Follow Up on Utah and Porn

A few weeks ago The Curmudgeon wrote, with an appropriate dose of condescension, about how the state of Utah had declared pornography to be a public health crisis.

Because it’s just a silly idea.

But that declaration was just a resolution, just words, that didn’t really mean anything.

But now the folks in Utah are putting their money where their mouth is.

Okay, just a little money.

The Salt Lake City Tribune explains.

Tucked into the back pages of Gov. Gary Herbert’s $16 billion budget is a request for $50,000 to fund statewide anti-pornography efforts…

The request… would grant the money to the Utah Coalition Against Pornography, a private nonprofit group that hosts annual conferences and conducts seminars on preventing children from seeing pornography and helps spread information about recovering from pornography addiction.

“I am already on the record that pornography is a public-health issue,” Herbert said. “This effort is an effective way to empower parents with practical methods to protect their families from the dangers of pornography.”

Pamela Atkinson, board chairwoman for the coalition and a close adviser to Herbert on homeless and poverty issues, said the funding will enable UCAP to hold seminars in schools around the state and expand its annual conferences and educational mission.

“The bottom line is that the incidence of pornography is growing despite all the efforts of so many people in the world and around the country,” she said. “[The money] is needed for educating the public and parents in terms of what we can do and what resources are available”…

 …Atkinson said that pornography is pervasive and damaging. She cites studies that said 93 percent of boys and 61 percent of girls see pornography online during their adolescence and those who view pornography are more likely to participate in risky sexual behavior and have a greater risk of sexual abuse.

And pornography opponents contend that pornography users are less likely to get married, less satisfied with their marriage and more likely to engage in extramarital affairs. 

“Marriages are being destroyed by these addictions to pornography,” Atkinson said. “There’s a lot of evidence of that.”

Sheesh.

 

 

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