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Sen. Orrin Hatch Demands More Porn Prosecutions

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding more federal obscenity prosecutions. The letter was co-signed by more than 100 other senators and congressmen. Here's an excerpt:

Last June, an important briefing in the Capitol outlined how pornography has changed, becoming more harmful, addictive, and available, and linked to other crimes.  Researchers, scholars, and other experts explained, for example, how today's hardcore pornography is typified by extreme violence against women and how pornography consumption can contribute to sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Another expert warned that Internet adult pornography normalizes sexual harm to children, while another addressed the growing connection between pornography and sex trafficking…

Simply put, we know more than ever how illegal adult obscenity contributes to violence against women, addiction, harm to children, and sex trafficking.  This material harms individuals, families, and communities and the problems are only getting worse. 

Hatch is full of crap. We don't "know" any of these things. In fact, every conceivable social indicator over the last 20 years obliterates the idea that porn is causing widespread societal harm.

The rise of the Internet in the mid-1990s made porn increasingly accessible to the point that today, just about everyone can watch people have sex damn-near any time of day, in every conceivable manner, in in every possible variety. If Hatch and his colleagues are right, over the last 15-20 years, we should have seen a massive increase in the social ills listed in Hatch's letter.

And in fact, every single one of these problems is trending in the opposite direction. And it isn't even close:

  • Sex crimes against children: Down 53 percent between 1992 and 2006.
  • Abortion: The abortion rate has dropped by about 25 percent since 1993.
  • Teen pregnancy: In 2009, teen pregnancy hit its lowest rate in the 70 years that the federal government has been tracking the statistic.
  • Divorce: The U.S. divorce rate is at its lowest level since 1970.
  • Domestic violence: The rate of reported domestic violence in the U.S. dropped by more than half between 1993 and 2004.
  • Rape: The forcible rape rate in the U.S. has dropped from 41.1 per 100,000 people in 1990 to 28.7 in 2009. That latter figure is also an all-time low.

These numbers are overwhelming. What's more, there are at least a couple of studies suggesting that the widespread availability of pornography is partially responsible for some of these trends, especially the drop in reported rapes.

Of course, like the activists pushing bullshit sex trafficking figures to shut down online escort ads, Hatch and his colleagues aren't interested in actual data. This much is certainly true: There are substantially more people masturbating to pornography in America today than 20 years ago. And that's really the only figure that matters to people like Hatch. (My favorite example of this line of thought: Concerned Women for America's amusing attack on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a couple years ago. Note that the article is titled "Do the Math", yet doesn't contain any actual math.)

Expect no one to actually challenge Hatch or his co-signers on any of the letter's claims.

In other porn news, fallen CNN anchor Rick Sanchez—remember him?—is outraged that some politicians have received campaign contributions from a pornographer. He's demanding they return the money. Clearly Rich Sanchez hates pornography. Given the figures above, I think there's a much bigger story here: Why does Rick Sanchez want more women to be raped?

Here's Reason.tv's interview with porn maven (and Reason Foundation contributor) John Stagliano, discussing Stagliano's federal obscenity trial:

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146 responses to “Sen. Orrin Hatch Demands More Porn Prosecutions

  1. He demands more porn? How could there be more? You can’t avoid the stuff if you want to on the Internet.

    Oh, more porn prosecutions. Okay, I get it. With that name, I suppose he worries about being mistaken for a porn star.

    1. Damn your nimble fingers.

        1. It’s OK. ProL is coin-operated.

          1. Gold coins.

            1. Minted in your own foundry by enslaved orphans snatched from their dead, indentured-servant parents who were killed in the cave in at your personal gold-mine?

              That is fucking AWESOME!

              1. Why yes, how did you know?

              2. Minted in your own foundry by enslaved orphans snatched from their dead, indentured-servant parents who were killed in the cave in at your personal gold-mine?

                Coins obtained from smashing inexplicably-floating blocks of bricks are also acceptable.

                1. Why yes, how did you know?

                  Ceiling Cat Is Watchin You Masturbate

                  1. I went with the “stealth monocle” today. It is in fact better to have perfect eyesight in one eye and shitty in the other than mildly poor in both.

