Some might consider this porn. Well, I wouldn't. But someone could, right? (Source: City Hall News)

State Senator Marty Golden doesn’t want you killing kittens with taxpayer dollars. Or making angels weep. And he certainly doesn’t want you going blind.

That’s why Golden is calling on the Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Library systems to establish stronger policies to halt access to pornographic websites on public computers in library branches throughout the city.

“Allowing anyone to view pornographic materials on a public computer in one of our library branches here in Brooklyn, or anywhere else in New York City, is appalling,” Golden said in statement issued today. “Libraries are for the community to enrich their educational pursuits, not be a place to go so to download pornography. ”

The state senator issued his statement in response to the New York Post’s “discovery” that pornography is freely accessible in publicly-funded libraries throughout the city’s 200-plus library branches. Currently, federal law mandates that filters be installed on publicly used computers to block content containing illegal obscenity and child pornography. But any legal pornography remains protected by the First Amendment, and the city has thus far deemed access acceptable, siding with civil libertarians who have long argued that it’s not the government’s duty to determine what materials patrons find socially valuable or educational.

“In deference to the First Amendment protecting freedom of speech, the New York Public Library cannot prevent adult patrons from accessing adult content that is legal,” New York Public Library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise told the Post.

Marty Golden doesn’t care much for a little librarian kink, though. He says that allowing people to use the library for “deviant and lewd actions” flies in the face of “years of initiatives aimed at protecting children and the public at large from being exposed to indecent, degrading and offensive pornographic material.”

Stronger filtering programs and monitoring are the solution, said Golden, though licenses for those program could cost the cash-strapped library systems thousands and open the door to even more costly legal battles.

Of course, it’s hardly a new issue. The topic last surfaced on a broad scale when Congress passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) back in 2004, which laid out the requirements for blocking obscenity and child pornography. The city complied with the letter of the law with a fairly clumsy filter that raised eyebrows. And in 2005, the New York Times’ Ethicist squared off with a reader outraged at the library’s loose morals. But he defended the institution for not stepping foot onto the slippery slope:

Libraries should provide for the free exchange of ideas — not just ideas you or I find palatable, not just ideas suitable for 5-year-olds. And librarians should not be forced to censor patrons’ reading, let alone eject them for looking at disturbing images.

Golden admits it’s just a “small minority” of patrons taking advantage of the system’s open regulations. Still, those sleuths at the New York Post – a publication, we’re sure, that would never do anything even slightly offensive – managed to hunt a “dirty old man” down at the Brooklyn Central Library. The man was watching a “threesome” porn video, with screen extensions that blocked other viewers for enjoying the show. When the reporter approached, the patron asked to be left alone, which we’re sure left many onlookers wondering why a reporter was talking to himself.

Our take? We’re all for a ban on pornography in the library. It’s about time we got the Twilight series off the shelves.

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  • Whwsailboat

    Another tough issue our politicans are brave to tackle… LOL.

  • Anonymous

    No Porn in Library’s? but how will kids learn?

  • levp

    Republicans: Take the Government out of our lives – and into our pants.

  • Aefefef

    Is this really a problem? Do people really go to the library to wack off?

    • Anonymous

      Yea, wack off to what? chapters 6 and 7? lol

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      Watching porn in the library is currently legal. To “wack off” in the library is illegal. One does not necessarily lead to the other. One is just pointless without the other…

      Am I right or am I right?

      • Petrosyan

        Right.

  • Petrosyan

    These politicians have nothing to do … except creating more and more regulations. Martin Goldin and Republicans like him are worst than most liberal democrats. They talk about fiscal responsibility, free market etc…, some stupid voters even believe them. But do absolutely different things. System does not work. Too many Goldens there…

    • Eminem

      Really. That’s why the tax code is 60,000 pages. They just keep piling up more and more regulations, laws, “guidances”. My goodness. It won’t be long before the whole system is brought to a standstill. Perhaps we have reached that point now.

      An analogous situation occurred in my previous life as a programmer. The incompetent workers (designers or developers) would cover up their incompetence by piling more and more junk into the system, to the point where the system would slow to a crawl. Then, nobody could figure out how to undo it. The difference here is that we would eventually start with a brand new system.

      • JR

        it would be amazing if you are the real slim shady… if so I want an autograph

        • Eminem

          tomorrow I get seven digits from your mother for a dollar….

