The Utah Senate has voted that porn is a public health crisis for their state. Why? Maybe because Harvard research shows that Utah consumes it so much they top the the list. PC World gave them the embarrassing title of “Online Porn Capital Of America.”
SCR9, the resolution approving porn is a menace, doesn’t actually do anything specific. It’s simply a declaration. Utah senator Todd Weiler would like to treat porn much like they do tobacco or alcohol as they say it’s a health risk due to recent scientific findings. I guess that means they’re going to put a special tax on Utah citizens whenever they visit a porn site?
I’m not sure what research Todd is referring to, but if he knows anything about the history of declaring porn a menace he might want to do some reading. There is no conclusive evidence that porn is solely harmful. The presidential commission in 1970 could not find anything substantial and the same was true for the 1985 Meese Commission. Fact is, the Meese Commission was worried about the spread of porn via VHS tapes (remember VHS?) and predicted we would have an eventual epidemic on our hands if it wasn’t curbed. …Could they even fathom Internet porn? We have more porn, more varieties of porn and more ease of access to porn than ever–and America hasn’t ended! So much for the link to rape, depravity, and violence that fundamentalists and feminists thought would run rampant.
I don’t want to say there aren’t any ill effects to porn. There’s good and bad with any “product.” But if Utah is now the capital of online consumption of porn they should look in their own backyard to see why? Because wouldn’t porn be the symptom and not the cause? Sexual repression, outdated family values, unhappy marriages, church hype on how one spouse is supposed to fulfill all your desires? It seems the more religiously conservative a person is the more likely they will secretly watch porn or commit adultery or be caught with a hooker.
BTW: SCR9 declares porn a public health hazard? I wonder how far a state can reach into the private sex lives of individuals when something is declared as such?