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Utah becomes 1st state to declare pornography a public health crisis

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2016 at 9:50 AM
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Utah becomes 1st state to declare pornography a public health crisis

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah became the first state in the country to declare pornography a public health crisis, and called on the industry and businesses Tuesday to help keep "evil, degrading, addictive" materials away from children.

Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution the state Legislature unanimously passed earlier this year calling for education, prevention, research and policy changes to address the pornography "epidemic."

"We realize this is a bold assertion," the governor said, acknowledging some would disagree that it has become a health crisis. "It is, in fact, the full-fledged truth."

Herbert also signed a bill requiring computer technicians to report to authorities finding child pornography in the course of their work.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said his resolution doesn't ban anything or infringe on freedom of speech.

Weiler, who says he was "mocked and scorned" in some major publications for raising the issue, said he wants to safeguard children from exposure to sexually explicit images.

He said he's not advocating any new laws but is asking businesses and government agencies "to do the right thing."

"We have restaurants, fast-food restaurants, some of which cater to children, who are providing free and unfiltered Wi-Fi as well as public libraries," Weiler said. "If a library or McDonald's or anyone else was giving out cigarettes to our children we would be picketing them."

The senator said state and federal leaders need to encourage internet service providers to make default settings porn free and make people opt in to pornography.

BYU family life professor Brian Willoughby said he believes there's now enough research to suggest pornography is a significant health crisis. Numerous studies, he said, connect pornography use to lower mental health outcomes and relationship well-being and detrimental expectations about sex.

Still, he said more research is needed on the short-term and long-term effects of pornography.

"We're far from being able to make definitive causal statements about what pornography does and how it influences everyone who views it. However, the circumstantial research evidence that we do have all point to and suggest pornography is not harmless," Willoughby said.

He said he hopes the resolution will start an open and frank conversation about the role pornography plays in the socialization of young people.

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Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM
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Utah has the highest proportion of men aged between 15 to 25 years old in the country; by far, so I can easily see why they would be the first state to passed the ordinate.
Debmomto2teens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM
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No, I don't think it is a public health crisis. If you are a sex addict, you would be one whether or not pornogrpahy existed. You (obviously general you) choose whether or not to look at it.

I have issues with pornogrpahy based on I think it exploits women, but it's not a hazard.
Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM
I don't think it's a public health crisis.

LGAll65
by on Apr. 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM
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No it's not but it's creepy to want to watch people having sex .
It's a private matter .
I've seen some hard core tripleX rated porn ( in Germany) and it was not entertaining .
It's not a public health hazard and if people enjoy it , fine . But it gives people a really skewed look at human sexuality .
Just my opinion and that of my friends and relatives . No , I'm not at all religious . It's not " a sin " to watch porn . It's just creepy . I don't want to see the genitals of actors and don't need to
shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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Good luck trying to suppress a billion dollar industry based upon sex. What shall your next totally pointless endeavor be, Governor?
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Mommato5kids
by on Apr. 20, 2016 at 11:07 AM
Utah never ceases to amaze me. I'm so glad we moved!
happinessforyou
by Bronze Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 1:01 PM
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Is Utah finally going to address the whole polygamy issue as well? They are aware of the number of people living 1 man and whole bunch of wives and kids, they gonna address that too???

IMO- porn is not my thing, but I find it way more offensive to continue to allow whole towns to live the polygamist lifestyle........... lol

DensHag
by Bronze Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 1:03 PM
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What I find ironic is that Utah is the state where the most residents are downloading porn. You can't just legislate that out of people.
Kwitcherbetchen
by Silver Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 1:20 PM
Wow just wow!! How does consensual polygamy hurt anyone? I understand how non consensual polygamy where there are arranged marriages is wrong but when all parties are in agreement and of consenting age it is no different than gay marriage.

Quoting happinessforyou:

Is Utah finally going to address the whole polygamy issue as well? They are aware of the number of people living 1 man and whole bunch of wives and kids, they gonna address that too???

IMO- porn is not my thing, but I find it way more offensive to continue to allow whole towns to live the polygamist lifestyle........... lol

Sundance8
by Silver Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 2:43 PM
I don't agree with this, but it sounds like Ted Cruz's kind of place.
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