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Rhode Island’s Crackdown On Porn

Rhode Island to Block Porn?

Lawmakers from at least six US states have recently proposed legislation to declare Porn a public health risk and now Rhode Island jumps on the bandwagon with bill S 2584. Rhode Island state Democrats, Sen. Hanna Gallo and Sen. Frank Ciccone introduced the bill on March 1st, close on the heels of similar talk in Florida.

The newly proposed S 2584 would require that service providers block “sexual content and patently offensive material”. Users could contact their providers to remove the block but would need to pay a fee of $20 USD. If this is starting to sound a little scary, you’re not alone.

The bill specifies that service providers also need to establish effective reporting systems for consumer feedback, unblocking and for reporting adult content still accessible with a block in place. This also opens the door for consumers to file civil lawsuits against providers who fail to block content they deem as “offensive”. The broad definition of “offensive” could potentially result in blocking unintended content or generating false positives and is in our opinion one of the scariest things about the legislation.

States that propose porn is a public health risk:

  • Utah (Big surprise there… maybe we can just let in hot polygamy sex videos!)
  • South Dakota (There is NOTHING to do in South Dakota… why take porn away?)
  • Arkansas (But the family roleplay category is becoming so popular. You folks have bad timing.)
  • Tennessee (Why not sip some Jack Daniels while enjoying Stormy Daniels?)
  • Virginia (Really Virginia? We thought you were cool…)
  • Kansas (Find me the next twister outta’ this place!)

If you currently live in one of the states listed above, contact your state representatives and move the discussion forward.

US States - Porn a Health Risk?

Why Porn and Why Now?

Not only do we see this as a breach of online privacy but is yet another example of how lawmakers continue to polarize voters leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections. A moderate view on anything has become a rarity in 2018 as political rivals shout their opinions from the rooftops and work to distract the public from the real issues. As we move into 2018 is adult content really a bigger health issue than 18 year olds with AR-15s?

There’s no question that the recent #MeToo movement has also been a driving force and a recent article in the New York Times makes a connection between (male) teens viewing pornography and exhibiting a need or desire to establish sexual control over women. Bus is does their study have merit or is it pseudo-science with a political agenda? The latter is probably true.  Obviously all those powerful men in Hollywood or in Politics spent too much time watching “Debbie Does Dallas” back in the day. It’s frankly ridiculous to even suggest that the path to gender equality begins with making adults pay a surcharge to watch pornographic material.

How will our political leaders in the future meet their pornstar mistresses if porn is blocked? We expect this ill-conceived bill will be struck down by a higher authority. Whomever that may be.

Give me DPs or give me death!

Now that Net Neutrality has been thrown to the wolves we can see how your online use is about to be taxed. Do you feel your civil liberties being trampled? You’re probably not alone.

Want to read more?  See what the Yahoos over at Fox News are saying or you can read the recent New York Times article that has been driving this story.

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