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Pornography a bad influence?
Apparently, Ms. McGowan (Oct. 30) places a lot of
weight on one study of pornography, concluding that
porn undoubtedly causes rapes. I thought about this
relationship, (I know we white, male, business majors
don't think, we just lust money and oppress women) and I
did some further research into psychological studies of
pornography. In one. performed by Brown, Amoroso,
and Ware in 1976 and presented in the Journal of Social
Psychology, male subjects were exposed to porn films. A
temporary increase in masturbation was reported, but no
increase in other sexual behavior occurred.
One other study done by George R. Kirkpatrick at the
University of Oklahoma may be of interest. It consisted of
interviews with leaders of antipornography crusades, lead
. ers of civil libertarian opposition and a control groupRe
sults of the interviews supported the hypothesis . . that
crusaders are more highly suppressive of sexuality, more
intolerant of deviant behavior, and more ready to inflict
punishment than are comparison groups."
It may surprise Ms. McGowan to know that I too
deplore oppression, especially the oppression of a cultural
stereotype. The worst kind of oppression occurs when
people attempt to impose their personal code of ethics on
the rest of society.
' , Matt King
Junior, College of Business
Nuclear power analyzed
It appears that Charles Pille (letter Oct. 17), is well-
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dustry, but he obviously knows little about the issues
surrounding the nuclear questions.
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on both sides of the issue. Some of the experts who are
critical of the nuclear power industry include the
Harold C. Urey, professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Uni-.
versity of California at San Diego. Victor Weisskopf, pro
fessor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. James .
Bryant Connat, president emeritus of Harvard University;
Chairman, National Defense Research Committee During
World War II; General Advisory Committee of the Atomic
These men are members of the Union of Concerned
Scientists, which is an organization that issued a Sci
entists' Declaration on Nuclear Power and that was given
to Congress and the President of the United States on the
30th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and
signed by more than 2,000 biologists, chemists, engineers
and other scientists. In that Declaration they stated:
. . the country must recognize that it now appears
imprudent to move forward with a rapidly expanding
nuclear power plant construction program. The risks of
doing so are altogether too great. We, therefore, urge
a drastic reduction in new nuclear power plant con
struction starts before major progress is achieved in the
required research and in resolving present controversies
about safety, waste disposal, and plutonium safeguards.
For similar reasons, we urge the nation to suspend its
program of exporting nuclear plants to other countries
pending resolution of the national security questions
associated with the use by these countries of the by
product plutonium from United States nuclear re
There are other engineers and scientists who have quit
working in the nuclear industry either out of principle or
Likewise, there are "non-expert", pro-nuclear people
who are as uninformed as many of the anti-nuclear peo
ple. Many of these pro-nuclear people have almost a fervid
religious belief or cult -like "Jimmy Jones" faith in tech
nology being able to solve all the problems associated with
nuclear power. But the experts cannot even agree. We
need experts to objectively advise and educate the lay'per
sons and the policy makers, but they alone should not be
allowed to make the decisions. The decisions must be
made democratically in the political arena; or are we to
deny the basic founding principles of this country?
r Nuclear power is not cheap, Without the government
financing fuel fabrication and safety system development,
nuclear power would never have been considered econom
ical. Without the waiving of liability insurance, no utility
would ever have been able to build a nuclear plant. The
costs of disposing of the nuclear waste that have accumu
lated over. the past 30 years have yet to be included in the
costs of plants. In fact, there is no existing permanent
waste disposal system which would be needed even if
breeders were used. ,
In addition to the economics, in the early stages of the
industry, there was little foresight given to the political,
social, and environmental issues, which have since come to
light. This previous lack of foresight and lack of con
tinuous feedback and participation by the general public
has resulted in the present backlash of negative feedback
towards the nuclear industry. The democratic, process,
which includes the right of dissent and civil disobedience,
is finally at work. The decisions to be made regarding
nuclear power should be made democratically and not
only by technocrats, alleged experts, or vested interests.
These issues apply not only to the nuclear power in
dustry but to many other aspects of a post -industrial
society. Many of the people who are simply regarded as
anti-nuclear are, actually concerned about the greater
sphere of questions and impacts concerning technology,
and our civilization. Some of the alternatives presented by
these people would decentralize the entire electrical
power system in coordination with a massive energy con
scious restructuring of our building systems, urban
systems, transportation systems, and of course, our edu
cational systems. These alternatives do not include
centralized nuclear power plants. But you nuclear
engineers don't need to worry, there will be more than
enough jobs available, for many centuries to come, in the
"Waste Containment and Clean-Up Program."
Senior, Urban Studies
Senior, International Affairs
Senior, Electrical Engineering
, Jeffery V. Lindstrom
Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering
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