NYT Columnist Argues Porn Should Be Banned

A conservative New York Times columnist has set off a debate following a column he wrote in which he suggested the United States ban pornography, an idea he says makes sense, especially given the #metoo movement.

Ross Douthat’s column, “Let’s Ban Porn” which appeared Saturday in The New York Times, explained how hardcore, sexually violent porn now functions as an instruction guide for many young people, especially young men, when it comes to sex.

Despite how liberal idealists have considered themselves as enlightened ones pushing sex education efforts to ensure safety and equal pleasure for everyone, he argued, they have taken for granted the world that porn aggregator websites like Pornhub have created. And that porn-saturated world is all but impossible to avoid, he said; educators are now teaching “porn literacy” classes — a subject featured in a lengthy Feb. 7 profile in The New York Times — so students can know that certain kinds of porn are indeed inappropriate.

“[W]e are supposed to be in the midst of a great sexual reassessment, a clearing-out of assumptions that serve misogyny and impose bad sex on semi-willing women,” Douthat opined, alluding to the #metoo movement and the recent slew of sexual misconduct allegations against influential men.

“And such a reassessment will be incomplete if it never reconsiders our surrender to the idea that many teenagers, most young men especially, will get their sex education from online smut.”

He went on to describe the harmful effects of porn on society and decried the notion that it ought not be restricted as mistaken, stressing that we should not have to accept enslavement to our screens as technology continues to develop.

“That we cannot imagine such censorship is part of our larger inability to imagine any escape from the online world’s immersive power, even as we harbor growing doubts about its influence upon our psyches.”

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Source: Christian Post

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