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Kelsy Burke on America’s Pornography Obsession

Renee Bright

In 2016, Utah Republicans declared pornography a public health crisis. But their resolution was merely a modern salvo in the ongoing pornography wars.

Indeed, it was back in the 1880s that anti-vice activist Anthony Comstock said pornography was a cancer to society —an idea that people have been debating ever since. On one side, you’ve got people like Comstock, who believe that consuming pornography is destructive both to the individual and to the nation. On the other, there are sex-positive activists, who doubt whether pornography addiction is even possible. But sociologist Kelsy Burke says both sides may actually want the same thing: good sex, consent and meaningful relationships.


  • Kelsy Burke |Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, author of “The Pornography Wars: The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Obscene Obsession” [Amazon|Bookshop].@kelsyburke

Airdate: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m.