"parents who would tell their children not to read playboy 'don't really care about their kids growing up and learning to think and explore.'"
9/18/95 citizen, quoting judith krug,
ala director of oif.
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survey results

playboy 2005 survey results

survey:  patrons are opposed to playboy magazine subscriptions

for immediate release
october 3, 2005
contact
SafeLibraries@gmail.com
http://www.safelibraries.org/
oak lawn public library patrons say "no" to playboy magazine

oak lawn, il - safe libraries announced today that the results of its survey confirm that patrons are opposed to the subscription to playboy magazine by the oak lawn public library.  the survey was conducted by an independent social research firm at the village's fall on the green festival during september 9-11, 2005.  it was initiated in response to the approval of the subscription's retention solely by the members of the oak lawn public library board of trustees on june 21, 2005.  the board members contended that they must serve the community by providing playboy magazine to those adult patrons who might wish to read it.

a majority of library patrons object to the subscription, the use of tax funds for its purchase, and the reading of playboy magazine by patrons in the library.  most patrons agree that readers of playboy magazine should purchase their own subscriptions.  both illinois state law (720 ilcs 5/11-20) and village of oak lawn ordinance (10-5-6-3) prohibit the distribution of obscene materials.  most library patrons agree that the village of oak lawn should comply with all laws that prohibit the viewing of pornography in public places.

safe libraries was founded to give a voice to local parents and other citizens in the use of the internet and the selection and purchase of publications at their communities' libraries.  on the web, please visit safe libraries at http://www.safelibraries.org/.  to arrange an interview with mark decker, please send your contact information to him at SafeLibraries@gmail.com.  for further information about the oak lawn survey, get the report here.

chicago sun-times 1993 survey results

the question:  should playboy magazine be removed from public libraries?  yes - 63%

morningline

publication: chicago sun-times
date: february 4, 1993
section: news
edition: late sports final
page: 4
column: morningline


results

the question: should playboy magazine be removed from public libraries?

yes: 63%

no: 37%

morningline is not a scientifically designed poll, and therefore no claims are made as to the validity of its results.

copyright 1993, 1996 chicago sun-times, inc.

morality in media 2005 survey results

more than three out of four adults support the u.s. justice department's crackdown on illegal obscenity

new york (november 15, 2005) - more than three out of four (77%) adult americans support the justice department's effort to enforce federal obscenity laws, according to results of a survey conducted by harris interactive for morality in media november 4 to 7.

australia institute 2003 survey results

93% want mandatory computer internet filtering

the australia institute found in a 2003 survey called youth and pornography in australia:  evidence on the extent of exposure and likely effects that:

  • 84% of boys and 60% of girls have been exposed accidentally to pornography on the internet.
  • 88% of boys and 83% of girls "believe that looking at sex sites on the internet is widespread" among boys of their peer group (7% of girls believe the practice is widespread among 16- to 17-year-old girls).
  • 38% of boys said they have searched the internet for sex sites, 4% say they use the internet for this purpose on a weekly basis, and 22% access sex sites "at least every two or three months."
  • 2% of girls said they have deliberately sought out sex sites.

the institute has issued two short companion reports. "parents' attitudes to regulation of internet pornography" finds that 85% of parents are concerned about teens' exposure, 60% are "very concerned," and 93% want mandatory filtering.  "regulating youth access to pornography" discusses filters and a new strategy to address the incidence of youth exposure to pornography on the internet.

safe libraries wishes to acknowledge the following sources for this information:  the australia institute, keeping kids from nasties on the net; more needs to be done to protect minors from internet pornography, writes guy barnett, and online kids' exposure to pornography:  separate studies in two different countries.

lisnews reaction to this page

lisnews is a collaborative blog "devoted to current events and news in the world of library and information science."  one section of that blog, "a note to so-called safelibraries.org," includes commentary on this survey page that is worth repeating:

i have a question

how does a survey of a small town, an unscientific survey by a chicago newspaper and one from australia relate to librarians all over the country?

if i survey a group of gay men i will find that 100% of the group think that men are fun to have sex with.  is this true for all of america?

see where i'm going with this?

and fang:  man, come on.  you're not 12.  calm down, will you?  you sound like you are pushing a shopping cart down a freeway and wearing a cape made of fiberglass insulation.

oak lawn shows ala controls local libraries

chuck,

good questions.  first, i'm a guy working in his "spare" time on this.  i do not have the time and resources to produce definitive results or to find them.  i do what i can.  the opposition to my educational efforts to help people see past the ala propaganda is a huge organization receiving huge funding from other huge organizations.  i just don't compete, and expecting me to is not really fair.

which brings up your question.  you asked, "how does a survey of a small town ... relate to librarians all over the country?"  that presupposes once again that the huge behemoth, the ala, is paramount to any individual community whose library the ala controls or attempts to control.  am i suppose to produce evidence about every single american library before you will think i might have a point and the ala might be too controlling?  for that i'll rely on a 2000 report called dangerous access by david burt and his collection of other related material:  http://www.filteringfacts.org/research/papers

back to your question, exactly what is the relevance of the oak lawn, il, survey and the ala's actions there to force its agenda into the community despite the lengths to which the community went to remove such influence have on the rest of the country?  good question.  answer?  the ala is shown as having forcefully controlled public library policy and actions, and nothing the community could do could loosen the grip (although the community stopped short of legal action due to the costs -- an advantage the ala uses against local communities).

oak lawn serves as an example of the control the ala has over local communities and the lengths to which it will defend its control.  oak lawn serves to prove that the ala claims that a local community control its own local libraries is false, at least some of the time and in respect of the issue the ala is pushing.  this false claim of local control is used as the main argument against state filtering laws.

the ala argues state filtering laws take away a local library's ability to act locally for itself.  yet at the same time the ala itself controls local libraries, and oak lawn serves as an example.  do you know any other communities where the government, backed up by a survey, officially asked the library to reconsider making playboy available to children and the library refused and children still have access to the material this very day?

the ala gets to thwart the people seeking to filter libraries by claiming libraries must act locally, then the ala controls those very same libraries so that it is impossible to act locally.  does this seem fair to you?  does this seem fair to anyone?  i know you can at least be fair because even though you agree with fang face, at least you told him to "calm down."

when the ala opposes state filtering laws by claiming such laws take away the ability for local libraries to act locally, can the ala be taken seriously when the oak lawn matter proves the ala itself controls at least one local library?  is not the ala's opposition to filters really designed to protect the ala's very control over local public libraries?  indeed, aren't state filtering laws proposed and needed precisely because local public libraries don't stand a chance against the ala?

and the oak lawn case proves this lack of local control.  hence the significance of oak lawn to the entire country.

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