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More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks.

The Arizona Senate approved a resolution this week calling for a systemic effort to prevent exposure to porn that's increasingly accessible to younger kids online. At least one legislative chamber has adopted a similar resolution in 15 other states.

"It is an epidemic in our society, and this makes a statement that we have a problem," said Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican who blamed pornography for contributing to violence against women, sexual activity among teens and unintended pregnancies.


Linking those social issues to pornography is "compete fear-mongering," said Mark Kernes, a senior editor at the trade publication Adult Video News media network. Pornography is harmless entertainment meant for adults, he said. "We're not really a public-health anything," Kernes said.

The Arizona resolution that passed Monday doesn't ban pornography or create any other legal changes, but it could signal future action. Similar declarations have been passed in GOP-controlled states ranging from Tennessee to Montana and been adopted in the Republican Party's national platform.

Many of the resolutions are based on a model written by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, an anti-porn group that cites research linking it to a range of problems and argues that it's become too ubiquitous for individuals to combat alone.

But others say the public-crisis label is a misguided approach.

Research has raised questions about the effect of explicit material on young kids, but links to other often-cited issues like human trafficking are tenuous at best, said Emily Rothman, a community health sciences professor at Boston University.

The resolutions risk creating a stigma for marginalized groups like LGBTQ people and miss a key piece of the puzzle by leaving out calls for more robust sex education for teenagers, she said.

And porn isn't like a deadly virus, she said.

"If you stub your toe, that might be something you can't solve yourself, but that doesn't make it a public health issue," Rothman said.

Several Arizona Democrats said the state has more important health threats to confront, such as measles, opioids, homelessness and suicide.

Plus, pornography can be part of a healthy sex life for adults, said Albuquerque-based sex therapist David Ley, who sees the resolutions as a backlash against changing attitudes about sexuality.

"It's just virtue signaling, there's literally no effect," he said.

But the legislation could pave the way for future steps, like keeping publicly funded internet at places like schools and libraries from being used to access porn, said Haley Halverson with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which is working on new model legislation for states taking those next steps.

"We think these resolutions are really powerful, although they're non-binding, because they raise awareness and educate the public, and hopefully can lay the groundwork to make more resources available to those people who potentially struggle with pornography," she said.

Any future steps to restrict access to pornography have to be handled carefully to avoid running afoul of the First Amendment, said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute.

"When you declare it as a public health crisis, people see that as a blank check for the government to do something about it," he said.

Utah was the first state to pass an anti-porn resolution in 2016. In the years since, lawmakers have passed bills tightening up filters on wireless internet at public libraries and getting out information to parents about controls available at home, said Republican Rep. Todd Weiler, the effort's sponsor.

Another new state law lets parents sue pornography makers if their kids need treatment for problems related to porn use, though it wasn't immediately clear whether anyone has made a legal challenge through it.

"We're trying to shed a light on an issue that some people don't think it's OK to talk about," he said.

 

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Good. 

The easy access to pornography is detrimental to society as a whole, men and woman, and especially to minors. 

 

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30 minutes ago, Winnie. said:

Good. 

The easy access to pornography is detrimental to society as a whole, men and woman, and especially to minors. 

 

Definitely an unpopular opinion in these parts, but honestly I agree with you. We been knew and it's not just conservatives who are saying this.

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As far as porn goes, my issue with it is that it's unrealistic and creates an unrealistic standard dead2

Other than that, as a non-breeder, it really doesn't effect me -- and the arguments that conservatives use against it are simply ironic and hysterical. 

Considering that behind closed doors, conservatives consume porn in numbers that are just as high as any demographic. 

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48 minutes ago, Winnie. said:

Good. 

The easy access to pornography is detrimental to society as a whole, men and woman, and especially to minors. 

 

I agree that it is detrimental to minors, but disagree regarding adults. Masturbation has health benefits, and pornography can be a positive outlet for people who want to come in contact with different sides of their own sexuality in a safe way. If anything, I would agree that the way some types of pornography are produced are detrimental, but not the whole industry.

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The problem is parents giving their young children too much unsupervised access to the internet. Kids are curious and they're going to find their way to adult sites one way or another if there's no adult filters in place. This is the fault of irresponsible parents -- not the porn industry. 

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There are detrimental effects related to porn, but almost none of them are actually what Republican lawmakers claim. They're using it as a scapegoat for just yet another moral panic.

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1 hour ago, Americunt said:

There are detrimental effects related to porn, but almost none of them are actually what Republican lawmakers claim. They're using it as a scapegoat for just yet another moral panic.

^^^ agreed

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2 hours ago, Hermione said:

Definitely an unpopular opinion in these parts, but honestly I agree with you. We been knew and it's not just conservatives who are saying this.

#HermionesWithHim!

#4MoreYears!

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porn like the Music Industry is so annyoning these days, it takes me forever to even find a good Video and that is not unrealistic and basic as fuck, with shaved muscle hunks 

Because I'm trying to do the best I can And they can't find something to satisfy me jj5 

 

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6 hours ago, Chris Morlock said:

Another new state law lets parents sue pornography makers if their kids need treatment for problems related to porn use

The fuck nicki5

When will parents take responsibility and when will we as a society accept pornstars and sex workers as people

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6 hours ago, Americunt said:

There are detrimental effects related to porn, but almost none of them are actually what Republican lawmakers claim. They're using it as a scapegoat for just yet another moral panic.

THIS. Most of these fuckers probably jack off to gay interracial porn themselves.

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conservatives declaring porn a moral issue...sounds like another smoke screen bebe1 

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4 hours ago, ParentalAdvisory said:

porn like the Music Industry is so annyoning these days, it takes me forever to even find a good Video and that is not unrealistic and basic as fuck, with shaved muscle hunks 

Because I'm trying to do the best I can And they can't find something to satisfy me jj5 

 

I've seen everything but shaved muscle hunks whit1

Which I don't like sksk

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13 hours ago, I Brings That Levity said:

Can the US gov like seriously stop making every single thing a national emergency/crisis. brit15

It's the Republicans brit15

 

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Can we focus on the actual health care crisis going on in this country? laughcry1 Y'know, how people don't have it or can't afford it? 

On 5/9/2019 at 9:42 PM, Darth Sidious said:

Other than that, as a non-breeder

I haven't related to a label so hard in a long time. 

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9 minutes ago, LittleDudeNT5 said:

Can we focus on the actual health care crisis going on in this country? laughcry1 Y'know, how people don't have it or can't afford it? 

I haven't related to a label so hard in a long time. 

I feel it's sufficient enough to put in the header of my resume to be honest rip4

 

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22 hours ago, ParentalAdvisory said:

it takes me forever to even find a good Video and that is not unrealistic and basic as fuck

Tea honestly

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