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Porn Has Been Declared A Public Health Hazard In This U.S. State

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Apparently, porn is a public health risk. Well, at least it is according to the U.S. state of Utah. The typically Mormon state and Republican Governor Gary Herbert has declared that pornography “perpetuates a sexually toxic environment”. Sorry, PornHub.

While Utah’s bill does not ban pornography, it calls for greater “efforts to prevent pornography exposure and addiction”. The bill says pornography is “contributing to the hyper-sexualisation of teens, and even prepubescent children, in our society.” According to Governor Herbert, the move is to “protect our families and our young people” from what the bill calls an ‘epidemic’. It doesn’t, however, suggest how changes should be implemented.

The bill was supported by an anti-porn campaign group ‘Fight the New Drug’, whose founders are all members of the conservative Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church.

The bill has been met with resistance from porn industry association The Free Speech Coalition. “We should live in a society where sexuality is spoken about openly, and discussed in nuanced and educated ways, and not stigmatised,” said spokesman Mike Stabile. “We all should work together to prevent non-adults from accessing adult material.”

Ironically, one 2009 study by Harvard Business School said that mostly Mormon Utah was the state with the highest percentage of online porn subscribers in the U.S. Perhaps a case of, those who wait, masturbate?

[via BBC]

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