The Week: i-Q - The Internet Question - Are lads' mags to blame for irresponsible behaviour?

Shadow education secretary Michael Gove is over-simplifying a complex issue to get a Daily Mail headline. He knows it will work little needles into the "outrage" gland of Britain's small-minded minority. - Richard Hayter

I detest this culture of excuses that we are creating. Can we not, rather than look for controllable media influences on people's behaviour, just promote a culture of accountability for one's actions? - Michael Laws

There's more going on here than two mags with a high nipple count. Take the lack of decent sex education. It isn't compulsory in schools and the result is patchy at best.

Running two online men's mags, I've seen the result of this woeful policy first hand. Grown men have asked our experts really basic questions about their bodies and those of the opposite sex. If Mr Gove wants to sort out society, then giving guys the knowledge to form successful relationships would be a good start.

It's about time politicians faced up to the realities of our society rather than going after cheap headlines. - Will Callaghan

These mags are the Spearmint Rhino of the publishing world. They exist because men like to behave badly, not the other way round. - Gabriel Miller

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