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FL: Florida bill would declare porn a public health crisis: causes ‘unhealthy brain development’

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FLORIDA, November 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The state of Florida may declare pornography a public health crisis because of the myriad health and brain problems it causes.

Rep. Ross Spano, who represents House District 59, introduced a resolution acknowledging “pornography is creating a public health crisis and contributing to the hypersexualization of children and teens.”

If the resolution passes, the declaration that pornography is a public health crisis will mean the government “acknowledges the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change to protect the citizens of this state.”

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Can the nuts who rule florida explain how it messes up ones brain? How about explaining why other countries in Europe where nudity is more open have less rapes per capita than the us as well? I can believe its 2017 and we’re still on something so childish…….

Under the guise of a health crisis, constitutional rights can go out the window. But they have to take into account ANY exposure that would cause “unhealthy brain development”. The list would be huge.

Nudity is not the same thing as hardcore pornography. In USA, the average age in which children start viewing hardcore porn is 10 and dropping. Access to the quantity and type of pornography we currently have, coupled with poor sex education and lack of opines to discuss actual sexual relationships, actually is messing with young generations understanding of what a healthy sexual relationship should be like. I’ve had several young guys in our rehab program explicitly state they used porn to learn about sex. Outside of that, impotency has been increasing among much younger men (as young as in their… Read more »

The politicians and police department won’t be curbing their usage of pornography no matter the law, you can bet on that.

I can’t believe I just opened that nutty religious website on my computer with the ignorant reader comments. I feel so dirty now.

“…myriad health and brain problems it causes.” That’s a scream! Yeah, let’s see those studies that demonstrate health and “brain” problems, shall we? And then there’s this gem: “pornography is creating a public health crisis and contributing to the hypersexualization of children and teens.” Always a crowd-pleaser, that. No science, all religion.

Right, because there’s nothing on “regular” TV, in magazines, or elsewhere that is hypersexualizing children and teens. Heaven forbid we actually look at our society and culture as a whole. Let’s just blame porn!

Here’s an article that talks about it. For adults it can result in erectile dysfunction. For kids (porn viewing in US starts at 10 and the age is dropping), it can result in unhealthy sexual relationships down the road. Many kids use pornography as a teaching tool and later have relationship issues as a result. As with any issue, it’ll never effect 100% of the population, so what may be true for you won’t be for someone else and vise versa.

I know I personally struggle with general porn addiction.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317117.php

Porn is a billion Dollar Industry.

Its a stepping stone to total control, Florida is the state that’s going to lead the charge.

UT did this last year, becoming the first state to do so. So now CP isn’t a crime, it’s a disease! How rude of them to make ill people be held up on web sites, often for life!

Oh, that’s interesting. If they declare pornography addiction a disease in legal terms, then they are effectively criminalizing a disease and that to me smells of lawsuits and overturned convictions. Do they really want to go down that route? There will also be a lot of opposition by the ponography industry. California and Florida are the to largest states for producing legal pronography so it will be interesting to see how this turns out.

If Florida wants to declare something a public health crisis, and a significant danger to the physical and psychological well-being of children, why not start with football? 99% of deceased pro football athletes had CTE (traumatic brain injury) and now there are known cases of CTE in living football players. No doubt K-12 and college football is causing brain injury in young football players and leading to CTE, which is associated with seemingly spontaneous violence and other health issues.

I wish stupidity were painful.

LOL^2

It’s Floriduh after all, nuff said. They are experiencing a widespread epidemic of terminal idiocy there for actually believing you can catch a disease from static images.

We need new appropriations for a “sight crime” unit!

Disease isn’t something that’s physical like a broken arm. That’s why drug and alcohol addiction is considered a disease. “A particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people.”

Pornography can certainly fall into this category for some individuals. Just because it’s a static image doesn’t mean it has not effect on an individual. Our brains can react to sights, sounds, and smells the same away as physical stimulation.

@AlexO: Exactly correct. A broken arm is an example of a “technical problem,” which is something with straightforward answers that (for the most part) doesn’t involve input or change from the person at all; an expert solves it. Most life/social issues are “adaptive problems,” which are things that *cannot* be solved merely by one’s expertise; it requires changes some sort of change in beliefs, lifestyle, etc., by the one/group suffering the problem. The mistake often made is in applying a technical solution to an adaptive problem. The result is short-term “success,” and then the solution fails and the problem returns.… Read more »

It is…but unfortunately only for everyone but the stupid. Ergo, “ignorance is bliss.”

ohhhh the chilledren though….omg the children….god save them from all the sinners……

If pornography is treated as a public/national “health crisis”, then perhaps physicians will have to give it a DSM-V diagnosis, which would mean it’s a verifiable and treatable mental health illness, which should mean hospitalization rather than incarceration. End of Registry.? Hmmmm….maybe this could work to our advantage.

@Kat

For that to happen, which I believe is really good idea in what you’re saying, it could be classified as an addiction. It can readily fall underneath a possible sex addiction in coping with something else. There is a lot of information out there already on it and the way it chemically alters the brain when the addiction is fed.

Put it on the same plane as the opioid addiction problems that our nation is currently having and has been receiving a national attention then that idea might get some traction.

Like your thinking on that…

Alcohol addiction is a disease, but that won’t stop you from getting a DUi.

False equivalence.

“Your Brain on Porn – It’s NOT Addictive. What neurological research ACTUALLY shows about the people who use porn.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/women-who-stray/201307/your-brain-porn-its-not-addictive

@David Kennerly, Forgive me for laughing

Wait?! Isn’t Psychology Today the same news rag that brought about “frightening and high” in 1986 to the world and to Justice Kennedy (& SCOTUS) later when he found out about it??? Since then it has been slowly unraveling…

I think (hope) you are using this article sarcastically…especially in this forum…it could appear so given the lashing the article author and topic took in the comments.

