Oklahoma State Senator Seeks To Criminalize Adult Content

Oklahoma Sen. Dusty Deevers (R) is working on a bill that would criminalize making or consuming adult content that “lacks serious literary, artistic, educational, political, or scientific purposes or value” in any medium, according to the New York Post.

Deevers definition of adult content is much clearer than Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart’s, who in 1964 was asked to explain what made a certain film too explicit.
Stewart’s definition: “I know it when I see it.”

If it were to become law, Deevers’ bill would carry a prison sentence of up to a year and a $2,000 fine for those caught violating it.

The proposal would also allow state residents to sue producers and promoters of banned content for up to $10,000.

The proposal would also require social media sites such as X to be blocked in Oklahoma if they failed to censor explicit content.

Married couples would be allowed to share explicit content they created only with each other and would be exempt from the ban.

A Baptist pastor who was elected last year to represent a rural district that includes the towns of Comanche and Elgin—with a combined population of around 5,000—Deever may not have the political clout to get the bill passed, according to The Western Journal.
That doesn’t mean Deevers’ counter-cultural push should be abandoned.

Explicit content is a global, multibillion-dollar industry, with the most notorious of the sites, PornHub, being the sixth most viewed website in the United States in 2023.

PornHub has been accused of facilitating human trafficking and refusing to prevent children from viewing their content. Addiction to this material is poisoning the minds of young people and dehumanizing both men and women.

The explicit content that has become almost ubiquitous online is a major contributor to the moral rot plaguing Western society, and Sen. Deever looks to be playing the part of David in his battle with Goliath.