                  2. In front of the help? Don’t be absurd.

            2. Gold coins.

              Take a Liberty Dollar?

              1. So long as they are gold. And coins.

    2. Rule 34.

    3. Pollack logic

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  2. “Sen. Orrin Hatch Demands More Porn”

    That’s better.

    1. Ehh.. if he runs on that campaign he’ll surely increase the 18-25 voter turn out demographic, And the 30+ single male demographic.
      I think its got a chance!!!

      1. dont forget the old married dudes who wanna remember what good pussy looks like

        1. is, in fact, and idiot. Weird.

          1. sorry for u old married dude

            1. is, in fact, an idiot.

              1. when u try to be stupid, is there any noticable diff fm the usual?

                1. OO|4.7.11 @ 3:34PM|#
                  “when u try to be stupid, is there any noticable diff fm the usual?”

                  Yes. It’s easy to confuse the two of you.

        2. Or the old married women who want to see balls that don’t hang all the way down to a pair of baggy knees.

          1. I literally laughed out loud on this. you win.

            reminded me of the movie big daddy

          2. ok that’s funny

        3. dont forget the old married dudes who wanna remember what good pussy looks like

          To an old married man, good pussy is Acute Angina.

          *rimshot*

          My wife had her credit card stolen, but I didn’t report it. The guy who stole it spends less money than she does.

          *double rimshot*

          1. Lulz.

    2. That would actually be a pretty successful platform in Utah, the highest per capita consumer of online porn in the United States.

      1. They had to do something to help pretend their polygamy wasnt taken away.
        “hey sexy what fantasy do you want to act out”

        “ummm… can u get a few other girls and all pretend to be my wives????”

      2. 5.47 people per 1000 actually PAY for online porn? I wasn’t aware anyone actually paid for it. With all the free…um, I mean, those sick bastards.

        1. And I don’t understand why people pay for food, when you can get it free if you go to a soup kitchen.

      3. Well, no. Utah has the highest per capita consumption of PAID online porn.

        I suspect that in Utah and every other state, the majority of men, and quite possibly the vast majority of men, have checked out online porn, not the measly 0.547% (you know, 1 out of every 200) men paying for it in Utah.

      4. Classic economics thing. Utah regulates adult bookstores, strip clubs, etc. forcing Utahans to go to the tubes to get their tubes cleaned.

    3. “””Sen. Orrin Hatch Demands More Porn”””

      He works with some of the biggest whores in the US. What more does he want?

      1. Old joke, but what the heck: “They don’t call it Congress for nothing!”

        1. Yeah.

          If the opposite of pro is con, then the opposite of progress in congress.

      2. Whores don’t force their clients to pay their paycheck, asshole.

      3. He works with some of the biggest whores in the US

        You’re being very unfair to whores.

        … “You’ve been warned” Hobbit

      4. You say “whore” like it’s a bad thing. I respect sex workers more than I do a hell of a lot of “respectable” professions. They provide an honest service and are often abused because of legal prohibitions and the scorn heaped on them. Sex workers play a very important role in getting people to loosen up about sex. Kudos to them.

  3. Holder would love to pursue more porn prosecutions, but the well-hung DOJ agents he sends to serve a search warrant or a subpoena can barely mumble through their lines to the tight teen intern or lusty, busty MILF running the place. One thing leads to another, and the papers never actually get served.

    1. One thing leads to another, and the papers never actually get served.

      Oh, but something else DID get served…

      1. I knocked on the door, a scantly dressed woman answers, yada yada yada, the papers are still in my briefcase.

  4. I would assert that the nanny state has caused more harm to society than porn ever could. Even if every one of us were forced to watch it, Clockwork Orange-style.

    1. Even if every one of us were forced to watch it, Clockwork Orange-style.

      The state or porn?

  5. To be fair, there’s not as much action going on in Utah since polygamy was outlawed. He probably has seen a significant rise in porn-viewing in his state.

    1. p.s.

