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Md. Libraries Worried About Porn-As-Free-Speech Ruling In N.Y.

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Library visitors in Maryland see an “access denied” message when they try to view pornographic websites.  But in New York, thanks to a freedom of speech policy, it’s legal. 

Gigi Barnett reports it’s a move that has libraries here on edge.

Walk into any library in New York and it’s an anything-goes policy.  Visitors there can view full-fledged pornography on public computers.  The library system there says it’s free speech, protected by the First Amendment.  Try the same thing in Maryland, and it’s access denied.

“We can’t accommodate anyone who wants to look at pornography,” said Enoch Pratt spokesman Roswell Encina.

Encina says the library blocks porn to protect children.  The filters are federal law.

“Any public library–including ourselves–that receives federal funding for Internet access, it clearly states that the library needs to put some sort of filters on their computers to prohibit minors from having access,” Encina said.

But in Maryland, it’s not just federal law that blocks pornography from these computers, it’s also state law.

Some library visitors, like Mary Kelly, says illicit websites don’t belong in the public library.

“Pornography is dangerous, in my opinion, for children,” Kelly said.

But others say if it’s contained and controlled, it’s OK.

“Maybe they can have a time limit when the kids aren’t in there or maybe a small section where you can go and look at your pornography,” said Michael Douglas.

Enoch Pratt says about 30 percent of its visitors use the computers.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Ex-Baltimore says:

    I can see both points of view. However, no one should view porn on a public library computer. Kids just don’t need to see that stuff.

    1. Jeff says:

      If the courts side with the perverts then just take comoutors out of the library. They do not have Penthouse or Playboy in the library so why the porno access?

      1. Timothey X says:

        I’ve never been in a library so I don’t know if what you are saying is true. However, subscriptions to those magazines would cost the library money and as far as pornography goes they’re not all that great. I am quite sure there are tons of bad magazines they don’t order. I’m a male model so I do not need pornography like most of you, but if it’s free then why should the library block it?

      2. sheriff says:

        Tinothy X is used to bending over a table in the Library with his best friend behind me named,……Ben Dover!

      3. Frankie Russo says:

        Timothey x. Your comment makes no sense. It may be free, the library is not responsible for providing sexual or pornographic for any one.and shouldn’t have to be.

      4. RICHARD says:

        GOOD POINT

  2. BillyC says:

    I hate this argument about protecting the kids. ALL adults lose a right because parents do not want to supervise their spawn.

    Maybe parents should be required to supervise their offspring when they take them to a public subsidized facility, such as a library. Afterall, librarians are not paid to be nannies.

    1. hvillage says:

      Shame on you, you selfish little whining baby. What a sacrifice you must be making in giving up your porn at the public library…what the he11? I can’t believe it’s even a question. People getting all worked up around little ones? What is wrong with you?!?

    2. DC says:

      @BillyC – if you are going to the library to look at porn, then you’ve got issues. The libraries in my area don’t have privacy screens at the computer stations. The one closest to my house has the computers next to the book checkout counter and just a few paces from the front door. A parent with their kid in line to check out books is only 6 -10 feet away from the computers. It has nothing to do with parents not supervising their kids. Save some money, spend $250 on a Netbook and watch your porn at home. If you don’t have internet at home, go to Starbucks.

    3. Tim says:

      I agree with BillyC. He’s right folks.

      at least the part about “if you supervise your kids, they won’t see porn”.

      I’m not suggesting I’d WANT to see porn in library computers, but the principle issue here is, once again, subpar parenting.

      1. Jenny says:

        Billy C and Tim, WOW, you are exactly the reason some men sicken me. You are complete and utter idiots…..there truly is more to life than porn….imagine it…just try….it is people like you that I pray DON”T PROCREATE….

      2. Mark says:

        Jenny. that’s not what they were arguing, and that’s why you hate men, because you don’t know how to listen. Cheers.

      3. Chester McFurley says:

        …and libraries are supposed to be community, safe places for children to learn. howd you like it if your childs teacher was watching porn at his/her desk? does that fall into the same catagory? free speech then? because the monitor is faced the other way does it matter?

