Online porn should be banned and it's long overdue

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What I am about to suggest will seem bizarre, maybe even impossible, but hear me out. The United States should seek to ban hardcore pornography from the internet. The most obvious reason to do this is that children are inundated with an avalanche of smut. We learned in a 2019 study from the British Board of Film Classification that 51 percent of 11 to 13-year-olds had seen pornography online. 

This means tens of millions of very young children are watching hardcore pornography because we, as a society, frankly without much thought or discussion, have decided to allow it. This, despite the fact that one can still be arrested for handing a pornographic magazine to a child. Those two things make no sense together.  

And it’s not just kids, pornography has corrosive effects all over society, including for those in front of the camera. And it’s not just pornography either, it’s the internet itself that exacerbates the problem. Porn has existed for centuries, pornographic movies for decades, but never before the internet was an endless panoply of sexual material at our fingertips every waking hour of the day. 

For 30 years, we have treated the Internet

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