      I’m totally in favor of voluntary polygamy. What business is it of the state to tell me how many wives I can have? What if a bunch of hot chicks really dig me, and I can afford to share the wealth?

      1. or even better:
        What if a bunch of hot RICH chicks like you and They can afford to support you so lang as you “share the wealth” a man can dream..
        #winning.

        1. INDEED sir, I had not even thought of that. Hot RICH chicks. I can quit my job this afternoon!

        2. So that‘s what things would be like if I’d invented the Finglonger…

      2. hatch knows that polygamy inevitably leads to marrage to farm animals

        1. Marriage to farm animals leads to the birth of children named Orrin.

      3. I’m totally in favor of voluntary polygamy. What business is it of the state to tell me how many wives I can have?

        Frankly in this instance I’m in agreement with the state…..why should you have to suffer more than the guy with only one wife?!

        1. Hey, as long as everyone is there voluntarily.

        2. Key phrase:

          multiple mothers-in-law

          … “be careful what you ask for” Hobbit

  6. In other news, Senator Orrin Hatch needs to shut the fuck up and get his priorities straight.

  7. I assume for those into really weird, freaky, and rarely-consensual stuff, the ability to watch it online performed by safe consenting actors removes a good portion of their need to do it in real life.

    So sure, Rule 34 bites most of us in the ass occasionally, but it’s good for your neighborhood perverts.

    I imagine they know it’s wrong.

  8. we know more than ever how illegal adult obscenity contributes to violence against women, addiction, harm to children, and sex trafficking

    [citation needed]

    Oh, also….the only “violence” I see is being committed against weiners, cause teh masterbayshun has’t gone down at ALL.

    FAPFAPFAPFAPFAPFAPFAPFAPFAPFAPFAP….

    1. the only “violence” I see is being committed against weiners

      You’re doing it wrong.

      1. Really? I beat mine like it owes me money. And it does, in a way.

  9. Is there anyone named “Orrin” who isn’t a complete retard?

    1. lulz!

      Also, no.

    2. The name Orrin means Pale*

      http://www.meaning-of-names.co…../orrin.asp

      *like the pale ash left after someone dies in a fire

      1. Mmm…..wazer wifle.

        1. Hey, Biwwy!

  10. Porn Peddler: Well, I didn’t expect a, sort of…Spanish Inquisition.

    Orrin Hatch: NOOOOOOOOOOOOObody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Among our weapons are such diverse elements as: fear; surprise; RUTHless efficiency; and an almost-fanatical devotion to the pope!!

    Porn Peddler: *stares blankly*

    1. great reference!

      1. OF COURSE IT IS!!! NOW STOP GROVELING!!!

  11. Orin Hatch, I respectfully disagree.

    Ever since I started watching porn on the web, I cheat a lot less on my wife and have a generally better attitude to young pretty women. I expect nothing from them since I am a short,bald middle-age troll. In fact, my attitude has been so good that I’ve been able to procure opportunity with some nice hotties which I’ve respectfully turned down…I’m happily married.

    KEEP PORN and DOPE ALIVE !!!

    1. Is this a spoof?

    2. I cheat a lot less on my wife and have a generally better attitude to young pretty women

      Stay classy, Alice. Stay classy.

      1. Go Fuck yourself Alice…..I mean San Diego!

    3. I cheat a lot less on my wife

      Speechless. This has got to be a spoof.

  12. The rise of the Internet in the mid-1990s made porn increasingly accessible to the point that today, just about everyone can watch people have sex damn-near any time of day, in every conceivable manner, in in every possible vareity.

    Score!

    1. Funny how Orin complains about this.

      I say it calls for a celebration.

      He’s right though, on any given Tuesday, I can pull up a shaved-asian-teenage-shemale-hermaphrodite and watch her have sex with Idaho’s Larry Craig.

      If fact, which is worst? Me, jerk’n off to some chick on the web or Larry Craig playin’ dick doctor with some stranger in an airport public mens room? Or, priest that jerk off with alterboys?

      1. I got no broblem with any of that.

    2. So, to recap, I have access to just about every type of porn imaginable. And, thanks to the craft beer revolution, I have access to just about every style of beer imaginable. I’m pretty sure I’m living in the greatest time in history.

