News that the Pentagon would be pulling such titles as Penthouse and Playboy from the shelves of stores serving military bases achieves a series of comments that illustrate the modern insanity.
While the Social Conservatives are pleased with this great victory, the street suggests among other things, a Muslim plot by Obama, perhaps, amongst other ‘this does not compute’ knee-jerk reactions on a “right-wing” site like Breitbart. The most obvious reaction is geared towards encroaching feminism. (The theory of feminism’s close alliance to conservatism has been advanced by a dissident in various comment sections on this board.) On the heels of an alleged epidemic in military related sexual assaults, the move is most likely a symbolic gesture to assuage the populace. (Why this move is thought to assuage, is it’s own potential study.)
I’ve posted in the past that in the pre-Internet days, such titles as Penthouse, were the popular transmission belt for otherwise banned journalism—the very fact that it was printed in a ‘men’s magazine’ served the dual purpose for the elites. “The Crimes of Mena,” by Sally Denton and Roger Morris (Morris a Harvard Professor, and Denton, a respected journalist who helped bring down a drug running Kentucky Governor), was scrubbed at the last moment by the Washington Post, and turned up in Bob Guccione’s publication (and his son eventually dated Ann Coulter.)
And note the Social Conservative supported bill that led to the pulling of the ‘men’s mags’ fell under Clinton—and probably had nothing to do with the Crimes of Mena article from the year before, that also implicated Reagan and Bush. (R. Emmett Tyrell, for writing about the same story, was soon visited by the IRS as well, which contributed to the sinking of The American Spectator.)
Of course, female audience geared pornography in a magazine like Cosmopolitan is still available for sale on military bases.
The non-interventionist simply notes that banning standing armies is the only solution.