May 2006: Do Peep Shows “Cause” Crime? A Response to Linz, Paul, and Yao
Do Peep Shows “Cause” Crime? A Response to Linz, Paul, and Yao
Richard McCleary and James W. Meeker, University of California, Irvine, Journal of Sex Research, Volume 43, Number 2, May 2006: pp. 194–196
Government regulation of adult entertainment businesses, including peep shows, must be aimed at mitigating adverse secondary effects such as crime. To determine whether San Diego’s regulations meet this Constitutional threshold, Linz, Paul, and Yao (2006) compared police calls-for-service (CFSs) in peep show and control areas. Finding no significant difference, they concluded that San Diego has no legitimate rationale for regulating any aspect of peep shows. We disagree not only with the Linz et al. finding, but also with the logical adequacy of their conclusion. Their finding is a methodological artifact, in our opinion, and their conclusion is a fallacy. Before explaining our opinion, however, we disclose two facts.