      1. I’m pretty sure I’m living in the greatest time in history.

        Did drugs and prostitution get legalized when I wasn’t paying attention? And the complete restoration of personal liberty? And that cure for cancer?

        We’re not there yet CMS. I’ll agree that it’s the “Greatest Time in History So Far.” though.

        1. That’s what I meant; I used the term “history” as in Wiktionary’s second definition: “The past considered as a whole.”

      2. As exemplified by Serenity being voted the greatest science fiction movie of all time on io9.

        1. Utter nonsense! Spaceflight and people still speaking like they’re 19th century gold prospectors….?

          Consarnit.

          1. Bart, what did I tell you about talking like a grizzled 1860s prospector?

            1. aw, raspberries!

        2. That whole business went that way–fanboys skewing as fanboys do. I love Firefly and Serenity, but that was a bit much.

          1. I’m actually OK with it. I put Serenity in my Top 10 movies of any genre. I don’t know if Empire would make it in.

            Will it have the staying power that the original Star Wars does? I’m not sure, but time will tell.

        3. Serenity does have a classic scene…

          The Operative: I want to resolve this like civilized men. I’m not threatening you. I’m unarmed.
          Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Good.
          [pulls gun and shoots Operative in the chest, knocking him into the wall, grabs Inara and gets ready to leave]

          1. Sounds like a civilized resolution to me.

            1. Except the guy he shot was wearing body armor…

              They were basically trying to recreate Mal’s two nonchalant shootings of Patience’s horse and the Alliance Marshal from the pilot episode.

          2. My favorite Firefly line is still “I’ll be in my bunk.”

          3. I miss that show. They always pull the plug on the good ones to make way for mindless drivel such as, idk, wrestling… I’m gonna have my wife buy me the graphic novel…

          4. I may be one of the few Firefly fans who thought the movie was meh. The plot was completely implausible and the Reavers went from being the logical result of humans recognizing life’s meaninglessness, as they were in the series, to just another eeeeeevil conspiracy theory.

  13. It sucks the only vote that’s ever going to count with this Hatch-fuck is Father Time.

    I find it quite funny that uptight Mormon prick could schmooze with the likes of Teddy Kennedy at Hyannis Port (they were best buddies on the Jud. Committee way back when) which is an utter den of pr0n history I’m positive of. I bet there was babysitter-tapping going on the babysitter I imagine (just like Florida!) What a fucking hypocrite.

  14. “…pornography has changed, becoming more harmful, addictive,…”

    Citation missing.

    1. He’s projecting.

      1. Strike that, he’s actually lying.

    2. Since when does the claims of pols ever come with a citation?

  15. And of course both my useless jackass senators signed on.

    I can only hope that one day “Saxby Chambliss” becomes a term for a sexual act of unbelievable depravity.

    1. Groping your granddaughter in a campaign ad.

    2. I see no reason we can’t start that process right now. I mean if you want to get your Saxby Chambliss on all you really need is a Great Dane, an Austrian transsexual midget and your mother.

    3. Surely not as depraved as a “Rusty Venture?”

  16. The damn Muslims have gotten to Orrin Hatch!

    1. This is exactly why I don’t get people who say that we must vote Republican to prevent teh mooselimbs from imposing a theocracy on the US.

  17. I can only imagine how tightly Sanchez must have been gnashing his teeth in denying himself the pleasure of casually pointing out the fact that Ben Suky just happens to be a JAY-E-DOUBLE-U.

  18. John Stagliano has contributed more to American society than Orrin Hatch ever could.

    Buttman is an American treasure.

  19. Those trends are so favorable we might want to consider fining people who don’t access porn!

  20. Why have these trends improved? It can’t be only because porn has become more available.

    1. My impression is that no-one has any real clue – crime of pretty much every type has been falling pretty much everywhere in the US for two decades, despite very considerable regional and chronological variations in all the usual explanatory factors (the economy, policing strategies etc.)