      4. Al says:

        Stupid comment. I’m certainly no prude but the public library is no place for porn. Do they have playboy, penthouse and hustler magazines in the magazine section? I doubt it. The library should be able to determine what it makes available to its patrons.

    4. Jason Ryan Windon says:

      while i agree with you when you say that if you are looking at porn in a public place or library that you do indeed have issues, but i agree with Billy C, if you keep an eye on your kids and dont pass the buck you have nothing to worry about. It seems to be the trend for parents to blame everyone but themselves… and then to sue or seek media attention. discipline your kids, stick to your rewards and punishments, and keep an eye on your kids!

      1. NonnaYaBeeswax says:

        yeah, i’d like to see all the adults whose parents minded them 100% of the time, all the time whenever in public. it’s hard to even mind them 100% of the time in private — and i have a full time babysitter and i am a stay at home mother. if all the people whose irresponsible parents didn’t mind them 100% of the time in public places, especially ones such as the library that specifically cater to children with children’s programs and activities, were to not have been born, i am sure the human race would cease to exist. and maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing as the rest of us who have actually had and raised children then wouldn’t have to listen to BS from people who know nothing about the most difficult endeavor of all time — and i was even a quantitative analyst at a wall street firm. all you good for nothing people who’ve never had children need to shut the H up when it comes to rearing children. you don’t know nuthin about nuthin.

    5. Phinn says:

      I have no desire to go see porn in public… that woudl be kind of akward, but I DO agree that parents should take care of their own children. When did we become a country that takes rights away from adults because some loser who popped out a baby thinks he or she does not have to actually police their own child?
      I agree with you 100% on that billy.

      1. NonnaYaBeeswax says:

        it’s like what that article from the onion stated. if we take away free speech, how do we know who the a-orifices are?

        just keep claiming freedom, rights, blah, blah, blah because everything always has to be about “me, me, me, me” (just substitute my rights, my rights, my rights…) with some juvenile people.

      1. Anony says:

        i understand that you don’t want your kids to see that, but no one asked me if you could have kids. I had not say in whether or not you should bring kids into this world, so why should I have to be punished or restricted because you brought kids into this world? Not saying that I want to look at porn in public, that would be really weird. However, if you know there is a danger to your kids, why aren’t you watching them? You don’t let your kids run around alone in a mall or at a park because someone might take them, why would you let your gets play on the internet without supervision when you know that they could stumble on some perverted website?

    6. guest says:

      If a kid is going to view naked women at a library,it should be only of statues without heads or National Geographic issues of really ugly native women.

      NO PORN IN THE LIBRARY!!

    7. Trinity says:

      Really? Come on, really? Do you have children? Do you put blinders on them like a horse so that they can only see forward? Do you put on a neck immobilizer so that they can’t turn their head left to right? How about bust their eardrums so that they cannot hear? A parent can only do so much to protect their children and computers in most libraries are in public areas that children have to walk by. It would not matter if the parent was there or not. The images are there as well as the sounds and a child’s natural curiosity is going to turn their little head to look at what is on Pedobear’s screen.

      1. Timothey X says:

        Agreed. Parents cannot be expected to be responsible for their children. My parents had a “hands off” policy too.

    8. Stephanie Mauser says:

      why on earth would any normal sane person want to go into a public place full of children to get their rocks off? plz don’t expect ppl to believe that you watch pron for the story lines. if you want to look at nudie pix, fine, but respect those of us who aren’t in the mood in the middle of the day. i wouldn’t want to see you tenting in the library in the middle of the day either, never mind the kids.

      1. Stephanie Mauser says:

        i have no idea why this ended up here, it was a response to a different comment…..

    9. Sad says:

      I don’t pay tax money so you can jack off in a public facility.
      Hey, I’ll tell you what…if it is free speech for you to view porn in public, why not let me express my free speech by walking naked through the library with your face tattooed on my butt? You are an idiot.

      1. Sad says:

        Okay, this reply was to a different person, but you can guess what the original poster said.

  3. Doug says:

    View as much porn as you wish.
    Over half the sites on the internet are porn.
    But not in a Library .
    Not for kids,but I would add,nor is all the ultra-violence either.
    Almost funny how many parents would plop junior down in front a
    blood gory violent movie,yet lord forbid they should see topless woman.
    Just how sick our society has become.

