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Porn measure is censorship

In my first letter to the editor ["Porn measure violates rights," Oct. 18], I stated my opinion about a specific bill. Betsy Salkind responded with a letter about my beliefs about pornography as well as her opinions about my sexuality. Neither of these things were in my first letter. Once she has attempted to ridicule my unstated beliefs I felt it necessary to state what they in fact were.

Rape and torture are already illegal, and I totally support these laws. The laws are currently written to protect people, and I put women in that category without a doubt. I don't understand why Betsy Salkind feels that women are not already protected by the law, but that they need different laws from men.

If I want to take a picture of myself, my girlfriend or a paid model, no one is hurt by that, whether or not clothes are worn during the photography. My letter claimed that the bill is ridiculous. Betsy wants this bill to stop rapes and tortures of women, but the bill does not say anything about doing these acts, only about describing them. This bill will probably interfere with evidence at rape trials because detailed evidence would be pornography.

I feel it is extremely dangerous to allow the government to decide what we can say, read and write. This bill will set a precedent allowing government censorship of newspapers, magazines and movies. If, hypothetically, Betsy Salkind's accusation about me that, "Pornography legitimizes and is his sexuality," were true, then who would that hurt. My sexuality, in my own bedroom, is not Betsy Salkind's nor the Government's business.

Adam Dershowitz '89->