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Pornography in the Military

 In ARTICLE 134, ARTICLE 92, Blog

Pornography can be a problem in the military, as it is in any other workplace or organization. The use of pornography can contribute to a culture that is disrespectful to women and can create a hostile work environment. Additionally, the use of pornography on government computers or networks can be a violation of military regulations and federal law. Child Pornography on personal computers is also against the law.

The military has taken steps to address the issue of pornography and other forms of sexual harassment and assault. For example, the Department of Defense has established policies that prohibit the possession or distribution of sexually explicit material on military installations, and military personnel who violate these policies can face disciplinary action, including court-martial. The military has also implemented training and education programs for its personnel on sexual harassment and assault prevention and response.

In recent years, there have been high-profile cases of sexual harassment and assault in the military that have brought increased attention to the issue. The military has responded with initiatives aimed at preventing sexual harassment and assault, improving the reporting and investigation of such incidents, and providing support to victims.

While pornography can be a problem in the military, it is important to note that most military personnel conduct themselves with professionalism and respect for their fellow service members. The military continues to work towards creating a culture that is free from harassment and discrimination, and where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect.

How does pornography drive disrespect toward women?

Pornography can drive disrespect toward women in in the following ways:

Objectification: Pornography often portrays women as objects of sexual gratification, rather than as human beings with thoughts, feelings, and desires of their own. This can lead viewers to see women as nothing more than sexual objects, rather than as full, complex human beings.

Normalization of violence: Many pornographic videos depict violence against women, such as slapping, choking, and other forms of physical aggression. When viewers are repeatedly exposed to this kind of content, they may begin to see it as normal and acceptable behavior.

Inequality: In many pornographic videos, men are portrayed as dominant and in control, while women are portrayed as submissive and passive. This reinforces gender stereotypes and can lead viewers to believe that women are inferior to men.

Sexualization of children: Some forms of pornography involve underage performers or depict sexual acts with children. This not only encourages the sexual exploitation of minors, but also normalizes the idea that children are sexual objects.

These factors can contribute to a culture that tolerates disrespect toward women and leads to a greater incidence of sexual harassment, assault, and other forms of violence against women. It’s important to remember that pornography is not inherently harmful, but the way in which it is produced and consumed can have negative consequences for individuals and society.

High profile cases of pornography in the military

There have been some high-profile cases of military personnel involved in pornography or related activities that have attracted media attention. Here are a few examples:

Marines United scandal: In 2017, it was revealed that members of the Marines United Facebook group had been sharing nude photos of female service members without their consent. The scandal led to investigations and changes in military policies related to online conduct and sexual harassment.

Lackland Air Force Base scandal: In 2012, a sex scandal involving basic training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas was uncovered. Several instructors were charged with sexual misconduct, including rape and the possession of child pornography.

Its been reported that, in the wake of the Lackland scandal, the US Air Force conducted a facility-wide inspection at Lackland AFB, that did not include barracks, and found 631 items considered to be pornographic, including videos, posters and magazines in work spaces. Understanding the way some pornography can inform the attitudes of the viewer in the way they think of their co-workers, it is an important factor in creating a respectful workplace.

In its drive to create respectful workplaces, the military bans pornography in the workplace. Since the military can’t control the thoughts of a particular person that might be harmful when driving a person’s behavior, they can control the elements that may drive harmful attitudes.

Punishment for pornography on military computers

Possession or distribution of pornography on military computers or networks is considered a violation of military regulations and federal law. The penalties for such conduct can vary depending on the circumstances of the offense and the level of severity. The penalties for possession or distribution of pornography on military computers can include:

Administrative discipline: Depending on the severity of the offense, a service member may receive non-judicial punishment, such as a reprimand or reduction in rank, or administrative action, such as suspension or revocation of security clearance.

Court-martial: If the offense is deemed serious enough, the service member may face criminal charges and be tried by court-martial. The penalties for a court-martial conviction can range from confinement to a dishonorable discharge and can include fines, reduction in rank, and other punishments.

Civilian prosecution: In addition to facing military charges, a service member who violates federal laws related to pornography may also face prosecution in civilian courts. Such charges can carry significant penalties, including imprisonment and fines.

It’s worth noting that the penalties for possession or distribution of pornography on military computers can also depend on the specific branch of the military and the policies and regulations in place at the time of the offense. Ultimately, the military takes a very serious approach to such offenses, and service members who violate these regulations can expect to face significant consequences.



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