    1. hvillage says:

      Doug, it is a problem with this age of entitlement, sense gratification & selfishness. No one thinks before they have $ex, before they get married and when they have children…if they even considered it, the issues that couples work out ahead of time are things like who’s going to get up and get the bottle for the baby in the middle of the night, how soon can mom get back to her career, which retired family member or group of strangers will take care of the kid while mom and dad are at work. Video games are a wonder for those parents who just wanted the title but not the job… you know, real parenthood revolves around the needs and wants of the children, not trying to figure out ways to fulfill our own personal desires.

      Porn is not educational, it’s not informative, and it is not even entertainment…it is an audio-visual $ex toy and doesn’t belong in the library. I would never let my daughter, in her teen years, go to the library alone if I knew that some pervert was sitting in there getting himself hot and bothered and then what? What does he do? Does he get in his car and drive home and cuddle up to his wife? I don’t hink so.

      Thank you for allowing me to rant….

      1. jenny says:

        hvillage…..Thank you…I couldn’t agree more!!!!

      2. junior says:

        I am wondering how many men will be arrested for indecent exposure, because we know what watching porn does to their little brain.

    2. guest says:

      When I was 12 I could buy cigarettes and rent Faces of Death,but I couldnt buy a playboy.Now Im a single sadist with a bad cough:(

  4. This may be good for some, but.... says:

    One of the big issues that libraries willl have in addition to over-sexed people is computer viruses. Viruses lurk at virtually every “popular” website known to man. Give porn a week & all the library computer systems will be shut down by virus infection. Also, zoning laws state that new adult book stores have to be a certain distance from schools. Now that there is a potential for the libraries to become the adult book stores — well this can create problems…..

  5. Lady Shirley says:

    I was in a public internet cafe one time & the image on the computer the man next to me was using was disgusting. I also saw a man in a public shopping centre with alot of children nearby, with a similar type of image. All computers should have those filters on them and people should only be allowed to view them from home. People should not have to be subject to that sort of stuff in public.

  6. HooDatIS? says:

    I GUESS ITS OKAY TO WHIP IT OUT AND RELIEVE YO SELF TOO
    EXPRESS YO SELF
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/cutting-healthcare-in-a-unhealthy-environment/

  7. A Voice says:

    Just a quick comment…

    If its ok to view pornography on the internet because of freedom of speech, can I also walk naked in to a library in New York for the same reason? Because honestly I don’t see the difference…

  8. j says:

    taking freedom of speech a little too far. Really do not think that is what our founding fathers had in mind. Some things should be private. And whose freedom of speech is it anyway? The computers?

    1. Timothey X says:

      Since they were silent on the issue I would have to assume it is exactly what they had in mind. I have been modeling for longer than I can even remember, maybe 10 years now, and these debates are always so tiresome.

      The founding fathers wanted us to enjoy all of our freedoms and not to have this country run solely by parents who want to let their children run wild in any facility supported by my tax dollars. I have earned my money through male modeling and I am proud of every bit of it!

  9. tylerjake says:

    Who even goes to libraries anymore?! They’re about as relevant as a Fotomat or a record store. However, porn shouldn’t be in there. I can’t believe someone would even try and justify it or see “two sides to the story!”

    1. Timothey X says:

      What should be in a library? Books? Just wait until the parents decide that they do not want their unrestrained children running around a place with books that feature cursing and sex. Then where will you go? They just want a jungle gym where your library once stood.

      I know it sounds extreme, and it is, but I have been a professional male model and as a result I have so much more life expereicne and this is exactly what happens once these people get behind a cause.

  10. smith,christina says:

    i think they should make a area for this separate and take IDs from people. Wheres the American freedom if they are now tring to control a free public library,wheres the American choice

    1. RG says:

      They do have separate areas for viewing porn. It’s called your bedroom or a porn store, NOT the library

  11. todd williams says:

    This is not about parenting skills. This is about the availability of porn in a public place. You have the right to watch whatever you want, but the libraries are not responsible to provide a source for you to view this.

