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Published: Sunday, Aug. 24 2014 6:05 p.m. MDT

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Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

I wonder how this survey would come out in Sweden or in the Netherlands? It would be interesting to follow up and see how similar surveys in countries that seem to be more "liberal" about these issues come out. I am speculating that they would come out about the same, but you never know.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Question is if porn is so bad why are not media, cable and internet companies not doing something about the issue, instead of supporting it????

isrred
South Jordan, UT

Typical Des News. You trump up the data from the poll that supports your viewpoints (ie the teens views as porn being damaging) and then dismiss as "sad" the data from the poll where the teens offer SOLUTIONS (ie better sex & relationship education in school) to the very problem you are worried about.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

Good question! Pornography is supported because it is profitable. Not only are people willing to pay to view/read pornography, but fashion, cosmetic, and health products are sold to allow young people to achieve that look.

More liberal countries may be less included to acknowledge the harmful effects of pornography, but that may be because they are used to it. Sin "seen too oft" is first pitied, then endured, and then embraced, as the noted poem states.

I wonder how many young people have committed suicide because they were overwhelmed by the impossible and unnatural expectations placed upon them due to porn exposure to themselves and their peers.

The Sensible Middle
Bountiful, UT

How damaging is it to be taught in your formative years that to touch a girl on a date is a sin next to murder? To be the cause of so much guilt among youth?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

If porn is bad --
Why isn't the Free Market fixing it?

I keep hearing conservatives say LESS Government,
Government is ineffective,
Government is NEVER the answer --

Now is Blah-Blah-Blah -- Government Nanny-State, do something about this.

GYI --
Walt Nicholes,
Socialist countries like England, Canada, Sweden, Norway, etc.,
already have stricter internet laws protecting children...
Remember -- they are less free...

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

@Morgan Duel:
"Question is if porn is so bad why are not media, cable and internet companies not doing something about the issue, instead of supporting it?"

Good point. There are certain TV channels that carry programs such as 'naked dating' (male/female completely naked on a date) and 'naked and afraid' (male/female completely naked on 21 day wilderness survival excursion). Of course, there is blurring of certain parts but the programs are essentially porn.

Miss Piggie
Phoenix, AZ

@The Sensible Middle:
"How damaging is it to be taught in your formative years that to touch a girl on a date is a sin next to murder? To be the cause of so much guilt among youth?"

The damage (if any) is not from the action but from guilt resulting from being told that such action is wrong.

And another thing, when people take a shower/bath they usually become totally nude for the duration (at least I do) which could, if you look at yourself, actually be classified as porn. Right?

jeanie
orem, UT

Good for the Untied Kingdom for having the clarity to address this issue as a societal problem and not a "free speech" or religious issue. Teenagers are not stupid.

Miss Piggy - Um, no. There are those who really try hard to dilute the definition because they cannot stomach something they like exposed for what it is.

The Sensible Middle - There may be over zealous leaders who communicate that message, but the majority of religious teenagers are fairly clear about the difference between love and lust. As far as the "sin next to murder", I think you know it's a lot more than an innocent touch.

Let's focus on the real issue, pushing porn back into the dark corner it crawled out of. If people want it fine, but as teenagers suggest, It should not be so easily accessible to just anyone.

Also, It doesn't matter if you are for limited government or big government. People in both camps recognize the need for the government to step in on occasion. I don't understand jabbing at people you disagree with when there is a serious problem to address.

Miss Piggie
Phoenix, AZ

@jeanie:
"Miss Piggy - Um, no. There are those who really try hard to dilute the definition because they cannot stomach something they like exposed for what it is."

Definition depends on perception. For example, there are populations of humans on this earth who wear no duds at all. None, nada, zero. They would be totally puzzled as to what some would call porn. Even nudist colonies are likely scratching their collective heads over porn definitions.

Again, damage (if any) is not from nudity in and of itself, but from guilt resulting from being told that such is wrong/sinful. Which means, of course, that damage can be avoided by abstaining.

Michael Matthews
Omaha, NE

@ issred

Those who recognize a problem are not always those in the best position to see the effective solutions to the problem. Of course one can agree with recognition of a problem and still disagree that the solution offered by that person or persons is the best or only solution.

jeanie
orem, UT

Miss Piggy,

"Definition depends on perception"

I'm not sure why we're talking about nudity. Nudity is the natural state of the body. Porn is exploiting the natural human appitite for the body - a very clear difference that arguments like yours try desperately to dilute.

It's like pointing to a cloud and accusing people of labeling it a full-on thunderstorm. Really silly.

And I highly doubt populations where nudity is the norm even have access to porn, probably with the exception of nudist colonies in developed countries.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Typical isrred, criticizing the D.N. for not solving anything and doing the same thing you just accused of others.

For the record, I have found more 'solutions' offered on the Deseret News than any other news organization. The contrast is huge. Maybe not every article does, but surely you aren't reading the same things I am.

RedWings
CLEARFIELD, UT

@ Morgan Duel-

Porn is a multi-billion dollar industry. The networks, cable, and internet providers are all getting their "cut" on the deal. Why woudl they hurth their cash cow?

Porn is just as addictive as crack or heroin. Studies have proven that it has the same effects on brain chemistry as drugs. Even more damaging, men come to see women as "tools" and dehumanize them.

Any wonder why date rape has increased exponentially at Yale since they instituted "porn week" on campus?

Eva48
Canada, 00

@LDS Liberal

None of the countries that you named are socialist countries, they are constitutional monarchies with parliamentary systems. People in those countries own private property, vote for representation, attend universities that are both privately and publicly funded, work in their desired field of interest, pay personal income tax etc. Being a socialist country requires: a political and economic organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. None of those 4 countries falls into that category.

As far as pornography laws in those countries I can only speak to Canada. The only laws in Canada restricting access to pornography apply to child pornography, meaning an individual in possession of child pornography can be prosecuted. But, Canadian internet providers to not restrict pornography access in any way, that is left up to the individual consumer (the same as the USA I believe). So, under our constitutional monarchy and parliamentary system, we have the same access to pornography as any one in the United States, unfortunately.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

There are ways our drives are meant to be used and harnessed that are constructive and lead to happiness, but there are also ways they can enslave us. We can learn to interact honorably with one another or we can let people teach us expectations about how we should use our drives that bring uncertainty, self-anxiety, and addiction. No degree of mis-characterizing chastity can change that.

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