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Published: Wednesday, May 4 2011 11:55 p.m. MDT

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Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

A good way for my wife to keep me less tempted by pictures of other women available on the internet is for her to stay affectionate.

I suspect this is true for many people. Affection is a powerful influence for good.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Making 55 Billion and costing society so much in pain and sorrow, it seems that the industry should pay a hefty tax like cigarettes.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

Why do I expect solid reporting on this subject? I agree Pornography is a problem. I'm glad that the conference is being held.

But the first three paragraphs of this article are chock gull of guesses, speculations and numbers being pulled out of the air. And they are reported as though they have the weight of fact.

It is known how much the NFL makes. Comparing that to a guess is silly.

"Kids are being exposed to pornographic imagery at younger ages than ever." Well last year they were being exposed at 5 years old, right? Is it 4 years old this year? WIll it soon be at the time of birth? This is hysterical rhetoric. No facts are presented. No scholarly research is cited.

"Just last March, elementary-aged students in Park City were able to access pornographic content while at school." Was this a report of increasing permissiveness in Park City, or just a rehash of a mistake that was made?

Really, Ms. McConkie Henriod. If you're writing an editorial, write an editorial. If you writing news, give us well documented, supported facts.

gizmo33
St. George, Utah

pornography is just like religeon some like it and some dont. and what people do in the privacy of their home is their buisness not mine. what people do in the privacy of their church is their buisness not mine. I have no use for either one .

KJB1
Eugene, OR

Yet more of the unbiased, objective reporting we've come to expect from DN...

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'But according to BYU Women's Services department, the porn industry is worth well more than $55 billion worldwide. - Article

*Utah No. 1 in online porn subscriptions, report says By Elaine Jarvik 03/03/09 DSNews

That's the conclusion of a Harvard economics professor who tracked subscriptions to online porn sites. Utah ranks No. 1 in subscriptions, according to Benjamin Edelman, who reported his findings in the article "Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?," published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Moderator, this article was published by your newspaper.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

This needs to be combated at the base level of personal choice and emphasizing to stay away from it altogether. Couple, both men and women need to help each other stay away from this.

This includes MEN helping their wives raise these multiple children they insist on having so the wife isn't so exhausted at the end of the day to be in the mood. Yes, MEN, you are not doing enough to help your wife if she is dead tired at the end of the day. Change some diapers, help kids with homework, clean up something and stop looking at this stuff.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

"Another Perspective | 6:08 a.m. May 5, 2011
Bountiful, UT
A good way for my wife to keep me less tempted by pictures of other women available on the internet is for her to stay affectionate."

That is very uninformed thinking. WHat porn does is change women from being seen as loving mothers and partners into an object. It changes the psychological nature of this. Many a couple has fallen pray even if the wife is doing all she can to be affectionate, even after a long exhausting day of raising children. Men need to realize this will change them and their expectations of what a woman is. A REAL WOMAN, not some drop everything at the moment of a hat for intercourse. REAL women who clean your house, raise your kids, make your food and THINK FOR HERSELF, not some fake actress in fantasy situations.

Those who blame women for this are missing the target. It is on both spouses to make things work and keep each other from this stuff.

Tom
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is an industry that exploits women on all level. The men who view it learn to see women as objects and a collection of body parts instead of real human beings, the wife's have to deal with men who are less emotionally available, and the women who are used by this industry have a long history of abuse both before being involved and by the industry itself.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Pagan | 9:32 a.m. May 5, 2011

So you agree there's a problem with porn in Utah? Porn just cost a neighbor of mine his family and home. He's out of the house .... and no one is sorry he's gone.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@Rifleman

I agree that porn is a massive problem, but I also know people who have lost their families and homes in various other ways, yet no one is clammoring to host conferences on working too much, laziness, infidelity, dishonesty, etc. Porn is a symptom. The disease is selfishness.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'So you agree there's a problem with porn in Utah?' - Rifleman | 12:14 p.m.

No.

Did anyone tell you I did?

Perhaps if Utah was not so determined to stop porn distribution in it's state...

it's residents would not have turned to the internet in such numbers as to make it's usage number one in the country?

This is just like prohibition. When one tries to restrict an product in obvious want, you only support alternative methods to GET said product. Like the black market, or, in this case, online.

In a state that majority of it's residents claim the federal goverment 'infringes' on their lives...
why are we trying to stop others from using their freedom of choice in this matter?

Would that not, contradict the claim that federal goverment shouldn't infring on state responsibilities...

but state can infringe on your personal libeties?

I think so.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"The first thing that parents have to do is evaluate how they feel about individuals who look at pornography,"

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Why? Are you suggesting that if you discover a child, spouse, parent viewing porn you feel "differently" about them and love them less?

I understand that if someone discovers their spouse viewing porn they will probably feel hurt and possibly betrayed, but that statement leads nowhere.

I'm not saying that viewing porn is good or bad. I don't care, personally, as long as children aren't involved. And about 3/4 of the stuff you watch on TV these days could be considered inappropriate anyway. The Office, Friends, Seinfeld, Jersey Shore, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Big Brother, How I Met Your Mother, Two and 1/2 Men, ... the list is practically endless.

FarnsworthPMacGillicuddy
Layton, UT

A conference on porn...probably should be a "conference" on political corruption here in Utah as well. OOPS! That doesn't happen here of all places...we have to focus on "porn" and it's evils, public corruption is just S.O.P. here in Utah.

Jeffrey Wilbur
Eagle Mountain, UT

If the plan of action is an attempt to bring others' around to their way of thinking on the issue of pornography, I don't think anyone else will have much of a problem with that.

If the plan of action is an attempt to ban and outlaw the private behavior of consenting adults within their own homes, I think most rational people will have a huge problem with that.

Morality is subjective, and such the greatest folly of government is an attempt to legislate it. Every time it has been tried it has led to increased crime, creations of black markets, and forcing of one person's views onto others in direct conflict with the principles of personal liberty.

You have the right to share your opinion; you do not have the right to force them on others.

Also, the Deseret News regularly has articles on this subject. As a news organization, it would do well to focus on many of the other points of view, as well.

For the record, I'm against pornography, but for personal liberty.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

there is no regulation on porn so what do we really expect? Of course the industry is HUGE because there is no regulation. Back in the 60's you had to order porn in the mail and it would come in a brown paper bag. Not easy to do. Today porn is 4 letters away on a keyboard. Bang!! There it is. What if beer or hard drugs were as easy as porn is to get? What if cigaretts or perscription drugs were just a few mouse clicks away. No regulation...just type a few key strokes and there you go. Porn is a cancer that is spreading deeper and deeper into society and don't think for a second that porn isn't tied to kids getting poor grades in school to kids experimenting with not only sex but drugs as well. Porn is the black plague of the 21 century and it can and will continue to spread until people CENSOR this garbage from the internet. Filters arent't nearly enough because once kids leave home they take the filters off and it's open season on one of the most self destructive cancers in existance.

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