    1. Timothey X says:

      Libraries are not responsible for watching you’re children either – you are. So watch them.

      When you go to a friend’s home to you make them put a filter on every computer in the house? I am a model and I know that working hard isn’t easy, you need to work hard to be a successful parent. This is part of it.

      1. todd williams says:

        Timothey. Stay with the issue. Who cares about your modeling experiences. This has nothing to do with children watching porn or questionable parenting. It has to do with perverts thinking that they have a right to express themselves in a public place.A “friends home” is NOT a public place.

    2. Timothey X says:

      I don’t want my kid seeing religious nonsense anywhere, but they’re subjected to it all the time. Churches, religious books, crosses on your silly necklaces – I find it all extremely offensive, certainly moreso than I find pornography.

      I don’t actually have children, as a model I realy never had time, however, I think you get my point.

      You think children shouldn’t be exposed to pornography, I don’t think children should be exposed to religious symbols – but if I did have kids I would deal with it and explain to them why people celebrate an idea that has caused more deaths in this world than pornography ever will.

      1. Frankie Russo says:

        Timothey X. Again.you continue to miss the point..

  12. M WALTERS says:

    I WILL KICK YOU IN THE FACE ON YOUR SEAT IF I SEE YOU VIEWING PORN IN THE LIBRARY. I WORK TO HARD TO MAKE SURE MY CHILD IS A PRODUCTIVE RESPECTABLE PERSON. THE LIBRARY IS WHERE WE GO TO CHECK OUT BOOKS AND RESEARCH SCHOOL PAPERS. IF YOU ARE VIEWING PORN WHEN IM IN THE LIBRARY KNOW YOU WILL BE KICKED IN THE FACE. YOUR RIGHT TO VIEW PORN IN PUBLIC, MY RIGHT TO KICK YOUR FACE. I WATCH MY PORN AT HOME BY MYSELF OR WITH MY WIFE.

    1. Jenny says:

      The BEST response yet!!! Love it, THANK YOU!!!

    2. G.Orasco says:

      Yes I agree with Jenny. Very good post.

    3. Jamie says:

      this ones great! lol kick em in the face! dirtbags watchin porn in public. jesus what is the world coming too? when i go the library i don’t want to see some guy that disgusts me watching porn that disgusts me. how is watching sex freedom of speech? what? jesus.

    4. Impishbrat says:

      ❤ this post.
      Also remember folks, watch out for the creepy homeless people in smelly socks that camp out in the libraries. My daughter is a volunteer in the homework help center and they have caught people having sex in the bathroom stalls and a guy 'bumping' into gals and groping them.

    5. Renee says:

      @M WALTERS
      woah calm down

  13. FredR says:

    I’m so tired of people using the “protect the children” hammer to deny the constitutional rights for others. If you were really concerned with your children than lobbying for an adult computer area of the library would solve your issue if successful.
    If your real motive is to push your value system on me, remember our constitution sets the playing field to protect me from you. Don’t be so self centered and selfish look for ways to accommodate others points of view instead of trying to change it. Keep in mind that the constitution protects the liberty of the minority from the majority.

    1. Jasmine says:

      It’s your constitutional right to watch porn in the library… Since when? No one is trying to take your right to watch it at home or wherever else you want but not in a publicly funded building meant for all societies use. I have no children, I have nothing against porn I watch it at home with my husband why would we need to go watch it in the library? Porn is for sexual arousal you think it’s your constitutional right to be aroused at a library around children… Seriously pay for internet and watch it at home.

  14. this is crazy says:

    WOW! Way to go NY, way to let these kids learn about sex. Nothing like an 8 year old who knows all the sex position. Yippie! My kid is all grown up. In no time I’ll have my very own 10 year old porn star. Thanks a lot NY!!!!!!!!

    1. sheriff says:

      This is crazy, With an attitude & overprotected mind set they will be porn stars sooner than you think dic head.

