WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31, 2013) – Morality in Media (MIM) calls the decision by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to remove sexually explicit magazines from their shelves a great victory in its effort to stop sexual exploitation in the Military. While officials claim this change is due to lack of sales, MIM has led the charge to remove these items in light of the Military’s sexual exploitation scandal.
The development comes after the release of a Department of Defense letter claiming that pornography magazines can be sold on base, even though the Military Honor and Decency Act “prohibits the sale or rental of sexually explicit material on property under DOD jurisdiction.” The letter goes on to say that a Pentagon review board approves Penthouse, Playboy and other pornographic magazines because the board does not consider them to be “sexually explicit.”
“It is a great victory that the Army and Air Force exchanges will finally stop selling sexually exploitive magazines. Hopefully the other branches will follow suit or Secretary Hagel will order their removal from all bases,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of Morality in Media.