WASHINGTON — The Atlantic published an opinion
piece today that criticizes the ongoing War on Porn campaign and its
attempts to shut down legal adult content on the internet.
Penned by staff writer Olga Khazan, the opinion piece concluded that
although “porn makes for an easy target” for politicians and the
professional moralists who lobby them, “legislators focused on labeling
it as a 'public health crisis' should consider what problems they are
actually trying to solve."
“Many researchers and adult entertainment workers support measures
that would reduce kids’ access to porn, ensure that porn videos portray
only consenting adults and mandate fair wages for sex workers,” wrote
Khazan. “Calling adults’ legal use of pornography a ‘public health
crisis’ doesn’t do any of that.”
The Atlantic piece mentions copycat bills distributed by anti-porn lobbyists to likeminded state legislators and efforts to mandate “porn filters.”
The article also correctly identifies the National Center on Sexual
Exploitation (NCOSE, formerly Morality in Media) as “an anti-obscenity
nonprofit that produced model legislation for the porn-blocking bill and
the public-health-crisis bills.”
As XBIZ reported in January, activists waging the New War on Porn
routinely declare that adult content is not free expression protected
by the First Amendment in the U.S. and by long-standing traditions of
freedom of speech in other lands. It is "a public health crisis," a
"drug" and "slavery," using language and notions developed for years —
in some cases decades — in well-funded, religiously-motivated think
tanks and lobbies. These groups literally have an agenda: to shut down,
by whatever means necessary, online porn.
Khazan also spoke to Arizona state Representative Michelle Udall, who
admitted she introduced her state’s public-health-crisis bill in 2019
"after hearing from constituents involved with the anti-porn group Fight
the New Drug, and that NCOSE gave her a booklet with data and studies
To read the article, titled “The Porn Crisis That Isn’t,” visit TheAtlantic.com.