Sexually Explicit Magazines Return to Army Exchanges After 10 Year Ban
Penthouse, along with Playgirl and Ultra for Men, returned to Army and Air Force military exchanges this summer after being banned 10 years ago by a Pentagon review board for being sexually explicit. By July, Penthouse was available in more than 500 exchange outlets worldwide, including in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 40 anti-pornography groups plan to appeal to the Pentagon Inspector General.
Penthouse was one of over 200 publications banned by the Resale Activities Board of Review as a result of the 1996 Military Honor and Decency Act, which prohibits the sale of "sexually explicit material," including audio, films, videos or periodicals, in military resale outlets.
"I know from my 20 years as a prosecutor and as an activist that men involved in porn look at women in a different way. At the military academies, they're selling the same magazines. Donít women deserve to be safe in that environment?" Patrick Trueman, special counsel to one of the groups involved, told the Air Force Times. He cited incidents of sexual harassment in the military and other problems that he contends are exacerbated by pornography.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .