Wednesday 21 February 2018

I miss good old days of 'Playboy', says senator

Senator Mary O'Brien
Senator Mary O'Brien

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

A LEADING female senator has said she is nostalgic for the days of the 'Hustler', 'Penthouse' and 'Playboy' porn magazines due to the "gross scenes" available on the internet now.

Senator Mary O'Brien, who was appointed to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, is the founder of Lily O'Brien's chocolates and the co-founder of the Jack and Jill charity for severely sick babies.

She criticised the current level of pornography available on the internet for "poisoning our children's minds" with material that would only have been available in an extreme fetish club a decade ago.

"I never thought I would stand up in the Irish Seanad and feel nostalgic for 'Hustler', 'Penthouse' or 'Playboy' but we must now admit that we must think of them as part of the good old days," she said.

Ms O'Brien said the effect of internet pornography on children was devastating. "They think these gross scenes are normal," she said.

And she criticised Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte for saying that he would not force internet service providers to block pornography that could be viewed by children.

Irish Independent

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