Four members of Congress recently urged the Department of Justice to prosecute producers and distributors of pornography using existing obscenity laws. Three Supreme Court cases in the late sixties and early seventies awarded pornography general constitutional protection, but stare decisis and contemporary public opinion are at odds, especially with regards to children. Says one of the congressmen urging action:
“Anyone connected to the Internet – including children – has on-demand access to billions of photos and videos of people having sex or committing other lewd acts,” Banks stated.
“The prevalence of pornography in our society has consequences, especially for our children. It’s time we start talking about it,” Banks said.
Obscenity laws are already on the books forbidding obscene pornography online, on TV, at motels, and through retail, but the laws need to be enforced, the letter says.
Libertarians and anarchists aside, just about everyone agrees:
For Republicans particularly, there are potentially big electoral gains to be realized by way of attacking pornography purveyance. Females are even more opposed to unrestricted pornography than men are. Suburban women are skeptical of the GOP. Taking the lead on this could be a way to win them back. Nobody wants to publicly apologize for the pornography industry, either. It’s demeaning, exploitative, and gross. “My body, my choice” is more rhetorically effective with some issues than with others.
GSS variables used: PORNLAW, YEAR(2012-2018), SEXORNT, SEX, PARTYID(0-1)(2-4)(5-6), RACECEN1(1)(2)(3)(4-10), HISPANIC(1)(2-50), RELIG(1-2,4-13)(3), COHORT(1900-1945)(1946-1964)(1965-1979)(1980-1994)(1995-2000)