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Utah Becomes First State to Declare Porn a ‘Health Hazard’

 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday, one of which makes the Beehive State the first in the nation to officially declare porn a “public health hazard.”

One is a resolution and the other is a bill.

The S.C.R. Concurrent Resolution on the Public Health Crisis says porn is a “public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.” The resolution is meant to raise awareness and education. It does not specifically ban pornography in the state, but It cites several harmful effects of porn, including:

  • Porn treats “women as objects and commodities for the viewer’s use.”
  • Porn “equates violence toward women and children with sex and pain with pleasure, which increases the demand for sex-trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse images, and child pornography.”

The bill, H.B. 155, requires that computer technicians who find child pornography during their work must report it to authorities. The failure to report child pornography would result in a class B misdemeanor, according to the bill. The bill also says that Internet service providers are not liable if the provider “reports child pornography in compliance with specified federal law.”

The resolution and the bill have wide support of lawmakers and citizens all across the state. Utah Sen. Todd Weiler, the chief sponsor of both pieces of legislation, said, “Pornography today is like tobacco was 70 years ago.”

The bills also have support of people outside of Utah. Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, was present at the signing. She has spoken out against porn in many instances, including in a 2015 interview when she said, “Pornography encourages viewers to view their sexual partners in a dehumanized way, and it increases the acceptance and enjoyment of sexual violence and harmful beliefs about women, sex, and rape.”

Both pieces of legislation come after a 2009 Harvard Business School study found that Utah residents were the highest per capita purchasers of online adult entertainment in the United States.

There are many experts, however, that do not agree that pornography is a “health hazard” and assert porn can help improve sexual education and even increase libido.

Dan Pollets, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist, says in the content of a functional relationship, “the viewing of erotic images can be used to enhance the sexual relationship. For many couples, sharing fantasies and communicating about them can be a positive and healthy aspect of the relationship. It can intensify a couple’s sexual relationship and introduce novelty, inspire experimentation and generally add some spice to lovemaking.”

To learn more about pornography, its effects, and a list of resources, visit our Pornography Addiction page.

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