More .xxx drama

Bush administration objects to .xxx domains

The Bush administration is objecting to the creation of a .xxx domain, saying it has concerns about a virtual red-light district reserved exclusively for Internet pornography. “The Department of Commerce has received nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails from individuals expressing concern about the impact of pornography on families and children,” Gallagher said in a letter that was made public on Monday.

Ironic, given that the .xxx top-level domain was created specifically to make filtering easier for people concerned about their kids’ access to pornography (“Won’t someone please think of the children!!”).

From the anti-pornography standpoint, the only objection I can see to this TLD is that it would appear to legitimatize the industry. It certainly won’t make pr0n any more available than it already is. There are plenty of good arguments against .xxx that aren’t related to porn, however, and I would be happy to see the proposal go away, but political pressure is not the way to do it.

After ICANN’s vote to approve .xxx, conservative groups in the United States called on their supporters to ask the Commerce Department to block the new suffix. The Family Research Council, for instance, warned that “pornographers will be given even more opportunities to flood our homes, libraries and society with pornography through the .xxx domain.”

I can’t even conceive of the level of cluelessness required to come up with something like this. The FRC’s statement also claims that selling porn on the internet is already illegal.

I knew this TLD would cause more problems than it would solve.

Comments

saraicat says:

I propose a .cat TLD, because I would like my home, libraries, and society to be flooded with kitten pictures.

kchrist says:
$ whois dailycat.cat

No match for "DAILYCAT.CAT".