One of our more prolific commenters says that raising awareness is overrated, and claims that “there are a lot of things you could be doing that would have a much greater impact than what you’re actually doing”. Another commenter questioned how much impact one blog in one small town can have.
Don’t look now, but some of that impact is manifesting in Raynham, where The Enterprise today profiles NoPornNorthampton’s experience. A number of citizens in Raynham object to the sexual activity taking place in a porn shop there. The Enterprise reports:
Cohen, founder of NoPornNorthampton, a nonprofit citizen activist organization, says Raynham officials may not be able to ban the viewing booths at Video X-tra, but they can impose strict health regulations.
“Absolutely,” Cohen said.
The Enterprise found that the 10 viewing booths at Video X-tra are being used by men for sexual activity. An Enterprise reporter was solicited multiple times over a three-day period last week…
The store’s booths are also promoted on a Web site used by gay men seeking sex with other men…
Raynham selectmen say there is nothing they can do, but Cohen disputes that claim and says measures can be taken to make sure the booths are not a public health hazard.
However, Selectman Donald McKinnon said this morning town officials will be talking with their counterparts in Northampton about the regulations and additional proposed restrictions on adult book stores and viewing areas.
“If Northampton has done something, we will look at it,” he said.
To all those who care about their communities and the victims of porn, don’t heed the voices of despair, passivity and confused thinking. Sharing information and strategies works.