Should watching porn in public be outlawed?

Hewson

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Planes, trains and McDonald's: Your stories of porn in public - BBC News


The above link has a number of interesting anecdotes from people who have encountered others, usually men, watching pornography, often hardcore, on their mobile devices on public transport and even in restaurants. I haven't come across (pun unintended) this phenomenon myself but maybe others here have and, if so, I wonder what their opinion of the experience was? Discomfort? Mild amusement, shock or utter indifference?

Most of the contributors to the above piece experienced discomfort, annoyance or even anger. All perfectly understandable, particularly if there are young children present.

For my own part, I see such people as odious creeps, putting it bluntly, with scant to no regard for others while some may see such an attitude as an attack on ther right to view what they please on their own devices.

Should it be an offence or where should the limits of tolerance lie while respecting individual rights, including the rights of those in the immediate vicinity?
 


The Field Marshal

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Public indeceny is still a crime in ireland and this extends to displaying pornographic images in public places.

Those using mobile phones in this manner in a public place can be prosecuted afaik under existing legislation
 

Bea C

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I was on the bus a few weeks ago, I was away in my own little world when this auwld fella opposite me pulled out of its bag a calender he'd just bought at a reduced price.
Without a care he tore off the plastic cover and openly started admiring each month.
Only it wasn't Monet waterlilies or puppies.
It was topless girls.
 

Boy M5

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Does that include 18 movies ?

Even the Amy Huberman series had a topless woman in the 1st episode.
Thought tastefully shot.
 

Boy M5

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Where's Cyp when we need him?
 

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Planes, trains and McDonald's: Your stories of porn in public - BBC News


The above link has a number of interesting anecdotes from people who have encountered others, usually men, watching pornography, often hardcore, on their mobile devices on public transport and even in restaurants. I haven't come across (pun unintended) this phenomenon myself but maybe others here have and, if so, I wonder what their opinion of the experience was? Discomfort? Mild amusement, shock or utter indifference?

Most of the contributors to the above piece experienced discomfort, annoyance or even anger. All perfectly understandable, particularly if there are young children present.

For my own part, I see such people as odious creeps, putting it bluntly, with scant to no regard for others while some may see such an attitude as an attack on ther right to view what they please on their own devices.

Should it be an offence or where should the limits of tolerance lie while respecting individual rights, including the rights of those in the immediate vicinity?
I would film them watching the porn and take it to the police.
 

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There was a photo on facebook recently of a guy watching porn on his laptop on a train. He turned the screen towards the window, presumably to keep his viewing private, but didn't realise that there was a fairly clear reflection of the screen on the train window....

It's sad to think that some people need to be told not to be ignorant pr!cks, or that something so obvious would have to be spelled out in a rule or law, though clearly it already is against the law.

I remember telling this story before as well. Mrs O was out for a walk and passed a house where someone was clearly watching porn inside, on a 50 inch screen. You need to close the curtains imo in that situation ..
 

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Planes, trains and McDonald's: Your stories of porn in public - BBC News


The above link has a number of interesting anecdotes from people who have encountered others, usually men, watching pornography, often hardcore, on their mobile devices on public transport and even in restaurants. I haven't come across (pun unintended) this phenomenon myself but maybe others here have and, if so, I wonder what their opinion of the experience was? Discomfort? Mild amusement, shock or utter indifference?

Most of the contributors to the above piece experienced discomfort, annoyance or even anger. All perfectly understandable, particularly if there are young children present.

For my own part, I see such people as odious creeps, putting it bluntly, with scant to no regard for others while some may see such an attitude as an attack on ther right to view what they please on their own devices.

Should it be an offence or where should the limits of tolerance lie while respecting individual rights, including the rights of those in the immediate vicinity?
Watching porn in a restaurant??
WTF???
 

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There was a photo on facebook recently of a guy watching porn on his laptop on a train. He turned the screen towards the window, presumably to keep his viewing private, but didn't realise that there was a fairly clear reflection of the screen on the train window....

It's sad to think that some people need to be told not to be ignorant pr!cks, or that something so obvious would have to be spelled out in a rule or law, though clearly it already is against the law.

I remember telling this story before as well. Mrs O was out for a walk and passed a house where someone was clearly watching porn inside, on a 50 inch screen. You need to close the curtains imo in that situation ..
Did the house in question have an upstairs living room by any chance?
Only, I know a chap who lives in a house like this and decided to stick on the old porn channel on his big screen after coming home from the pub and fell asleep with his, eh, 'lad in his hand' shall we say.....with the curtains left open.
He was quite the talking point for some weeks after!
 

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If people are invited to anonymously share there experiences how do we know if they are true? How can we legislate on the basis of claims made on a website. I have never heard of anyone I know coming across such a disgusting action. So until we have more to go on I don't think we have an issue at all.
 

Nordie Northsider

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A timely post. I'm always getting into trouble at Mass over this.
 

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It's really tacky and disrespectful to others to watch it in public. You'd have to have no self respect to do it. There was a time when people were mortified to be seen buying porn, now people talk about their porn habits as casually as discussing what they had for breakfast. I'm not a prude, whatever floats your boat, but people should really keep it to themselves.
 

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you do some folk try to see what some one else is watching, can the watcher be called a peeping tom, does the term mind your own buisness not come into it somewhere
 

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you do some folk try to see what some one else is watching, can the watcher be called a peeping tom, does the term mind your own buisness not come into it somewhere
Not really, if I was out with my better half for a nice romantic meal the last thing I'd want is some pervert fapping himself off at the next table!
 

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I'm not at all clear about the legal status of porn in Ireland. I remember a time when everything was banned, and I don't ever remember any of it becoming unbanned.
 


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