Institutions Such as Public Libraries and Schools Act as Arbiters of Propriety by What Is Purchased,Provided, and Promoted to Children.
Local Government has a sacred duty to protect and defend the minds of youth to promote the
next generation of healthy families. But many agendas are combining to exploit children for
profit, political power and promiscuity.
Generation X has been replaced by Generation XXX.
Institutions such as public libraries and schools act as arbiters of propriety by what is purchased,
provided, and promoted to children. Small decisions such as purchasing and placing books can
have huge effects on vulnerable kids. And those who want to profit from the sexual exploitation
of minors, know the power of these decisions.
But you can protect children from these harms.
Research on youth (up to age 18) shows:
1. Reid and colleagues (2011) defined pornography as material that creates or elicits sexual
feelings or thoughts and contains explicit images or descriptions of sexual acts involving
the genitals (e.g., vaginal or anal intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, etc.).
2. Children and adolescents are widely considered the most vulnerable audiences to
sexually explicit material because of their developing brains. Just as early cigarette
smoking creates lifetime addiction, so early exposure to sexually explicit material can
distort a child’s mind for a lifetime.
3. The more frequently an adolescent is exposed to sexually explicit material, the greater
their sexually permissive attitudes. Research also suggested that adolescents who were
more frequently exposed to sexually explicit material had their first experience of sexual
intercourse at an earlier age than adolescents who were not frequently exposed.
4. Even less-explicit, non-violent pornography promotes unhealthy sexual attitudes and
behaviors, by encouraging males to view females simply in terms of sexual potential, not
as entire beings worthy of mutual respect and regard.
5. Pornography is often sought in the formation of sexual identity, facilitating early sexual
6. Higher acceptance of pornography is associated with increased alcohol usage.
7. Even non-violent pornography exposure is associated with sexual preoccupancy defined
as “a strong cognitive engagement in sexual issues, sometimes at the exclusion of other
8. Childhood exposure to sexually explicit material may contribute “to antagonistic and
psychopathic attitudes, likely the depiction of distorted views of human sexuality and
glorification of promiscuity.”
9. Predators and pedophiles use sexually explicit material to break-down the inhibitions of
children who are their targets.
10. Sexual socialization theory suggests frequent exposure to consistent themes about gender
and sexual behavior can affect a young person’s developing sense of what is expected
sexually for men and women and may also affect later behavior.
11. Having been exposed to pornography and perceiving pornography as realistic were
associated with increased sexual aggression risk.
12. Studies suggest that youth who consume pornography may develop unrealistic sexual
values and beliefs. Among the findings, higher levels of permissive sexual attitudes,
sexual preoccupation, and earlier sexual experimentation have been correlated with more
frequent consumption of pornography.
13. Higher risk adolescent males are “more likely to be exposed to such media but when they
are exposed, they are likely to be changed by such exposure, such as changes in attitudes
about the acceptance of violence against women.”
14. Youth who reported exposure to pornographic materials were 6.5 times more likely to
report sexually aggressive behavior. Youth who reported exposure to nonviolent material
were more than three times as likely to report sexually aggressive behavior, while youth
who reported exposure to violent material were 24 times more likely to report sexually
The results are clear. Media influences attitudes and behaviors.
Joan R. Landes, MA, CMHC
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
License #8542770-6004 UT
1. Reid, Rory & Carpenter, Bruce & Draper, Elizabeth & Manning, Jill. (2010). Exploring
Psychopathology, Personality Traits, and Marital Distress Among Women Married to
Hypersexual Men. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. 16. 36-8.
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3. Braun-Courville, Debra & Rojas, Mary. (2009). Exposure to Sexually Explicit Web Sites
and Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors. The Journal of adolescent health: official
publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 45. 156-62.
4. Zillmann D 2000. Influence of unrestrained access to erotica on adolescents’ and young
adults’ dispositions toward sexuality. Journal of adolescent health 27: 41–4
5. Bryant, C 2009. Adolescents, pornography, and harm. Trends and issues in crime and
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6. Carroll JS, Padilla-Walker LM, Nelson LJ, Olson CD, McNamara Barry C & Madsen
SD 2008. Generation XXX: Pornography acceptance and use among emerging adults.
