In some states in America, pornography is a “public health crisis”… And elsewhere?

After Utah in 2016, it's Virginia and South Dakota's turn to declare pornography a public health crisis.

CIt was Utah that opened the debate by declaring pornography a public health crisis. The resolution signed in April 2016 declared pornography “bad, degrading, addictive and harmful”. In January 2017, Virginia and South Dakota also adopted resolutions on this subject. The text signed by South Dakota recalls:

“Pornography leads to low self-esteem, eating disorders, increases the problem of sexual relations at a young age, and increases the willingness to engage in risky sexual behavior from adolescence.”

It also sheds light on the role of women and children in pornographic films:

“Pornography normalizes sexual abuse and violence against women and children, considering women and children as sexual objects. In addition, he often describes abuse and rape as a painless event. Moreover, pornography associates violence against women and children with sex, and pain with pleasure, which increases the demands of sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse and child pornography. ”

He then notes the damage pornography has on an emotional, mental and medical level. He concludes as follows:

“The legislature recognizes the public health crisis created by pornography in this state and recognizes the need for education, prevention, research and policy change at the community and social level.”

In January 2017, Virginia also signed A resolution :

“Recent research on pornography indicates that it is potentially addictive, in that the user is looking for more novelty, with specific material usage, in order to be satisfied. This biological addiction implies an increase in risky behavior, extreme degradation, violence, sexual abuse of minors, and child pornography. ”

Le Tennessee has been considering this subject since April 4.

In France, an IFOP survey produced for the Observatoire de la Parentalité et de l'Education Numérique (OPEN) association, from February 21 to 27, 2017, reveals the figures for pornography and minors in France:

  • 14 years and 5 months is the average age at which teens have surfed a porn site for the first time.
  • More than one in two teenagers consider that they saw their first porn movie too young.
  • The first viewing of a pornographic video is mainly on the web (84%).
  • 44% of teens who have had sex have tried to reproduce practices seen in movies.
  • Almost one in two boys and more than one in three girls believe that pornography has been instrumental in learning.

Laurence Rossignol, Minister for the Family, Children and Human Rights presented in March a plan to combat child abuse. A specific point is devoted to “preventing the exposure of minors to pornography”.


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