Ex 'lads' mag' editor: I regret my part in normalising porn

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Martin Daubney, who edited Loaded magazine for eight years, said becoming a father and turning 40 radically changed the way he looked at things.

Now he is concerned about an ‘emotional time-bomb’ for the next generation of young men as children get desensitised by online access to pornographic images.

 

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Mr Daubney took over at Loaded in 2002. He said his magazine gave its readers exactly what they wanted but ‘the more we gave them, the more they demanded – and the racier we had to become in order to satiate their desires’.

He said that he became a ‘skilled defender of the indefensible’ as he took on critics of his publication.

But the former Loaded editor said his life ‘changed for ever’ when he became a father in 2009. ‘A month later,’ he added, ‘I turned 40. Almost overnight, my world view changed.’

 

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