Fair enough TS & AlexO; Psychology Today is often trashy, although the 80% recidivism rate was by Longo and not David Ley. However, they have managed to get some things right. Even so, here are some more scholarly works about alleged “sexual addiction” and/or pornographic sexual dysfunction. “The myth of sexual compulsivity” by Martin P. Levine Ph.D. & Richard R. Troiden Ph.D. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00224498809551467 _______ the BOOK by Ley: The Myth of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley PhD. https://www.amazon.com/Addiction-forthcoming-Ethical-Responsible-Pleasure/dp/1442213051 _____ Then there is this from Sage Pub, our leading sex offender treatment publishing house of record (this tends to discredit… Read more »

David Kennerly, Addicted to Love (a Robert Palmer song by the way)

I wasn’t concerned with the author or topic as I was the source news rag and their publishing history (to the detriment of RC’s lives). Yes, at times they are on and other times they are off, much like the rest of the media.

Be that as it may, keep bringing the info here, it’s informative and thought provoking, even if only internally and not shared with others.

Great, glad you liked it and that you and others introduced the topic as it is well worth ‘thinking on.’ To some extent, I’ve taken my own general, and not so coherent, impressions quite a bit further tonight and realized that there is both rhetorical and cultural issues that are necessary to grapple with (and to carefully define) regardless of whether they think such addiction is real. I also, in thinking it through, realized that the “sex/porno addiction” models are viewed from within different cultural frameworks and rely very much upon the particular system of values which the individual brings… Read more »

I’m pretty sure Psychology Today (the linked article) is the same Psychology Today that created the 80% figure that SCOTUS was so happy to grab and use against us. Pardon me if I don’t jump at their 53-person study that claims porn isn’t addictive when I know I’ve personally struggled with porn addiction and still do. There have also seen other studies that have shown correlation with pornography and increased erectile dysfunction among younger group of men. Physically, there was no reason why the men should’ve been suffering from ED like older men have. For many of them it was… Read more »

“But when you’re viewing it 8+ hours a day and lose sleep because you’re just one click away from getting off, you have a problem.” Yeah, I can almost agree with that. At least, if it gets in the way of necessary functioning then it is, defacto, a “problem.” For those who are independently wealthy or retired, etc. it might not be a problem if they don’t perceive it to be a problem. Still, I’m very reluctant to use the term “addiction” and I know a lot of people in the field of human sexuality are, too. As mentioned in… Read more »

I personally have no moral or religious issues with pornography in general (I’m agnostic). I just know that for me personally, it was and remains a problem that I have to be on guard about. Some people can’t have just one drink and I can’t view just one picture or video. I get drawn in and keep clicking away, forcing down my climax because I’m searching for something that will really give me that big pop. I’ve had this problem for nearly 20 years now, just about since I was 18 and first “discovered” pornography on the internet. I’ve had… Read more »

I think it boils down to addictive personalities, or depending on the school of thought, what some may call extreme personality traits.

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It is well established by peer reviewed correction studies that in solitary confinement prisoners do engage in self stimulation to suppress boredom. They named these behaviors, Satiation. These behaviors include nasal and anal digging, masturbation, scratching obsessively, cutting(skin) and other physical abuses. Human Isolation itself is incongruent with society by definition. As the people have fractionalized isolation has increased especially among men. Most of the porn produced today is nonprofessional. Sure the pros do make lots of porn, but the internet has seen many women become very rich indeed without them. These women are fearlessly independent! So we have a… Read more »

“So pornography is less harmful than say violent video games, which many of our youth engage in. From my observations this is a real problem.” This is all very contentious, isn’t it? From my point-of-view it comes down to a question of individual liberty and freedom of conscience: we all get to decide how we, ourselves, manage our lives or how we should be able to.

Isn’t it the Rightist that complains about the nanny state who then, hypocritically, introduces legislation that at some point, creates a new nanny? Shouldn’t parents be the be parenting their kids?

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Video games were to be labeled for violent content by Congressional members (Proposed “Violence in Video Games Labeling Act” Centered Around Logical Fallacy https://www.themarysue.com/violence-in-video-games-labeling/) had the law made its way through as a “Bill on Capital Hill”. Music is being labeled with Parental Advisories for content because of music that Tipper did not like back in the day while TV programs have labels at the beginning of each show with grades much like movies have had for decades. Should these not be folded into the thinking of the harm that could be had and the epidemic problems spanning from this… Read more »

The Science Behind Pornography (according to a Harvard Scientist)

http://www.purityispossible.com/the-science-behind-pornography/

The clue is in the name of the website, “purityispossible.com” Please read this piece from sex researcher Marty Klein: http://www.martyklein.com/why-sexual-addiction-is-not-a-useful-diagnosis-and-why-it-matters/

Has Hollywood and NYC celebrity elite seen this article? It takes away their theories.

“Addictionologists have cynically misled the public into thinking that “sexual addiction” is a concept respected and used by sex therapists and educators. Even a brief look at our literature, conferences, and popular writing shows how rarely this is true. But addictionologists don’t care about sexual truth or expertise–only about addiction. The sexual addiction movement is not harmless. These people are missionaries who want to put everyone in the missionary position.” – Marty Klein

And a recent piece offering some (informed) constructive criticism of porn from Marty Klein:
“Another WRAP Week of Porn Disinformation” ___ http://www.martyklein.com/another-wrap-week-porn-disinformation

To Who Cares: My “Haven’t Gun, Can’t Travel” is derived from a now ancient t.v. western series entitled: “Have Gun, Will Travel.” Perhaps it should be “Have Gun, WON’T Travel” but that suggests an unwillingness to travel and doesn’t quite convey a sense of repression.

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