Utah Stated Porn a ‘Health Crisis.’

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Gary Herbert, the Utah Governor, a few weeks ago had signed a resolution that is sponsored by Utah’s Senator Todd Weiler declaring that porn is so toxic that it ruins our youth’s self-esteem, increases the demand for the sexually explicit images of children, and it is just as addictive as the methamphetamine.

The only issue is that much of the research it quotes is just plain wrong.

The Utah’s resolution is dull in that it does not prohibit porn outright, but calls for more education & the prevention to keep hardcore stuff away from the children.

It alleges, among the other things:

Utah Stated Porn a ‘Health Crisis.’

Gov. Herbert had “signed” the resolution on Tuesday as the ceremonial gesture, however he had already officially signed it on 29 March. Weiler said that he understands that his resolution is differentiating.

“Look, I am not some cooky Mormon from Utah who is trying to impose his religion on rest of the nation, I am not trying to ban anything, for me this’s about warning people & protecting the children.”

To his credit, Utah love pornography. However, Mormon Church of Latter-day Saints, a report discovered as recently as 2009 that Utah was the highest per-capita purchaser of adult entertainment.

Nevertheless, state’s resolution misses mark because the sources for the “facts” are misguided. Weiler features his footnotes to a report presented by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), that is a known anti-pornography group that bases much of its own pejorative evidence on the anecdotes & misguided conclusions.

One of co-authors of 2012 report, Dr. Eric Owens of the West Chester University said that his paper should not have even been used as a chief source because it’s a review of literature, and not a study.

“I believe they didn’t represent our article accurately,” he said, adding, “The vast majority of literature discussed in our article didn’t indicate causality. That’s, the research on adolescent use of Internet pornography doesn’t indicate that the use of pornography causes negative outcomes. At most, there’re correlations, but it could be that individuals who’re more prone to negative behaviors listed in Center’s document are likely to consume Internet pornography.”

However the NCSE backs up its claims that porn industry is exploding, on the other hand when it needs the facts to prove that porn is a real public health issue, it uses the anecdotes: “A young female college student said that her abuser seemed to get more aroused the more she suffered. It seemed like he’s reenacting a scene from pornography.”

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