Porn in the News

Porn continues to get a fair bit of airtime in the news, and this month was no different.

The biggest news story that was all over the web was about Utah.  You might think: 'why would the Mormon capital of the world be in the news about porn?!'  Well, the Governor of Utah officially declared porn a public health crisis.  They're embracing a heap of research on the harms of porn and seeking ways to address the problem in society.  And the need is clear - Utah has one of the highest rates of porn usage in the USA.

The Washington Post gave it a fair bit of coverage. You can read all about it here

In other news, apparently it's International Masturbation Month. (Who knew right?!)  Putting aside how many questions that last sentence raises, news.com put out an article in response, focusing largely on porn.  It's fairly measured in its approach, highlighting the Reddit NoFap community, as well as some recent studies on porn use and attitudes among young people. Definitely worth a read.

You can check it out here.

Lastly, a bunch of articles came out after PornHub revealed a significant drop in traffic on their site during the premiere of the newest series of Game Of Thrones.  They also noted that when the show finished, there was a huge surge in GOT related searches on the website.  There's no doubt that Game of Thrones has huge appeal.  To my mind, it's an example of how pornographic material has entered the mainstream entertainment market.  In that sense, you could argue that people stopped watching one type of porn, and began to watch another.

You can read about it here.