OK I know that pandering is nothing new to politicians, it is second nature to whore themselves for attention and there is not one person in America who knows that they will lie in a heartbeat if it benefits them even a little. Such is the case with Gary Herbert Utah’s attention whoring governor.
In a rather meaningless resolution he calls pornography a “public health crisis” cited long disproved, factually incorrect statements and flat out lies to support his bid for attention. Things like porn causing rape, the industry being involved in child porn and the ubiquitous “porn addiction” nonsense.
The real health hazard is Gary Herbert propagating these dangerous and in some cases criminally libel assumptions as fact. I was writing more of a response when I got a press release from Adella’s Fine Ass Marketing.
Porn Industry Calls BS on Utah’sAnti-Porn Resolution, Citing PoorSex Education as Real CulpritUtah Leads Nation in Cases of Sexual Violence,Which Experts Link to Lack of ComprehensiveSex Education Rather than Pornography!CYBERSPACE – Prominent members of the adult entertainment industry are calling B.S. on Tuesday’s anti-porn resolution signed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. The resolution states porn creates “a sexually toxic environment,” and labels it as “a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.” Countering the claims, many in the adult industry are pointing the finger at Utah’s poor sex education as the real culprit for the state’s top ranking in 2015 regarding incidences of sexual violence.“Just when you think it’s 2016, and we are progressing as a society, Utah goes and does something like this,” stated jessica drake, a popular sex educator and contract performer/director for adult studio Wicked Pictures. “Once again, the Utah government is rejecting all attempts for the state to move beyond an archaic abstinence-only sex education, when it’s continually proven there is a direct link between abstinence-only programs and increased sexual violence.”Part of the resolution recognizes “the need for education,” yet in February, a Utah House panel blocked a bill to reform the state’s sex education policies. Time and again, sexual violence is reported to have the highest rates in states offering abstinence-only sex education as the state standard. The programs contribute primarily by ignoring sexual violence, rather than clearly defining sexuality and consent.Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and South Dakota were all ranked as five of the top six states in 2012 for reported rapes per 100,000 people (the study does not account for all forms of sexual assault and violence). All five states have abstinence-only state standards for education. The Senate in Alaska, which has the highest reports of rape, passed a bill in February banning Planned Parenthood. California, which houses the porn industry, and was one of the first states to adopt an affirmative consent sex education curriculum, has one of the lowest reports of rape.There is no statistical correlation between high porn consumption and an increase in sexual violence or rape. In fact, an article in Scientific American Mind even details how porn viewing may deter sexual violence.The Utah resolution also cites porn as “addictive” and treats women as “objects and commodities for the viewer’s use.”“Anti-porn groups continually denounce porn as addictive, yet the majority of their research is backed by the Mormon Church,” said Jeff Dillon, vice president of business development for eLine.com and its adult e-tail site, GameLink.com. “Their data is extremely selective and is contrary to what scientists and behaviorists around the world are reporting. Utah is ignoring the real issue with their attack against adult entertainment.”
“Porn isn’t addictive,” reported clinical psychologist David Rey in a recent interview with Rewire News. “It isn’t even harmful for the overwhelming majority of users. Fewer than one percent of porn users experience negative effects from their porn use, but ten percent of people are afraid of their porn use. The message here is that porn isn’t addictive — but fear might be.”
“I want people to see my movies and realize that a woman is in control of her own sexual destiny,” said adult filmmaker Jacky St. James. “There is a freedom and empowerment derived from exploring your sexuality, and denying that we are sexual beings is a really backwards notion.”Signed in conjunction with Utah’s proposal is a bill introducing new laws about reporting child pornography. “It’s important to distinguish the difference between legal, consensual porn movies made by adults, for adults, from disgusting, illegal acts of sex trafficking and child pornography,” said Dillon. “I support any law that helps put an end to child porn, but it is upsetting when lawmakers try to bundle our industry in with criminals.”“Porn is about promoting healthy sexuality,” added Drake. “Repression and lack of education are what actually create a toxic sexual environment.”
I edited the press release above, sticking to relevant content. What I would like to see happen is the industry sue Governor Herbert and the state of Utah on grounds that the statements made are provably false, libelous, and designed to do harm to a legal and legitimate industry. We might not win but we could bring attention to the fact that these arguments are not based on any kind of truth and send a message that we will not tolerate it. THIS IS the kind of thing that The FSC should be doing. Kudos to FineAssMarketing and Adella for putting this out, hopefully a few mainstream publications will grow a pair and stop propagating hate and ignorance.