February 21, 2018

Family Research Council: Pornography: The Biggest Crisis No One’s Talking About

“The potential detrimental effects of pornography include emotional, mental, and medical illnesses, deviant sexual arousal, difficulty forming and maintaining intimate relationships, altered brain development and functioning, and problematic and harmful sexual behaviors.”

That’s just part of the text of House Joint Resolution 5, introduced in the Maryland General Assembly by Delegate Neil Parrott. If adopted, Maryland would become the sixth state to formally declare that “exposure to pornography is a public health crisis.” This movement, backed by our friends at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), tries to raise awareness of the tangible harms associated with pornography, whether legal or illegal. FRC Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg traveled to Annapolis yesterday to testify in favor of the resolution at a hearing. He cited a recent, long article in the New York Times Magazine under the headline, “What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn.” As Peter described, the article “explains how the ever more extreme behavior depicted in today’s pornographic films and videos — much of it reflecting violent and misogynistic fantasies involving males coercing, degrading, and hurting females — is being taken by both young men and young women as a model of how sex is done.”

Read more of Tony Perkins’ article here. 

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