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Swedish Feminists Force Military to Ban Porn

Swedish Feminists Force Military to Ban Porn
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Jul 29, 2006 6:04 AM PDT    Text size: 
STOCKHOLM – In what could signal a turnaround in an otherwise sexually liberal country, a group of feminist have succeeded in convincing the Swedish military to ban porn from its bases.

Disputing the claim that pornography is neither harmful nor degrading to women, the feminist organization also convinced the military to bar government officials from staying in hotels that provide in-room porn programming.

The Swedish military typically is entrusted with booking hotel rooms for government officials.

The military has defended its actions as being an effort to create a more protective environment for female recruits.

Sweden’s efforts to rid its military of porn was applauded by Pat Trueman, the former head of the U.S. Justice Department's Child Exploitation Unit, who said he hoped to see more countries ban porn as well as dispel the belief that “pornography is a victimless crime.”

"The Swedish military was confronted by a feminist organization that urged [acceptance of the fact] that pornography harms women [and] causes men to think harmful thoughts about women and [to] abuse women," he said. "If the feminists throughout the world ... wake up to the fact around the world that pornography is a harmful element in society, I think this could have a multiplying effect."

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