The Pentagon has rejected a request to stop selling pornographic magazines on military bases.
Morality in Media, an anti-porn watchdog group, recently asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discontinue the sale of Penthouse, Playboy, and other nude magazines.
The group cited a federal law that forbids the sale of sexually explicit material on bases.
But in a response letter, the Department of Defense defended the sale of such magazines.
The Pentagon said it had reviewed them and "based on the totality of each magazine's content, they were not sexually explicit," according to the law's definition.
Morality in Media points out the law in question states, "The term 'sexually explicit material' means … visual depictions, produced in any medium, the dominant theme of which depicts or describes nudity … in a lascivious way."