Mississippi Wants To Ban Online Porn Entirely

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Politicians in the US state of Mississippi are planning a total ban on online pornography. At least that is what the bill introduced in the Senate by Republican senators suggests. A first step in the long-feared big war of the Trump administration against pornography?

Ever since current US President Donald J. Trump took office, it has been rumored that he will not only fight against the right to abortion but also against sexual freedom in general and pornography in particular, by the latest in a possible second term in office.

Following the introduction of SESTA/FOSTA, legislation that makes online portals responsible for the behavior of their users with regard to sex trafficking, a broad wave of self-censorship by the major web companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft/Skype, Twitter, Patreon, and Craigslist began in the USA.

Since then, major social media portals have increasingly been censoring adult content and blocking or deleting accounts, sometimes without warning – worldwide.

It was long feared that Trump’s government would take massive action against pornography and sex work in its second term of office at the latest.

Now it seems that the time has come, and in some deep republican states attempts are being made to reign in against porn. The big attack, for which the porn industry is likely to be ill-prepared, is imminent: After a bill was submitted in the state of Tennessee that requires Internet providers to block porn offers for all users who have not previously consented to see pornographic content. In Mississippi, Congresswoman Tracy Arnold goes one step further. According to her plan, all forms of online pornography are to remain securely inaccessible to young people under bill HB 1116.

Arnold plans to motivate the southern states of Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia to introduce similar legislation and is seeking ultra-conservative support. According to the project, an “Area of Moral Decency” is to be created.

Allegedly, the right to express one’s opinion is not to be infringed. However, it is unclear what an effective blockade of the net would look like without infringing on the rights to sexual self-determination, free personal expression and freedom of the arts.

Nevertheless, the politician is hiding behind the protection of minors – the fig leaf of all right-wing conservative politics against free sexuality and libertarian lifestyles. Arnold says: »This isn’t an attempt to infringe on anyone’s rights. It’s to protect our children.«

A complementary bill would ban all advertising of »obscene or pornographic« content on social media.

All these plans by right-wing conservative politicians are in stark contrast to the interests of their own constituents. As early as 2016, a comparative study of the US states showed that those that define themselves as religious states are also those in which porn consumption is highest. Mississippi leads this statistic. At 11 minutes and 8 seconds, citizens from this state spend the most time on Pornhub, compared to users from other states.

So is there a threat of another »War on Porn«? It is to be feared. At least if Stormy Daniel’s adversary Donald J. Trump wins another term in office in late fall. The US is likely to be a fundamentally changed country if that happens.

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