7. Peter, Jochen & Valkenburg, Patti. (2008). Adolescents' Exposure to Sexually Explicit
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8. Hunter, John & Figueredo, Aurelio & Malamuth, Neil. (2009). Developmental Pathways
into Social and Sexual Deviance. Journal of Family Violence. 25. 141-148.
9. Langevin, R., & Curnoe, S. (2004). The Use of Pornography during the Commission of
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Associated With U.S. Early Adolescents’ Exposure to Sexually Explicit
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the research." Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 19.1-2 (2012): 99-122.
13. Malamuth, Neil & Huppin, Mark. (2005). Pornography and Teenagers: The Importance
of Individual Differences. Adolescent medicine clinics. 16. 315-26, viii.
14. Ybarra, Michele L., et al. “X-Rated Material and Perpetration of Sexually Aggressive
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PETITION TO GOV. IVEY AND AL. LEADERS TO UPHOLD LAWS TO PROTECT CHILDREN
It is unlawful for any person to operate an adult bookstore within 1,000 feet of a public or private school or any other place frequented by minors! Therefore, it is not permitted by law for these books to be placed in public libraries. They cannot be in the building.
Alabama Code Section 13A-12-200.5 Material harmful to minors – Distribution, possession with intent to distribute, display for sale, etc., prohibited
Local Government has a sacred duty to protect and defend the minds of youth to promote the next generation of healthy families. But many agendas are combining to exploit children for profit, political power and promiscuity. Generation X has been replaced by Generation XXX. Institutions such as public libraries and schools act as arbiters of propriety by what is purchased, provided, and promoted to children. Small decisions such as purchasing and placing books can have huge effects on vulnerable kids. And those who want to profit from the sexual exploitation of minors, know the power of these decisions. -Joan R. Landes, MA, CMHC Clinical Mental Health Counselor (Link to what her research shows.)
Example: Emily Drabinsky, Pres. of American Library Assn.--"I think your point that public education needs to be a site of socialist organizing, I think libraries really do too. I haven’t seen that, working in libraries, but I think there’s a real opportunity here to both connect with what’s happening in public education, what’s happening in libraries, but also, we need some help with libraries. We need to be on the agenda of socialist organizing. -The College Fix 9/5/23
· Children and adolescents are widely considered the most vulnerable audiences to sexually explicit material because of their developing brains. Just as early cigarette smoking creates lifetime addiction, so early exposure to sexually explicit material can distort a child’s mind for a lifetime. Repeated pornography exposure often creates many of the same conditions in the adolescent brain as does the use of drugs such as methamphetamine or fentanyl. The brain develops a tolerance. Cravings or further pursuit of more deviant pornography follows.
· Young males exposed to explicit sexual material in early adolescence were more likely to engage in sexual harassment in middle adolescence. Studies show that youth who consume pornography may develop unrealistic sexual values and beliefs. Among the findings, higher levels of permissive sexual attitudes, sexual preoccupation, and earlier sexual experimentation have been correlated with more frequent consumption of pornography.
According to the CDC website, sexually transmitted disease numbers are now higher among minors and young adults than older adults because of multiple partners, anonymous partners, and concurrent partners. We believe there is a correlation between these shocking statistics and the display of lurid sexual materials. Children who would never enter a porn shop are now exposed to such materials in what parents used to consider as safe spaces (read 1819news.com).
· Library officials have claimed that Section 13A-12-299-10 exempts libraries from the pornography statute. But the statute exempts libraries only when they are “acting on behalf of legitimate educational purposes”. We suggest that this exception applies only to advanced education such as gynecology in medical school. Research does show-- predators and pedophiles use sexually explicit material to break-down the inhibitions of children who are their targets. Increase in sex abuse cannot be overlooked. The New York Times (2019) reported that more than 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused were reported by tech companies, more than double what they found the previous year.
New York v. Ferber, 458 U.S.747 (1982), is the decision in which the Supreme Court stated the First Amendment does not protect child pornography. The Court reasoned such material was not protected because of its link to the sexual abuse of children.
We, the people of Alabama, ask Governor Ivey to uphold laws to protect children and direct these materials not be in public libraries or schools. We ask our Alabama Legislators to enact laws that will help audit public libraries and schools against such materials continuing to stay. Alabama children like the rest of the country are under attack. We must help stop the molestation of the minds and bodies of children.