04
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!