  21. My new porn squeeze is Trinity Post. She isn’t the hottest porn queen. But she is a Redhead and she seems to enjoy her job.

    1. Meh. I’ll stick with Faye Valentine for redheads.

      1. Faye is very cute.

        1. She did an excellent fifteen man blow bang.

          1. She’s also known as Faye Reagan. For the paleocon demographic, I suppose.

    2. I’m a sucker for the English chicks. Michelle B and Hannah Harper, though they’re both getting a bit long in the tooth by porn star standards.

      1. Problem is soon as I start to like someone they get an awful pair of bolt-ons. We need to start a Nature Conservancy for porn actress chests.

    3. Sorry, no redhead can ever match Dani Woodward.

      1. No porn actress of any hair color will ever surpass the beauty that was Annette Haven.

  22. “today, just about everyone can watch people have sex damn-near any time of day, in every conceivable manner, in in every possible variety”

    America, fuck yeah!

    1. No kidding. Thank god for the internet. If it wasn’t for the internet, the GILF niche may have never been served.

      1. We were indulging in scheisse porn before you were an itch in your papa’s lederhosen.

        1. “mom, you’d tell me if your were in a scheisse video, right?”

  23. I’m having trouble finding the entire list of names, anybody have any luck?

    1. The actual signatures are in the link in the article.

      Seems to be pretty bipartisan, lots of Team Red and Team Blue and Team Purple in there.

      So much for the Ds being so great on civil liberties.

      1. I checked out the letter, but Radley’s post says there are “more than 100 other senators and congressmen” signing and the copy I saw didn’t have that many.

    1. Second to me in porn viewing

      whoa Whoa WHOA!!!! Those are fighting words dude.

  24. I hope that Christy Canyon is eventually awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom she so richly desrves

    1. Where can I get a copy of Savage Fury?

  25. Sanchez doesn’t want pornographers donating money to politicians, because that means they’re spending less money on producing more pornography.

  26. I am willing to share my Obama doll with Orrin, as I am very, very progressive…

  27. I was gonna watch The Office tonight, but since it’s a rerun I think I’ll watch some pron instead. *girl fap*

  28. Note that the article is titled “Do the Math,” yet doesn’t contain any actual math.

    One is the loneliest number…

  29. Interesting, usually when a “social” issue comes up; such as gambling, prostitution, drugs, gay marriage, etc… all the social-cons and paleo-cons come out of the woodwork to spout a bunch of inane garbage.

  30. Because in a time of recession, the U.S. fighting three wars and an unprecedented and ever-growing deficit, what we REALLY need to use our resources on is porn prosecutions.

  31. the widespread availability of pornography is partially responsible for some of these trends, especially the drop in reported rapes.

    and porn ’causes’ rape are equally idiotic statements

  32. Nick didn’t wear the jacket-I guess the jacket has higher standards than Nick

  33. Orrin Hatch is just too spineless to tackle actual serious issues so he scapgoats porn. Kind of like when they scapegoated Gangsta-Rap in the 90s.

  34. http://www.pornharms.com

    Irrefutable research into the harms of porn

  35. Have you been paying attention to any of the headlines referring to any sex crimes? Your numbers are way off– where’s the math? www/shelleylubben.com http://www.thepinkcross.org http://www.sctnow.org I’d wager a guess that you guys are incapable of getting it up. AND your women would rather reach for their vibrators than you. Take the blue pill much??

    1. You need a real education from Tom Leykis!

  36. Porn induced erectile dysfunction– I think some of you guys have got that problem–for you, I guess porn really does mean that much!

    1. Have you been watching gay porn? — you seem overly-concerned about this issue.

  37. You take care of the smut, I’ll handle the whores.

  38. {Clearly Rich Sanchez hates pornography. Given the figures above, I think there’s a much bigger story here: Why does Rick Sanchez want more women to be raped?}

    Fabulous display of liberal (il) logical thinking. Of course, I know it was written to illustrate just that.

    The only pornography Orrin Hatch should concern himself with is the federal budget. THAT is the definition of obscenity

  39. This isn’t the first time.

    http://www.time.com/time/cover…..03,00.html

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