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Why Every City, State, And Country Should Declare Porn A Public Health Concern

By March 21, 2016 February 14th, 2017 No Comments

On March 10, 2016 the Utah House of Representatives voted unanimously to declare pornography a public health crisis in the state. The resolution does not ban or prohibit pornography but instead recognizes the dangers pornography poses to the health of the residents of the state. This effort to educate the public on the state level is a huge step forward for the movement, and other states should seek to follow in Utah’s footsteps.

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Imagine a world where people were actually informed on the harms of pornography before they were dealing with these harms themselves. A world where both adults and children were taught that watching porn can lead to addiction, erectile dysfunction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, dissatisfaction with real relationships, unhealthy expectations for sex, and divorce. Choosing to watch porn would be much like choosing to smoke a cigarette. Thanks to widespread education on smoking, most people know the dangers involved before they ever light up a cigarette. That’s because our generation has long had the science and information to show us how harmful smoking cigarettes is. But it wasn’t always that way; tobacco companies used to advertise without restraint and millions of people smoked because our society had no idea that smoking in restaurants and hospitals was a bad thing. Now we know better. Our society is currently going through this same transition period with pornography. When most people encounter porn, they have no idea of the potential dangers. But science is now showing us just how harmful it can be. If more states would make the decision to declare pornography a public health crisis, society would start to realize the harmful effects of pornography on individuals, relationships, and society.

Related: Canada Passes Motion To Conduct Countrywide Study on Harmful Effects of Porn

Another plus to more states declaring porn a public health issue would be the big hit to the porn industry. It’s no secret that this exploitative industry seeks to addict young children in hopes of making them a lifelong consumer. One of the obvious ways they do this is by making URLs for porn websites very similar to popular children’s websites. Often, a child who makes a simple typo while doing their homework can end up encountering hardcore pornography. And as we’ve learned from thousands of heartbreaking personal accounts, a child’s first exposure can lead to a lifelong addiction. Children are unable to make an informed decision on using pornography because they have not been educated on its harms, and should never be exposed to that graphic of material. Pornography’s power to trap a young user in addiction is immeasurable, and the industry knows it. By declaring porn a public health issue, each state will be protecting children from early exposure to porn, which is something that everyone should be able to get on board with regardless of their views on the topic.

If more states declare pornography to be a public health crisis, the pornography industry would no longer have this same power. Many more children would be protected from viewing things they never intended to find and are completely unprepared to see. As Senator Todd Weiler of Utah said on the state’s new resolution, “Within a few clicks, they can see some of the most vile and disgusting images that the mind can imagine. For us to pretend that this has no impact on our values and on our society and culture and the brain development of our adolescents is very naïve.”

Related: The Percentage of 12-Year-Olds Who Admit Being Addicted to Porn Will Shock You

We’ve always encouraged people to fight for love and not fall for the counterfeit love that porn presents. How awesome would it be if each state recognized porn as a public health crisis, creating even more fighters for real love and real relationships?

 

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