They are at it again-
Lawmakers across the country declaring pornography a “”public health crisis”.
This isn’t new by any means, several years ago lawmakers were calling pornography an “epidemic”.
This week lawmakers in the Arizona state government approved a measure urging the state to prevent “exposure & addiction” to porn. 15 other states legislative chambers have adopted similar measures.
Is it true? Is pornography an epidemic, a public health crisis? I thought those scare tactics were supposed to be used for real “population panic” like the plague.
According to lawmakers, they are just looking out for the public’s best interest, of course they do this by linking pornography to human trafficking, teenage pregnancies and violence against women. The Arizona legislature even goes so far as to say “pornography poison’s minds.”
I have to equate this kind of governmental craziness with the same governmental craziness that labels all registrants as “sex offenders” regardless of whether or not your offense had anything to do with sex. There’s not a lot of empirical evidence or scientific studies to back up any of their claims, but throw “public health crisis” into the mix and you’re sure to catch the public’s attention.
Now, let’s be clear, when we’re talking pornography, we’re talking, legal, adult age entertainment, not anything having to do with exploiting children or anyone else for that matter.
There are so many current issues that may very well deserve the “public health crisis” label, the new measles outbreak, alcohol and opioid addictions, depression, PTSD among veterans. These are on- going problems that seem to be reaching proportions that we need to get under control pretty quickly, these are the problems lawmakers should be working on. It just doesn’t seem that adults who are capable of making adult choices to view adult entertainment should have their pastime labeled a public health crisis so that the government can control it.
Lawmakers would like the public to believe that pornography is a societal evil that will surely lead to a pornography addiction if we don’t let “big brother” take control of what we can and can’t view. Again, any evidence to back up their claims is sorely lacking, in fact, to the contrary, sex therapists have been suggesting pornography as a healthy adjunct to treatment in couples- therapy for years.
To suggest that viewing pornography will cause adults to become addicted to porn is as ridiculous as suggesting that all adults that drink alcohol are destined to become alcoholics. While some of us may have inherited a gene that unfortunately gives us the propensity for addictive behavior, that’s simply not true of everyone.
Our lawmakers have always had a flare for the dramatic, but calling pornography a “public health crisis” is a bit of a stretch, even for them.