Porn at Work: A Review

When I go to work, I know that there is a reasonable chance I will see porn. I’m even equipped with a giant monitor and a nice little protective piece of plastic so that even as I’m offered a clear view of my screen in my office, anyone walking past and peeping through the glass doors will experience pure obstruction. Over my time spent working in this industry, exposure to porn at work has become a typical hazard of the job; just as common, I assume, as a doctor or nurse being exposed to seasonal airborne scourges. For most of America, however, this is not the case. With various personalities melding together, standards and practices in place, and sexual harassment policies enforced by HR departments the country over, seeing porn at work should really be the exception, and yet, Michael Leahy’s book about pornography at work tells a vastly different story.[1]

Leahy’s book briefly explores his own descent into the world of Internet pornography addiction and uses his own experiences to provide illustrations to what seem like impossible statistics. Both Human Resource Professionals and the American Management Association are referenced in the book as having stated alarming numbers of employees fired for using pornography at work, which is far less surprising when considering that our 70% of our non-pornographic programming, excluding things like children’s shows and the news, averages 5 sex scenes per hour.[2] Although I started the book considering my porn exposure at work unique, by the time I was finished, I wasn’t surprised by the early claim that 70% of online porn access happens at work during normal office hours.[3]

Porn at Work is an interesting read for anyone who is curious about the prevalence of pornography in our society. For anyone who has doubts about the addictive qualities of Internet Pornography, they need only to see the stats about people risking their careers, reputations, livelihoods, and families because eight hours at work is too long to go without pornography access.  It really gets into the ubiquity of porn use; even though it’s really common, we still somehow seem to have a collective view as a society of a certain type of person that would use it at work or at other inappropriate places, but as Leahy, a well-respected business and family man’s story highlights, it can be anyone who is struggling.

 

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[1] Michael Leahy, Porn at Work Exposing the Office’s #1 Addiction, (Chicago, Northfield Publishing, 2009).

[2] Leahy, 58.

[3] Leahy, 19

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