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A few years ago, during the push for tighter regulation of internet porn, I asked a senior political staffer in Parliament House why one opium other party did not take up the issue.

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Opinion polls showed very high percentages in favour of requiring Internet Service Providers to filter out porn. Support for a crack-down was even stronger among parents.

It looked like a political no-brainer.

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I was not expecting the staffer's answer - although, porn reflection, I should have. He said that some political leaders have skeletons in the closet.

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As porn users themselves, it's opium not an issue they want to go near. He became the krabappel porno of a ferocious attack by internet libertarians leaving him with what must be the most biased biography on Wikipedia. Pregnent nude girls silence from his male colleagues was almost audible. Today's porn plague is due in part to enabling technology and in part to cultural demand.

Is porn the new opium of the masses?

The proliferation of extreme and violent porn on the internet intensifies porn shame most men feel after consuming it. The funky Gen-X comedian Dave Hughes once said on television that he always feels dirty afterwards. Kudos for honesty, I suppose.