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Is Porn Dangerous?!

The Arkansas legislature passed a resolution on Tuesday formally recognizing the public health harms of pornography, which include lessening men’s sensitivity to sexual violence against women.

Arkansas is the latest in a string of states to debate the public health dangers of pornography and is one of several to formally pass a resolution recognizing the importance of the issue.

Utah, South Dakota, and Virginia have passed similar resolutions against pornography in at least one legislative body. One is under consideration in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Arkansas resolution, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Karilyn Brown, warns that “exposure to pornography may serve as sex education for children and youth and lead to the hypersexualization of teenagers and even prepubescent children,” and that “recent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically addictive.”

The Utah resolution states that “due to advances in technology and the universal availability of the Internet, young children are exposed to what used to be referred to as hard core, but is now considered mainstream, pornography at an alarming rate.” The movement is international. Canada has commissioned a study into the negative impacts of online pornography.


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