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Porn in hotels: Adults have the right to choose

Hotel rooms are dangerous places for men, aren’t they?

In addition to the temptations for the porn addict, there’s bottles in the minibar to tempt the alcoholic, chocolate and chips to taunt the overeater.

The front desk should probably start collecting businessmen’s belts when they check in. After all, left alone with all these hellish vices, an anxiety-ridden traveler just might hang himself from the shower rod.

Removing all adult entertainment options from hotel systems because it’s too tempting for some is extreme. So it turns out that half of all hotel guests appear to enjoy watching other people have sex.

What should we do about this? Call the FBI?

Well, that’s exactly what a coalition of conservative groups did in 2006, imploring the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate pay-per-view movies that violate federal and state obscenity laws.

A spokeswoman at the Justice Department promised to get back to me pronto, to report on the status of that urgent 2006 request.

I haven’t heard from her yet; maybe the Justice Department is too busy working on its massive child pornography caseload. Where are their priorities?

I did just speak with Roger Conner, vice-president of communications for Marriott International, who told me two days after his meeting with conservative groups that a “constructive” conversation ensued.

“We’re a very strong family company” Conner stressed, clearly not relishing the role of pornography defender. Yet he also explained that Marriott doesn’t have total control over their franchisee network and that in the end, “We think it’s a matter of adult choice.”

I agree, and admit to more concern over the women who choose a career in porn than the men “forced” to watch the fruits of such labors.

When it comes to hotel entertainment systems, X-rated fare is not available everywhere, it’s easy to avoid where it is and it’s expensive to boot.

For some it’s worth the price. Others might find the bedside hotel Bible and a cold shower equally alluring, and they don’t cost a thing.

How can hotel chains deliver us from evil? They don’t define it; we do. So if you seek salvation along with your room key, then act like an adult. Choose it.

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ANOTHER VIEW
Shaunti Feldhahn, from the right: You should have to ask for it

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