      • JR

        it would be amazing if you are the real slim shady… if so I want an autograph

  • levp

    Have you seen shelves and shelves of so-called “romance” novels, freely accessible to children? That’s the real horror, I tell you!
    http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/record=b11482447

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      And what about those “Curious George” books? We’re hip. “The emphasis on yellow, and what’s the funny business of the man with the YELLOW hat. Rather curious, don’t you think?

      I hope Senator Golden is aware of insidious method of providing our children with suspicious literature.

      And while he’s “hot” under the collar with this he should make sure those Dick Francis novels are banned too. They’re really racy. Not to mention quite awful.

    • Faba

      Wait real men last all night….??? I’m reading here on the packaging that I should go to the hospital if I last for more than 8 hours… so confused…do I need a doctor or should I invite Carol from 6F to give a wife a hand with this thing?

  • Anonymous

    THERE IS PORN IN THE LIBRARY? 0_0

  • JR

    children still goto the library?

  • Kon

    Damn Republican!

    • Petrosyan

      Damn Politician, not damn Republican. They are all the same

  • Faba

    Fuck that, I call for Whack Off In The Library Day!
    What is it about sex and masturbation and everything else that goes in to porn bothers Marty Golden? I can bet money Marty jerked his meat till his palms were raw when he was a teenager.
    Are we afraid that our kids will find out what labium look like? Or someone will know where to look for a clitoris and know how to work it? Where is the crime in browsing porn?
    Look I’m not advocating people should sit with their pants down in the library (ignore first sentence). Also really, how many of us really have balls to watch a blond double dildoing herself in the library?

    • JR

      just blame Slim Shady and The Discovery Channel

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Ned was worried about it being a slow news week, so the New York Post and Marty Golden took pity on him and provided some entertaining content.

  • Edlane Nyc

    Marty Golden is sooo HOT. Can’t wait to read all about him at the local library ;)

    • Eminem

      His new film “Golden does the Golden Gate”

  • Eminem

    Wow, i’m sorry, I thought the article said “Golden Wants Pols out of library”. (Hmm, that would get more support than keeping porn out of library). Worse, I then misread it to read “Keep Poles out of library”. Being half-Polish, i put on my two left sneakers and marched out to protest.
    Speaking of porn, one day my dad heard there was a protest to stop the Trump Theater (in the Trump Shopping Center, 1970′s) from continuing to be a porno theater. He said he was going down there. I said, “dad, they have enough bodies there to protest it”. He said to me “Son, I’m going down there to support the theater”…..

  • nolastname

    A library is a collection of sources, resources, and services, and the structure in which it is housed; it is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual,
    Years ago “Little Black Sambo” was taken off the shelf. I say this because literature is our history, porn inclusive.

    • sc

      This isn’t about literature being censored. This is about going to the Public Library with your small child and having them inadvertantly seeing xxx porn being viewed by some guy in the library. The library computers are partitioned on the sides but simply walking behind them gives a view of the screen. Joke about it all you want, but this is a serious problem and I am happy that Sen. Golden is addressing it. Imagine for a minute taking your 3 or 4 year old child or grandchild to the library for storytime and having them accidently seeing what they shouldn’t, what they are certainly not ready for. And don’t think for a minute that there aren’t pervs that intentionally want children to view it. Doesn’t that creep anyone out at all? People can and do view whatever they want in the privacy of their own homes. But the library is for everyone and we want children to use the libraries and feel safe and comfortable in them. It isn’t the place for all access web viewing. I think you are all so into bashing the polititians, or maybe you don’t use the libraries, that you are not thinking about what a real problem this is. For all the lip service paid to protecting kids and keeping them safe from the evils of the world, this is a no brainer.

      • nolastname

        Yes I do bash plenty of the do nothing Politicians because they
        deserve it. I have to get my moneys worth some how.
        I am an adult and I want ALL literature to be available in the public
        library. The adult book section is separate as should be viewing
        adult literature (or porn) on line.
        Why don’t you concentrate on magazine racks in supermarkets or bill
        boards posting near nude advertisements.
        Goodness look at TV and the news. Now make sure you keep the kiddies
        of the beaches, they might see something.
        So leave the libraries alone.

