Marines’ photo scan­dal is not about the Marines, per se

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Re:

The Ma­rine Corps pornog­ra­phy rev­e­la­tions can in no way be con­doned, and that or­ga­ni­za­tion should do what it needs to do to clean up what it is re­spon­si­ble for. How­ever, us­ing this in­ci­dent as a way to draw gen­eral con­clu­sions about the Marines as an or­ga­ni­za­tion is mis­placed.

What this is all about is a group of men with a com­mon back­ground and a mode of com­mu­ni­ca­tion shar­ing pornog­ra­phy from a ready source. That dy­namic has been go­ing on prob­a­bly since pre­his­tory, given the sex­ual ap­petites that many men share. So don’t be sur­prised if the next reve­la­tion of a sim­i­lar sort con­cerns some other group of men with a dif­fer­ent com­mon back­ground, be it an­other gov­ern­ment agency, a pri­vate em­ployer, a ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion, a la­bor union, a group of Face­book friends. The list can go on and on. This is to ex­plain what can hap­pen, not to jus­tify it.

When I be­came a seventh-grader back in the mid-1960s, I and some of my male friends were pass­ing around pic­tures of nude women torn from Play­boy mag­a­zines as well as type­writ­ten tran­scripts of porno­graphic books from an un­known source. None of us were or had been in the Ma­rine Corps at the time. Stan­ley D. Young, Fort Collins

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