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Published: Friday, Feb. 18 2011 7:44 p.m. MST

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My2Pence
Pleasant Grove, UT

If it boosts ratings, it must be good for the public. Interesting logic. I thought Cambridge was a cut above the rest, seems its just another liberal bastion.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

The results for a poll "Do you view porn?" would probably yield the same results.

Universities should use this debate tactic to catch cheaters: ask students to debate "The justification of infractions of academic dishonesty; how far can you go before it is considered cheating?", and see who votes to be a bit less strict on cheating matters.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

My word against theirs. My voice, the liberal voice, the relativist voice, the conservative, and so on... it never ends... everyone either says they have answers or don't. Some want answers, some don't.

I am no relativist and I will testify until I die that porn not only makes women objects for men, which hurts women in the end, but that it will do nothing but ruin the lives of its viewers and their families.

This comes from the younger generations (and I am in the younger generation) simple desire to rebel against established morals. People don't want rules, or to have to be told that they do bad things. No one wants to be told that things they KNOW are wrong, really are bad... they want to cover up their guilt with public acceptance.

Simple: If we know it can be seriously addictive and harmful, it is safer to avoid it. Viewing one bad video doesn't make someone a horrible person... but letting that become a lifestyle and living your life for it because you can't say no anymore... this ruins you and can hurt others. Rational thought is scarce these days.

Dewey Hewson
Eagle Mountain, UT

Does the Deseret News even try to maintain a semblance of impartiality anymore? They quote three sources in a row decrying pornography - specifically sources who have a vested interest in doing just that - and do nothing to reference stories which provide alternative point of views, including those which show that the more access to adult pornography a society has, the lower the rates of rape and other sexual crimes.

I'm not taking a side either way here, but c'mon Deseret News. If you're going to report the news, then report the news. If you're just going to grandstand, at least have the integrity not to shroud it within articles only painting one half of the picture.

noinipo
Salt Lake City, UT

Lets run the numbers. Of 615 students, 37.5% say yes, 32% abstain, and 30.4% say no.

I think something to consider is what is a "Good public service"?

"Research shows pornography is linked to risky sexual behavior, sexual aggression, infidelity, divorce, decreased sexual satisfaction, according to the Heritage Foundation.

Other studies show habitual pornography use damages relationships, productivity and happiness, the Witherspoon Institute reported."

So 231 students of the Cambridge University Union Society have the ability to overrule these two studies?

I want to know what they all think a "Good Public Service" is. I for one do not think the findings of the Heritage Foundation and Witherspoon Institute can be classified as good for society.

Why do 231 Cambridge students get to decide what is and isn't good for society when they themselves only made up 37.5% of the vote?

Snack Pack
Lehi, UT

Fools. Never seen the impact it has on a life close to them, obviously.

fanUVU
Orem, UT

Even the elite are deceived by the lies of porn. These are our future leaders???

FreeMan
Heber City, UT

Sad.

BO
Holladay, UT

What can we say. Cambridge is thought to be a school of great intellects. When their own desires outweigh the obvious truth that porn does no good for anyone. Lots of money in the industry but so many people hurt. Sad!

Blackcoffee
Cincinnati, Ohio

Porn is only a problem if certain people perceive it that way. Societies with open access to erotica tend to have lower rates of rape and other sex crimes. Moreover, some people enjoy it as a sex education tool. As long as it is not child porn, and no one forces you to watch it, it should not even be an issue.

TwoCents
Cedar City, UT

I would like to invite all members of Cambridge to view porn on a regular basis and see how long their marriages/meaningful relationships last. It is a university after all: time to test the hypothesis.

srh83
Hillsboro, OR

@ Blackcoffee,

I have to disagree with you on this one. Take a visit to your local prison and you will discover that rapists, pedophiles, and child abusers are always addicted to porn. That's where it starts!

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

I would like to see some of the studies others have said show lower rape and violent crime rates correlate with more porn. I don't believe pornography has any positive effects.

I work with sex offenders and almost all have extensive histories with pornography.

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

It has been prophesied that the end is near when the people a "ripened in iniquity".

The middle east is aflame from end to end. Is anyone getting nervous yet?

Cherilyn Eagar
Holladay, UT

More porn-less rape? This is a diversionary tactic. First, every prosecutor with whom I've talked has confirmed that nearly 100% of sex offenders are addicted to pornography.

Second, today's laws are stricter for the sex offender (10 years in prison 20 years ago to 25 to life today) and are creating a much-needed (and obviously successful) deterrent factor.

Third, go to LightedCandle dot org to get the stats on the horrific negative impact on the marriage relationship, increased sexual aggression and pornography as the gateway to using prostitution and extra-marital affairs.

I've interviewed many women whose marriages dissolved entirely or in part because of their husband's pornography use and conclusively have discovered that their sexual relationships with their husbands either shut down (he was pursuing an extra-marital affair) or accelerated to extreme sexual abuse (rape and deviant sexual behavior within the marriage).

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Studies have shown that if you do three things:

1. Graduate from high school
2. Wait until you are twenty to get married
3. Wait until you are married to make a baby

You have an 80% probability that you will never live in poverty. Miss any one of them and you have an 80% chance that you will live in poverty. Miss two of them and you are in poverty.

Add a fourth item:

If you can manage to stay out of jail your odds of never living in poverty increase to 95%

A major cause of kids not finishing school, getting married too young and having children out of wedlock is teen pregnancy. Kids having sex.

Porn is like pouring gasoline on the fire.

Our prisons are filled with people from fatherless homes. Again, fatherless homes are caused by infidelity and financial pressures.

If you want to fight poverty you must:

1. Teach self control.
2. Teach people how to work.
3. Fight extramarital sex.

Our society has a right to defend itself against the root cause of poverty (and high taxes). Ban Porn.

Only intellectuals could come to such an idiotic conclusion as the Cambridge Union.

LeFiffre
Salt Lake City, UT

An observation here, contrasting this article and its response to another. At this writing, here 13 of 15 fellow readers decry the false fantasy that is porn. In a subsequent article, I see that only two people have commented on -- and justifiably decried -- the slap-on-the-wrist sentencing of Allen Glade Steed for having married his 14 year-old cousin against her will (i.e., one month in jail, probation, and a fine). My impression is that DN readers are more upset by the others' fantasy world than they are by real-world rape of a minor. Is that really how you feel?

Abe Sarvis
Cedar City, UT

Totalitarians always decry the free market.

Yorkshire
City, Ut

Apparently these Cambridge folks have never read a certain paragraph from the old (and new) worlds:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

I had to look at what page in the paper I was on...I thought I was in the obituaries. Because if young people really think that porn is good for society and the family, then we are dead.

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