  15. Seriously Annoyed says:

    This is something that you should do in private, not public. What’s next? – Are you going to be allowed to touch yourself? Can I say GROSS! If you look at porn in public you should be ashamed of yourself. I can only imagine that the people who do get sexual kicks out of this enjoy knowing that some child or teenager is watching them watch porn. If I ever go to New York I am NEVER touching a computer. I will also embarrass you by screaming, “THIS MAN IS LOOKING AT PORN ON THIS COMPUTER OF NAKED CHILDREN. SOMEONE CALL THE POLICE.” Incidentally, I am also never going to a library again – of all the five books I checked out four had blood stains – really, really gross on a lot of pages. I usually check the books to see if they have any watermarks or blood marks and since they were new I did not bother to check. I’m done with libraries.

    1. sheriff says:

      Seriously Annoyed, Whoaaa, you have more serious problems than porn. Do you ever play with your “Willy” or rub your Cookie”?

      1. NonnaYaBeeswax says:

        i know you have more major more serious problems than any of the above because you refer to parts of the human anatomy with ridiculous words that would titillate fourth graders.

  16. Michelle says:

    I’m all for free speech. AND I believe that porn is perfectly fine for adults. I just happen to believe that public library resources should be used for things like job hunting, research, communicating, checking the news, and so on. I’m sorry, but as much as I believe that adult-content websites should be protected as free speech, and that adults have every right to watch porn (on their OWN computers), it doesn’t belong in a LIBRARY. And yes, there is also the issue of children using those computers. Seriously, who would want to watch porn in a library?

    1. sheriff says:

      Yeah, your all for free speech as long as you approve of its content. Get bent a…hole.

  17. tom4foolery says:

    I think it is comical that people take extreme views and outlandish hypotheticals to heart when discussing things they do not agree with. Right to walk around naked? Right to kick someone’s head in? I believe the article was freedom of speech and porn at the library – not your right to expose yourself nor to cause physical harm. Unfortunately, we live in a country where some parts are more liberal than others which means that people in different parts of the country view the same ‘laws’ differently. If NY has decided it is OK to view porn and you do not like it, then do not go into a NY library. And as per kids – many kids look at porn whether you know about it or not – whether on the computer or at a friend’s house looking at magazines. Also, kids should learn about sex ed at a younger age as kids grow up a lot quicker these days. You want your kid to have unrealistic views of sex up until they are 18? that’s a sure fire way of having teen pregnancy rates going through the roof!

    1. NonnaYaBeeswax says:

      and i am so sure all the teen pregnancies have resulted with teens who never watch porn. cuz ya know, a sexually active teen would never want to look at that stuff. yeah, makes a lot of sense.

  18. Terri says:

    I am married to a recovering Porn addict and the pain that addiction causes like any addiction is inmeasurable. If you are watching porn in a public library stop denying it and get help your addicted and need help. Pornography has led to the worst crime against children and humanity. And if your reading this post and you view porn you know its true and your day of reckoning is coming. You can’t watch your children 24hrs a day, you just hope if they come across Porn they will do the right thing and turn away.

    1. Timothey X says:

      The worst crime against humanity? Wow. I’m a male model so I have had the pleasure of traveling all around the world and there have been far greater atrocities committed than having your husband ignore you and you children because he enjoys some harmless pornography.

      Seriously, have you tried watching it and understanding it? I’m a model and I have met so many people through my job and so many of them judge things without really knowing enough about them. You have to really immerse yourself in something to understand it.

  19. Orlando says:

    tomforfoolery, your name says it all. Fool!! Pornography is not sex education children should learn about. What they will learn is how to take sex without it being offered. Love making is mutual giving done respectfully and with consent. People who participate in pornographic films have low self esteem and low self respect, that is exactly what children will learn.

    1. tom4foolery says:

      I did not say it was sex education, I said that parents should not guard their kids from sex and act like if their children see something remotely sexual then there children are destroyed forever.

      do you know people who participate in porn films to know they have low self esteem? if so maybe your porn friends can give a good educational speech!

  20. Dave L says:

    why do u need to look at porn at the library?

  21. sheriff says:

    Its difficult beating off looking at porn when you have all these little eyes watching you. Mommy says no but let’s her kids run wild, says no porn but watches it with husband & friends in swap parties to get through the wkn’d. Life is tough when you’re a hypocrite.

  22. sheriff says:

    Don’t be so cheap guys. Buy your own computer & look at all the porn you want. The reason you don’t is because you all will get a lockdown virus which these sights are famous for. You really are cheap A$$es.

