US State Utah Passes Bonkers Anti-Porn Bill

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

It’s a bad time to be single in Utah. The state has announced plans to crack down on porn, in a move Republican (obviously) governor Gary Herbert has described as a way to “protect our families and our young people.”

He’s passed a new bill, which slams pornography as “sexually toxic” and claims it "is contributing to the hypersexualisation of teens, and even prepubescent children, in our society.” Despite all of the strong words, there are no suggestions of how to actually change people’s mindsets and attitudes to sex.

Fantastically-named anti-porn campaign group Fight the New Drug supports the bill, but its founders, who are all members of the Mormon Church, have denied suggestions that they’re working on behalf of it. Porn hasn’t been banned outright -- is that even possible? -- so we’re not entirely sure how Utah plans to fight the naughty stuff.

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A state-wide internet filter? Libido restrictions? A ban on vision? All intriguing possibilities.

Meanwhile, the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry association, has decided to enter the fray by talking a little sense. "We should live in a society where sexuality is spoken about openly, and discussed in nuanced and educated ways, and not stigmatised," said Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the group. "We all should work together to prevent non-adults from accessing adult material."

By the way, there's a town in Utah called Virgin, in which every homeowner is required to keep and maintain a firearm. Good old US. [BBC]