Porn Proof Your Child

Is Your Hotel Spotless?
© 2008 Teresa Cook

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Alan and Drew ducked their heads into the doorway. "Want to come watch a movie with us?"
Brandon looked up from his book. "Sure. Why not?" He followed the boys down the hall to their hotel room and settled on the side of the bed. Brandon didn’t know until the movie began that one of the boys had called the hotel desk and ordered an adult Pay-Per-View. Embarrassed and afraid of being labeled "weird" if he objected, Brandon sat and stared wide-eyed at this forbidden fruit—until one of the boys accidentally rolled over on the remote and cut off the movie.

Brandon is our son, and the above incident happened several years ago on a chaperoned youth trip to Washington, DC. Ideally, Brandon would have indignantly left the room when he saw what was playing and reported the infraction. He did neither. Peer pressure is strong, and so is a young teen’s curiosity about sex.
We didn’t learn about the exposure until three years later when Brandon confessed he was addicted to pornography. We have no doubt this experience, while not the cause of his addiction, desensitized him and predisposed him to become more easily hooked the next time he stumbled upon porn.
I don’t know what hotel chain Brandon stayed in when he saw the pornographic movie, but it really doesn’t matter since scores of hotels provide x-rated offerings. I’m sure many men can trace the roots and/or feeding of their pornography addictions to adult movies they saw in the privacy of their hotel rooms.

The episode left me with many unanswered questions. Why wasn’t the hotel staff suspicious? The Pay-Per-View request came from a block of rooms reserved for youth. Why didn’t the trip coordinators question the charge? Even though hotels don’t list movie titles on clients’ bills, a Pay-Per-View charge should have alerted the adults responsible.
But the burning question is: Why do hotels offer x-rated movies in the first place? The answer is, of course, money. Few chains willingly forgo profits from adult Pay-Per-View, which represents one-half to three-fourths of in-room movie sales. In addition, cable companies sometimes supply free TVs to hotel chains that subscribe to their Pay-Per-View. Dropping adult movies can entail costs in the millions when hotels have to replace the sets.1

Some hotels, however, put moral responsibility ahead of profits. Omni, Drury Inn, and Ritz Carlton have eliminated adult movies from their chain-owned hotels.2 Omni began phasing out the movies in 2000 and sited family values as the reason.3
Now Marriott International, owner of more than 3000 properties worldwide,4 is considering banning pornography from its in-room line-up. In May 2008, Marriott met with pro-family leaders to discuss the matter. At the unprecedented meeting, Focus on the Family presented Marriott officials with a petition signed by over 102,000 people concerned about the effects of hotel pornography. Marriott took notice and promised a decision by July.5

I pray that Marriott will, in fact, close the door on its distribution of pornography and that other chains will follow suit. But for now, you can find a safe hotel for your family vacation, business trip, or weekend getaway or check out your child’s accommodations before they travel with their youth or school group by going to Enter your destination, and Clean Hotels will give you a list of facilities that do not offer in-room pornography.
By supporting these hotels, you can send the message that family values are important and protecting our children is paramount. Take a stand against hotel pornography. After all, you can't always measure how clean your hotel is by the dust on the countertops.


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