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Utah May Bring Back Porn Czar to Target 'Obscenity' Like Cosmo Magazine

From the man that helped Utah declare porn a "public health crisis."

collage via images from Cosmo Hurts Kids and Utah Senatecollage via images from Cosmo Hurts Kids and Utah SenateFor the past 14 years, Utah has made do without a "porn czar." The position—officially known as the "Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman"—has been vacant since 2003, though it was never officially eliminated. Now state Sen. Todd Weiler (R–Woods Cross) may revive it, even as the Utah attorney general suggests legislators strike it from the books.

Weiler has been on an anti-porn crusade for several years now. He's the architect of a 2016 declaration to declare porn a public health crisis (which passed the state legislature unanimously) and a proposal passed earlier this year to encourage "porn addicts" to sue porn platforms.

And Weiler's definition of porn is apparently broad enough to encompass mainstream women's magazines. Weiler "says he became convinced that the obscenity and pornography complaints office may be needed because of an ad campaign attacking Cosmopolitan magazine as illegal porn," The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

"I've received some complaints...that stores are selling Cosmo at eye level to a child," he told the Tribune. "There's no blinder rack on it, even though we have some blinder rack language in the state code."

Weiler suggests that an obscenity ombudsman could focus on things like providing guidance to retailers. But the position also has the power to monitor and punish business owners for daring to display magazines that mention sex.

Victoria Hearst, the public face of the Cosmo campaign that so inspired the Utah senator, thinks that Cosmopolitan should not only be kept out of the eyesight of children but also prohibited for anyone under age 21.

Opponents of Weiler's note that for all its seeming frivolousness, Cosmopolitan can be an important source of sex-positive information for girls. "Pornography isn't an issue in Utah, but shame definitely is," wrote Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro, an advocate with sexual-violence victims group Start By Believing, in a recent op-ed.

Weiler says that reviving the porn czar position isn't a priority for him, and he hesitates because of the cost of funding the office. But whether or not he brings back the position, Weiler—who also chairs the state's Senate Judiciary Committee—has pledged to keep up his anti-porn pursuits. He also continues to push insane ideas about porn's supposed harms, urging parents get "counseling or treatment or therapy for a child who has been exposed."

Photo Credit: collage via images from Cosmo Hurts Kids and Utah Senate

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  • Bubba Jones||

    Honestly, Cosmo is every bit as pornographic as Playboy these days. It may not have the centerfold, but every month they seem to find new ways to explain how to give a blow job.

    I bought my wife a subscription, but she keeps looking at the pictures instead of reading the articles. Dammit.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It may not have the centerfold, but every month they seem to find new ways to explain how to give a blow job.

    Until women figure this out, this instruction needs to be repeated often and loudly.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    So, not every bit.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    He's the architect of a 2016 declaration to declare porn a public health crisis (which passed the state legislature unanimously)

    Fucking Mormons.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Amazing how useful the mission creep of Public Health has turned out to be.

  • Murgatroyd||

    One person's fun weekend is another person's public health crisis.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Maybe this will make a dent in sex trafficking.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Victoria Hearst, the public face of the Cosmo campaign that so inspired the Utah senator, thinks that Cosmopolitan should not only be kept out of the eyesight of children but also prohibited for anyone under age 21.

    Her crusade is so strange, but she did get Rite Aid to cover cover up the magazines at some point.

  • Rhywun||

    Why the hell would anyone want to live in Utah. (Is that how this works?)

  • Crusty Juggler||

    The weather. The mountains. The hiking. The hot Mormon chicks. It's cheap af.

  • Paper Wasp||

    The hot Mormon chicks aren't gonna touch you unless you hand them the keys to a 9-bdrm McMansion and an SUV with four rows of seating. They can also get knocked up through the air. It's best not even to cross the state line into Utah unless you have a vasectomy.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Good. I still remember the one handjob tip I read in Cosmo. It said to "put both hands on the penis then twist them in opposite directions."

    They should be banned as both pornography and as war crimes for teaching poor young women that giving a man's dick an indian sunburn is a good idea.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    False: it is a good idea.

  • Hugh Akston||

    This is why Crusty's personal motto is no glove, no love.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Exactly, it is false that that is a good idea.

  • Rich||

    Victoria Hearst, the public face of the Cosmo campaign that so inspired the Utah senator, thinks that Cosmopolitan should not only be kept out of the eyesight of children but also prohibited for anyone under age 21.

    Sheesh, wait 'til she discovers Redbook!

  • Rhywun||

    Or Teen Vogue.

  • Lily Bulero||

    Or the Sears Catalogue!

    Wait, am I the only one who finds the Sears Catalogue dirty?

  • Hugh Akston||

    That guy has his browser set to clear his history every time he signs off.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The article didn't say anything about gay porn.

  • Brandybuck||

    My will stipulates that the executor clear my browser cache before my mom gets hold of my computer. And to discretely dispose of anything kept under the socks in the bottom dresser drawer.

  • Lily Bulero||

    "sexual-violence victims group Start By Believing"

    How about a sexual-violence group called Start By Examining the Evidence Without Ideological Preconceptions?

  • CE||

    What's a "magazine"?

  • Deep Lurker||

    One of the many vile things about this is the way it gives aid and comfort to the leftists who want to ban 'hate' speech. As the punchline to the old joke goes, Todd Weiler has now shown himself to be censorship whore, and any argument he might make against 'hate speech' is just him haggling over the price.

  • nicmart||

    Pity the poor girl who learns about sex from Cosmo.

  • VicRattlehead||

    To solve the immigration crisis i propose we deport anyone who advocates restriction or regulation of any natural rights,
    this asshole should get shipped to NorK land

  • Liberty Lover||

    Won't the Porn Czar become addicted to porn? Poor guy will go Mormon hell, only one wife!

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