  23. E. Nashton says:

    Pornography is second-hand prostitution, and in this case second hand public nudity. It destroys lives and marriages, and reduces people to objects for consumption in our minds. I’ve been struggling with it since I was young. It really tugs at our basest of desires, and causes us to waste away our time and our minds. It should not be covered under constitutionally guaranteed

    1. Timothey X says:

      As a male model I feel uniquely positioned to address this comment. I know tons of people from all walks of life and pornography has saved so many more marriages than it has ruined. I know some religious people that could never come to terms with it, but otherwise it really does nothing but help!!!!

      1. sheriff says:

        Timothey X Shut up you little fairy.

    2. Timothey X says:

      Typical ignorant statement from an ignorant person. Shame on you for using that word.

  24. Dan says:

    Leave my kids out of it. I don’t want to see porn on the screens at libraries. If it were my choice, I’d yank the computers out of there before I’d let the filters come off. (Then where will the pervs go next? Home to mama?)

    Also, I find it humorous the comments about getting a virus at a porn site…talk about art imitating life….

    1. Timothey X says:

      I don’t know, I can understand your concern Dan, however, if you watch your children and raise them right you have nothign to worry about. As a male model I have been exposed to so many interesting things and those things that are dangerous or crazy I use as a mechanism to learn more about myself. I guess that’s part of the reason I am so successful as a male model.

  25. Alex D says:

    Let’s just keep the porn out of the library. just cause. Do it home all you want.

    1. Timothey X says:

      Let’s keep those pesky books out too! Kids might find one that you personally find offensive. Just kidding Alex. I’ve been modeling professionally most of my adult life and I just don’t see the sense in this attitude. Parents should watch their kids, and adults should watch porn if they want. End of story.

  26. Helen says:

    Filters block lots of legitimate sites.

  27. James says:

    I am blown away that anyone would think kids need more policing so others can watch porn in public. How about this – let’s create more places where kids don’t need policing or constant supervision. A place where they can learn to find what they are looking for, without hovering parents. As a parent myself, I try to let my kids have freedom to explore without my constant hovering. The local public library should be a place where a child can have freedom (as long as they are respectful) and not be exposed the unhealthy sexual material. How about just having sex in the library – is that the next “Freedom of Speech”?

  28. Anthony M. Ingersoll says:

    If we are going to go at this from a protected speech side, then here is how you do it. First setup a section somewhere out of plain view of the general public. That section would be restricted to persons 18 or older. Set up each of your patrons with a user id and a password. On the server, setup appropriate groups. Designate a group for those who are 18 years or older and lift the restriction on the sites. The other group could be for patrons who object to that type of material and their credentials could be limited by blocking the sites.

    In my personal opinion however, it should not be in the public library.

  29. tom4foolery says:

    i never said all the teen pregnancies are due to kids who do not watch porn. i think if you read (you do know how to read i assume?) my post i mentioned that kids should learn about sex ed (i.e. people complaining that they don’t want their kids to know about sex at ages of 10 or around then) in order to NOT have an unrealistic view of sex. In other words, education of sex is better than complete sheltering of what sex is.

    our society is too much into the ‘shelter them until they are adults’ however then what happens at 18? throw them into the world and expect them to act like adults without any education?

  30. SomePeopleAreJust says:

    I think you have issues if you really need to view porn at a library. This has nothing to do with being a good parent or how you go about parenting. Library computers are in full view from anyone and there is no way a parent could put “blinders” on their children so some moron can view porn. Plus, don’t you have to be 18 to buy porn in most places? You don’t see 10 year olds legally buying a Playboy in a 7-11 do you? So how are you going to open up a library for kids to see? The least they can do is have a separate area that you have to prove your legal age to go view whatever it is you want to see. You people that keep talking about “its all about the parents not controlling your kids” have no argument here and need to wake up, or maybe stop getting mad because you are getting excited about going to watch some porn in public..

  31. thomas says:

    Freedom of Speech comes with responsibility to the Republic. To me that means if a person wants to engage in this type of filth in front of others that may impact their well being, then it’s not right. The person behing the man or woman viewing porn, shouldn’t have to be subjected to (by chance) seeing any type of this bedroom behavior. Porn is a tool of Satan to destroy self-esteem and families. Avoid pornography like you would the plague.

