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Last summer, very visible billboards of a bikini-clad girl were pasted up along Highway 49 to promote a local tanning business (Journal, May 10, 2011). Regardless what you think about tanning, these were highly offensive — portraying that young woman as an “object” to be ogled. There were protests from good people wanting to rid our community of this publicly displayed soft pornography, but they were silenced quickly in the name of, apparently, someone’s freedom to visually assault us with smut. But those billboards were mild compared to the current ones. We see that same girl with her legs in a grossly suggestive pose. The poor girl is paid to display herself in this humiliating way, and we, including our children, are forced to be an audience to it. Ugh. Sadly, this time, I didn’t see or hear any protest. Though the situation got worse, no one objected. It’s easy to see why pornography and immorality are running rampant in our society — we feel too intimidated, too ineffectual, maybe even too busy, to say anything. I’ve been part of the problem, waiting for “someone else” to address this issue. No more. I feel that we, as a community of principled individuals, should stand against this offensive treatment of women and loss of innocence of our youth. Who’s with me? Doreen Wood, Auburn