Within the past couple of weeks, the Kansas Senate voted to classify pornography as a public health crisis.
The resolution that was passed to proclaim pornography as a public health crisis is called Senate Resolution 1762. It has absolutely no legal effect, though it has been passed to show how much of a detriment pornography is to society. Senate Resolution 1762 was passed in a landslide 35-4 vote.
The Resolution states that porn teaches boys to use and abuse girls as objects while it teaches girls that it is their place to be used and abused. It also states that porn increases the amount of violence directed at women and children.
Senate Resolution 1762 is reminiscent of a resolution about pornography that was passed by the Kansas House in 2017. This previous resolution cited a scientific study as it proclaimed that pornography causes issues with sexual behavior among youths, exacerbates self esteem issues, increases the demand for sexual slavery and increases the amount of sexual abuse in society.
Opponents of Senate Resolution 1762 argue that it goes against people’s First Amendment freedoms of making and participating in pornography.
The issue of pornography is a tough one. Consenting adults should have the right to take part in the production of pornography because we have freedom of speech in America. Porn can be thought of as harmless, which it is—to a large extent.
However, there are a lot of legit concerns about the negative effects of pornography. For example, the vast majority of porn that you see on the internet shows unprotected sex, which can be a highly self-destructive activity for people to want to copy. Also, there is a lot porn circulating on the internet where the actors are enslaved adults and/or children—not consenting adults. There is a world of human trafficking behind pornography. There are also very demeaning, strict gender roles in porn, which can exacerbate self esteem issues and how people treat each other in real life.