  32. trytoreason says:

    What is pornography? People are so eager to control others! Parents are there to take care of their own kids, not decide for another adult what is or is not appropriate.

  33. David says:

    The library paid for them so follow their rules, OR BUY YOUR OWN. If public officials have been forced to resign over veiwing porn then you should not see it in public.

  34. Tay says:

    I think everyone makes a good point but it is bad forchildren to view such a thing andto say someof us are adults not every adult act their age and think clearly sothere for it is and not a win win situation

  35. Lauren says:

    I used to work at an academic library where pron was allowed under the guise of someone might be doing academic work about it. All it led to were bums from the community jacking off in front of everyone. We had an arrest at least once a month. I’m sorry, even if kids aren’t seeing it, I don’t want to see it either!

    1. Timothey X says:

      Well, it sounds like those bums deserved to be arrested. Kudos for exposing them for the malcontents that they are. As a male model I rarely encounter people like that, but I am quite sure that they exist. It’s horror stories like these that make me glad I am a model and have never had to visit a library.

  36. Timothey X says:

    I’m a professional male model and I am very comfortable with myself and others. I have never been in a library, but it seems like an anything goes kind of place with the free books and things like that.

    At the end of the day this country is about freedom, my parents pretty much let me do whatever I wanted and look at me now – I’m a hugely successful male model.

    Modeling has been an awesome career and I will be lucky enough to retire and do whatever I want with my life. School, libraries, malls, and wherever else children hang out can only take you so far. It’s not like everyone can be a model, but if you can, awesome.

    1. williejoe says:

      Timmy fairy, You are a pure c…….k sucker.

    2. Pete Griffin says:

      Timothey X. What does this have to do with the subject. of this article?

    3. Diane King says:

      Timothey X you’ve got to be a troll. I’m not sure what the heck you’re after, but the constant and repeated references to your male modeling career are tiresome and irrelevant to the story.

  37. Dark Phoenix says:

    I agree about parents needed to watch there children, but the bigger issue here is the safety and the comfort of library patrons. I know that I wouldn’t feel comfortable sitting at a computer next to someone that is viewing pornography not knowing if they are sitting there with their hand down their pants or if they are exposing themselves that would make anybody male or female uneasy. If this is allowed to happen at this and many other libriaries someone could end up getting attacked in the bookshelves by someone that has just viewed pornography it has happened before.

  38. Katie says:

    Why is it just about kids? Maybe other library patrons, library employees, or volunteers don’t want to see it either. Simply disgraceful! If you really need your porn fix that bad, get your own computer and internet connection….

    1. Pete Griffin says:

      Katie.Point well taken!

  39. Lana G says:

    Here’s a tip, avoid the people who have to have their porn; it probably means they can’t find a real person who wants to get near them.

  40. Pete Griffin says:

    I’m glad that there is a state and federal law against this!

  41. Tammy says:

    Heelooooo, Is anyone here really thinking? Who funds the libraries? We do people….Which means that my tax money is providing you with porn. We have a how many dollar deficit in this country and my tax money is going for you to use a public computer to view porn??????? What is wrong with this pic?

  42. Sad says:

    Photos of naked women is not speech. If you wish to say “I feel that women are objects that I use to jack off” then that is your free speech right. To do it in the public library is NOT YOUR RIGHT and it is not free speech.
    What next, little dark rooms so you can go and enjoy you some “free speech” with your pants unzipped? Will they have little hand sanitizer dispensers and kleenexes for your “free speech” pleasure? Then will they have a room where you can lure a child from the YA or childrens section to “speak freely” together? Where is your common sense, people?

  43. Diane King says:

    This whole argument seems absurd to me. They have places that porno can be viewed, adult bookstores and adult toy stores. That’s where this kind of activity belongs. But the library??? I imagine it would be quite disturbing for most people to walk by and see some guy getting all hot and bothered while porn is showing on the computer screen. And I would question the judgement of any guy who would actually go into a library environment and partake in porn viewing.

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