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The Good Guys: When Major Corporations Say No To Profiting Off Porn

As a $97 billion a year global industry, porn has become a viable revenue stream for otherwise legitimate corporations. Gas stations and gift shops sell porn magazines, hotels offer porn films as part of their in-room entertainment services, clothing/apparel companies continue to push the boundaries of pornographic advertising, cable and internet service providers offer a wide array of options to cater to the pornography viewing experience, and the list goes on and on. 

With too many major corporations secretly (and not-so-secretly) profiting off the porn industry, we figured we would shout out a few of the good guys - the major worldwide corporations that have publicly rejected pornography and chosen to make their millions of dollars without making porn a part of their bottom line, as easy as it would be for them to do so. 

So here are five awesome companies that have kicked porn to the curb in the last decade, choosing not to be responsible for the proliferation of this new drug in society.

1. Google

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Just a few months ago, in July of this year, Google released a statement to their advertisers, informing them of Google’s new policy to no longer accept AdWords advertisements containing explicit language or that link to porn sites. For the average Googler, users will no longer see any sidebar search results or ads for porn sites.

While this was a move that will significantly affect Google’s reported $100 million a day AdWords revenue, they made the decision anyway to walk away from making money off of porn. 

Mad props, Google.

2. Sony Corp.

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In early 2007, Sony Corp. announced that it would not work with the adult film industry to put porn movies on Sony’s popular Blu-ray Disc format.

The company disallowed its disc-replicating outlet, Sony DADC Global, to handle adult film titles. Sony or any of it’s subsidiaries won’t duplicate any movies that are above a certain rating or that have not been certified by a local motion picture association.

Basically, Sony told pornographers that they would have to find somewhere else to produce their content. Sony cut the porn industry out of their Blu-ray camp and told their Blu-ray replicators that if they produced adult content, they would lose their license.

So despite facing the threat of being surpassed by competitors in the high definition disc market that were willing to take the business of the porn industry, Sony said no to profiting off of porn. 

You rock, Sony.

3. Marriott International

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In 2011, Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, released a statement saying it would no longer offer in-room adult films. Marriott’s statement said it would “phase out porn over the next few years … across our system,” and that, “it is our practice to keep adult content out of the reach of children and unavailable to any adult who chooses not to view it.”

The change has affected nearly 600,000 rooms in the Marriott-brand hotels, which include Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, as well as Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC and others.

While in-room porn films have been known to be a solid stream of revenue for hotel chains, Marriott wasn’t cool with being one of them.

Good for you, Marriott.

4. Apple

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Here is just one of the million reasons that Apple is awesome. The innovative company is actually very well known to be against porn. Legendary Apple founder Steve Jobs said in an email exchange with a customer in 2011, that he believed he had a “moral responsibility” to reject pornographic content on Apple products.

He famously wrote, “Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android.”

Jobs also defended his stance against a critique from a magazine writer who objected to an Apple commercial calling the iPad a revolution, while banning porn in the App Store. ”Revolutions are about freedom,” the journalist wrote.

Jobs responded that Apple products offer users freedom from porn, and told the writer that he might care more about porn when he had children.

Apple’s App Store guidelines are very clear about pornography:

Apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings”, will be rejected.

Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex. “Chat Roulette” Apps) will be rejected.

Apple seemed to feel that with all of its impressive technological achievements to be remembered, it didn’t want “making it easier to view porn” to be one of them.

Can Apple get any cooler?

5. Omni Hotels & Resorts

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Omni Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel chain that offers over 20,000 rooms all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In 1999, Omni was credited as the first national hotel chain to remove porn from their services.

"This was never a business decision," said Omni spokesperson Caryn Kboudi. "Our ownership at the time had younger children, and it just wasn’t a way as an organization that we felt we wanted to make money."

You’re awesome, Omni. Enough said. 

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We respect cool companies that decide to ignore the dollar signs they could be making, in favor of not promoting and increasing the demand for something as harmful as pornography.

If you are with us, share this article and let people know who the good guys are. 

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Hiccstrid Parallels (2/?) 

DIES.

omg I’ve always loved Astrid for this. She doesn’t just try and talk to him at a normal level, because she knows he avoids eye contact. He’s used of a life of people LITERALLY looking down at him, so he just escapes by glancing downward when he feels inadequate. But she won’t have it from him— she gets down ON HIS LEVEL and makes him look up. Makes him see what she sees: somebody worthwhile and worth looking straight in the eye.

skeleton-by-numbers:

allthingscatholic:

1) Christian charity (also see Who Invented Charity?)
The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul: the first professional nurses

2) Monsignor Georges Lemaître

3) Brother Andrew Gordon, OSB

4) Fra. Roger Bacon, OFM

5) Father Roberto Busa, SJ: Inventor of Hypertext

6) Abbot Gregor Mendel, OSA

Source: Catholic Memes

Also see: Catholic Lab Posters

Being a Catholic does not mean you “can’t believe in science”.

When I tried to read Shakespeare in my teens the character criticism of the nineteenth century stood between me and my enjoyment. There were all sorts of things in the plays which I could have enjoyed; but I had got it into my head that the only proper and grown-up way of appreciating Shakespeare was to be very interested in the truth and subtlety of his character drawing. A play opened with thunder and lightning and witches on a heath. This was very much in my line: but oh the disenchantment when I was told—or thought I was told—that what really ought to concern me was the effect of these witches on Macbeth’s character!
C.S. Lewis, “Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” Annual Shakespeare Lecture, 22 April 1942 (via nwclerk)

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