Utah senator thinks there's a porn CRISIS

Utah state senator Todd Weiler wants Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis. He's introduced new legislation that calls for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to tackle what he says is a pornography epidemic that is hurting people in Utah and throughout the U.S. Utah has one of the nation’s highest rates of porn use.

Weiler insists that this isn't a veiled attempt at foisting his conservative beliefs on people. He says he simply wishes to raise awareness of the many perils of pornography. In addition to being highly addictive, Weiler asserts it undermines families, strains relationships, and plays a key role in many divorces in Utah.

But some people feel pornography isn't as damaging as Weiler is making it out to be. In fact, they say porn is a healthy outlet that can actually infuse excitement into marriages, particularly those that have hit a dry patch in the intimacy department.

I think Weiler is naive if he really thinks an industry that generates over $13 billion each year is suddenly going to loosen its grip on avid viewers. It'll be interesting to see whether the state senator will make the case that people should channel their urges toward more constructive pursuits, whether it's sex with their partners, hobbies like reading and painting, or community service projects.

What's your opinion on this story? Do you think Weiler's legislation will prove beneficial to people in Utah, or is he just wasting his time?




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