        • sc

          But that’s the problem, nolastname, it isn’t separate. Pervs sit there and view XXX porn videos in full view of everyone in the library. I would be all for putting computers in a separate room for them but they probably wouldn’t go for that because part of their perversion is to be public about it and purposely let kids view it. Not to mention how the cleaning crew would hate cleaning up the jizz. Can you really compare near nude advertisments to having 5 year olds viewing fisting, B&D,etc? And parents do have to be constantly vigilant in keeping kids from seeing too much, but can’t libraries be above all that? Shouldn’t libraries be places that encourage a love of literature and learning and the people who use them not be subjected to filth? After trying to shield them as best as we can with TV, magazine displays, newspapers, the internet at home, trying to keep things age appropriate, shouldn’t libraries be a place that you can relax and let kids be innocent? This isn’t soft porn we ar talking about here, it’s all of it that is available.

          • nolastname

            I still would like all literature available. Figure out the how to’s
            and where fore’s to make it possible.
            I would not want my grandchildren around that sleezy stuff you mention
            either, that is why they are SUPERVISED at ALL times.
            It’s not a playground, which by the way is illegal for me to sit in
            unless accompanied by a child. I do pay taxes for those swings ya’ know.
            Adults are losing their rights so fast it makes a persons head spin.

          • sc

            I too believe all literature should be available. lol, like many kids I learned alot about life by looking it up in the gigantic dictionary in school. But consider this…you could be holding your grandchilds hand in the library, walking toward the childrens section, or to sit and listen to a story be read, you would feel that they were completely being supervised by you, pass by a person using a library computer and realize a second too late that that man is watching a tied up woman with a ball gag be violated. It’s just a split second, you do whatever you have to to shield the child, but the image is in his head, the damage is done. I agree that it’s a shame that things like this have to be legislated, but while there are pervs, degenerates, weirdos and freaks who do whatever they can to demoralize and corrupt the innocent, it is necessary. While you may miss sitting in the park without a child and just enjoying watching them play for all the most innocent and right reasons, there were too many men watching them play with their hands down their pants. If all adults acted responsibly, there would be no problem, but sadly they do not.

          • levp

            So no radio for your kids, either:
            http://www.metrolyrics.com/sm-lyrics-rihanna.html

            Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it
            Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it
            Sticks and stones may break my bones
            But chains and whips excite me
            (Rihanna: S&M)

          • sc

            Do you seriously not see a difference between those lyrics and XXX porn? Seriously? And those lyrics aren’t appropriate for all ages, don’t you think? But that doesn’t mean ‘no radio’. That would be a good example of something that can be controlled by a parent, at least up until a certain age. You don’t find it sick that they cleaned up the peep and xxx shows in Times Square, but it can be viewed for free, courtesy of the taxpayers, in Public Libraries in full view of people that may be offended by it or by children? You have to sign on those sites and say your 18 or 21, so how in the world is it ok for children to be exposed to it in the library, without even trying? Simply by walking by and having their eyes catch what is on the screen? This can be very permanantly damaging to them. Is it really too much to ask for people to keep this private and in their own ‘sancuaries’? Faba said, ‘how many of us have the balls to watch…..in the library’. LOL, you have no idea! The libraries are full of them! This loophole is a dream come true for them. To be able to view stuff in public, with lots of women, kiddies, old people, whatever turns them on, around, totally legal, no one can stop them unless they expose or touch themselves. I am really shocked that anyone can defend this.

      • Brightonresident

        I believe the Post is also available at the library. I find that to be offensive and wouldn’t want my kids seeing or reading that trash. You as the parent must watch out for your kids, not the Govenment!

        • sc

          I also find the Post offensive for a variety of reasons. But if your kids go to public school they get a free copy every day for reading time once they are in junior high. Bundles of them are dropped at every school, every morning. I agree that parents need to watch out for their kids, but there also has to be some sanctuary for them where they are not bombarded with images they are not ready for.

          • Brightonresident

            Really, they get the post. When I was in the fifth grade we got the NY Times everyday. How the quality of Education has fallen. I would demand the Principal stop that delivery!
            The sancuary is your home. Otherwise the parent has to be vigilant, not the rest of us!

          • levp

            When my children attended P.S. 52, I prohibited them from bringing that piece they call newspaper home. I subscribed to NY Times for a few years so kids could do their news-related homework.

            Your home is the sanctuary you are looking for.
            EDIT: didn’t see Brightonresident’s earlier identical thought before posting. Anyway, note my agreement.

          • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

            And now your children are all gay elitist Islamofascists who hate America. Way to go.

          • levp

            That’s right! At least something in my parenting must have worked…