Is Porn a Right?

I’ve always been one to value an individuals rights. Except where they infringe on the rights of others. Tricky thing is, sometimes the line where ones rights end and someone else’s begins can get blurry.

Now I’ve always thought that this was less of an issue for a convicted criminal serving time in jail for violating others rights, since I’ve always believed that must they must forfeit some of their own individual rights, as atonement for violating those of others. So it always raises serious questions for me when I read articles like the one below:

The Supreme Administrative Court in Stockholm last week ruled that the Swedish Prison and Probation Service had no right to deny a rape convict access to his porn magazines. – [Yahoo/AP]

Now this simply doesn’t make sense to me. Isn’t punishment and atonement (and sometimes rehab) the whole purpose of prison? Isn’t some loss of your rights part of the atonement? And even if it weren’t (which it is) since when did porn become a right?

There are a lot of things that I consider rights. Freedom. Free speech. Fair trials. Equality. Fair and unbiased treatment. That sort of thing. Those are rights. The ability to read porn, watch TV, listen to the radio, or even have access to a gym, are complete and utter luxuries. There are many good and honest citizens walking around who don’t have the benefit of even one of those luxuries, let alone access to three square meals a day, so it always baffles me when convicted criminals claim things like these as “rights”.

The fact that any court (even the admirably progressive Swedish court system) could reasonably consider something like this a “right”, especially for inmates who have directly, purposefully and violently impinged their will on others, continually perplexes me.

Court Upholds Prisoners Right to Porn – [Yahoo/AP]

One thought on “Is Porn a Right?

  1. I agree. A rapist is allowed his porn? I wonder if they would allow a serial killer access to his “trophies” or photos of his kills?

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