Porn harm spurs 22,000 to sign petition for public inquiry

TVNZ One News 12 April 2017
Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition being presented to Parliament today calling for a public inquiry into pornography.

The conservative lobby group Family First is asking for an expert panel to investigate the public health effects and societal harms of pornography, and to make policy recommendations to Parliament.

Spokesman Bob McCoskrie says the petition has received 22,334 written signatures in two months and it will be presented to Parliament early this afternoon.

Labour MP Aupito William Sio, National MP Chester Borrows, New Zealand First MP Ria Bond, Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox and Green MP Jan Logie are expected to attended the presentation.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/porn-harm-spurs-22-000-sign-petition-public-inquiry

Thousands call on Govt to take action against pornography
NewsTalk ZB 12 April 2017
A petition is on its way to Parliament, calling for the Government to take action against pornography.

More than 22,000 people have signed the document asking the Government to look at health and societal harms of online porn.

Labour’s Aupito William Sio, who is presenting that petition, told Rachel Smalley pornography is “more prevalent now than ever before”.

School councillor Sarah Maindonald said 90 percent of boys under 16 watch porn, which can be addictive and damaging.

She told Mike Hosking teenagers don’t always talk to their parents about sexuality so it’s time the Government step in.
READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/sarah-maindonald-calling-on-the-govt-to-take-action-against-pornography/

Porn petition handed to Parliament
NewsHub 12 April 2017
A 22,000-signature petition calling for an investigation into the public health effects and societal harms of pornography will be handed to Parliament on Wednesday.

Clinical psychologist Rebecca Daly-Peoples is welcoming the petition.

She says children as young as 11 are being exposed to pornography online, and the accessibility promotes sexual abuse.

“The majority of young people believe that what they see in pornography is what real relationships are like, and they’re not actually able to distinguish or know those are actors and it’s designed to target a particular kind of audience.”

She says pornography normalises abusive attitudes, and while it’s all very well to tell young men they shouldn’t think like that about women that gets undermined by the media they’re consuming. Family First is behind the petition.

Director Bob McCoskrie says research shows “children who are exposed to pornography develop skewed ideas about sex and sexuality, which lead to negative stereotypes of women, sexual activity at a young age, and increased aggression in boys.

“It also places unacceptable pressure on young girls which leads to eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, depression, and other harms.”

The petition is expected to be received by MPs from all major parties.
READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/04/porn-petition-handed-to-parliament.html

Barry Soper: Internet revolution
NZ Herald 13 April 2017
Baby boomers grew up in a time of relative innocence.

Much was made of the swinging 60s but the only thing really swinging in those days, at least in my neck of the woods, were the wind chimes on the back porch.

Titivation was limited to a cellophane wrapped Man Magazine, more print than pictures that revealed women in bikinis that were closer to a one piece, given the amount of flesh exposed.

With the Internet revolution, nothing is left to the imagination.

Unfortunately innocent young minds can be tainted with the interactive touch phones that everyone has.

Family First has presented a petition to Parliament calling for an independent expert to look at the damage online pornography is doing to the minds of our young.

Of course it’s doing damage, many of our young now have a warped perception of what’s expected of the opposite sex but what can be done about it?
READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11837385

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