Utah’s Porn “Crisis”

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The state of Utah has been shown to be one of the states that consumes a lot of porn, based on statistics both from porn sites and other analysts. In fact, according to a 2009 Harvard Study, the state of Utah ranked number 1 in online porn subscriptions! From a psychological perspective, some would argue that it makes sense that a state like Utah would have a high level of porn watchers. The state is primarily Mormon, which is a strict religion that frowns upon many aspects of sexual pleasure, including watching porn. When people can’t have what they want, they may go out and get it in large gulps before going back into their repressed societies.

Due to the high levels of porn watching in the state of Utah, some politicians have gotten together to declare porn a “public health hazard” which a lot of other people think is pretty ridiculous. Of course it is OK to respect religious beliefs, but why prevent everyone from enjoying the carnal pleasures of this planet, which is what the lawmakers of Utah would seek to do, if they could. The Utah government passed a “resolution” which says that the state needs “education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level” in order to address the porn “problems.” Due to these strict, religion based views, college students and others of the state can expect to be treated to special lectures about the dangers of watching porn. Todd Weiler, a Utah Senator who is spearheading this effort doesn’t necessarily want to ban porn, but he wants to treat it like we treat other “sinful” products like cigarettes. However, porn sites already come with warnings about age and legality in certain states, so what more can porn sites do to appease religious lawmakers?

There is another side to this argument, which is from people who like porn and the porn performers themselves. “They say porn destroys [family values], but I could make the same argument for social media.” Male pornstar Derrick Pierce told one online publication. “Being deprived of [porn] makes you want it—especially when you are told you shouldn’t watch it,” added pornstar Sadie Santana. In addition, there are many other sources for saucy materials besides porn. Some TV shows like Game of Thrones have sexual scenes that could be likened to softcore pornography, and other movies go so far as to even show what it might be like to make a porn movie or be a stripper.

Too much restriction is not good for people. Dr. Stephen Snyder, a sex therapist, says “Any time you put limits on what can be communicated about sex, you increase the potential for sexual shame,” which can cause the complex feelings we see being displayed in Utah. The people there both love and hate their porn, at the same time. Adults should be able to enjoy the porn that they want to see, and if they don’t want to watch any, well they don’t have to! Regulating who can and can’t watch porn is not good for anyone, and it will just give people blue balls. Watch on, and fap on!

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