Don't hide pornography away

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 June, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 June, 1993, 12:00am

PAT Atkinson's letter (South China Morning Post, June 29) ''Porn a hazard to our health'' smacks uncomfortably of Victorian ideology. Your correspondent has a very poor opinion of today's youth if she really believes that a glimpse of a glossy picture is going to leave them morally scarred.

It is a ludicrous suggestion that pictures of scantily-clad ladies have led to the moral degeneration of our youth and the downward slide of the moral fabric of our society. The world over you will find small boys and girls pointing and giggling at the magazines on the newsagent's top shelf but I am sure that even Ms Atkinson will not try and tell us that they have all been affected and are now moral degenerates.

I am no campaigning advocate of pornography but I do see that it has a place in our society. Ever since man was able to write he has penned erotic works. Ever since man could draw he has painted nudes. And as soon as the camera was invented pornographic pictures have been taken.

Surely it is better that we educate our children about pornography than try and hide it away where we run the risk of making it another ''forbidden fruit''.

I wonder if Ms Atkinson would like to return to the days where we have to cover up the curves of our dining room table legs, where we ban such literary classics as Lady Chatterley's Lover and where we take down the nudes that adorn the walls of the greatest galleries across the globe? SIMON MCCRUM Central