HAVING A LAUGH: Some of the memes posted regarding the anti-porn rally in Toowoomba.
HAVING A LAUGH: Some of the memes posted regarding the anti-porn rally in Toowoomba. Contributed

Porn debate sparks flood of hilarious memes

A RALLY against pornography has stirred a raging debate in Toowoomba, accompanied by a flood of memes.

Plans for a rally against pornography, organised by City Women Toowoomba, split the Toowoomba community, with some supporting the cause and others ridiculing it.

More than 200 people attended the rally at the Civic Square on Tuesday and after addresses by Mayor Paul Antonio and former Heritage Bank chief executive officer John Minz, many pledged to never again watch porn.

Hundreds of people commented on the Chronicle's Facebook page about the move to make Toowoomba porn-free.

Chris Whitty said he supported the movement.

"Good on them. It's clear that porn comes with its range of problems particularly with youth.

"Note that they aren't so much advocating for banning it as much as they are generating awareness and educating people of the effects. At the end of the day porn contributes to wrecking relationships and tearing families apart. Kudos to all those who took part."

Some of the memes posted regarding the anti-porn rally in Toowoomba.
Some of the memes posted regarding the anti-porn rally in Toowoomba. Contributed

Others like Pete Aiken took issue with the fact the mayor was focusing on the issue rather than general Toowoomba Regional Council concerns.

"Don't worry about fixing our roads or bringing down the crime rate or anything like that... lets worry about blokes watching porn.

"I'm pretty sure men aren't the only ones who watch it either," he added.

It wasn't long before people starting tailor-making memes, images typically humorous in nature that are copied and spread rapidly by Internet users.

The most popular had the words "The porn firewall of Toowoomba," with a photo of a dilapidated fence.

Twitter was also awash with witticisms regarding the rally.

Some of the memes posted regarding the anti-porn rally in Toowoomba.
Some of the memes posted regarding the anti-porn rally in Toowoomba. Contributed

One user, @alanvaarwerk, posted a famous Toowoomba Chronicle photo of a woman complaining after a fast food worker had drawn genitals on her burger box, writing, "closest thing you'll find to porn in Toowoomba nowadays".

Monique Lee wondered why porn had suddenly become an issue.

"I see so many other factors that cause problems - alcohol, drugs, work stresses, lack of work stresses, financial pressure, depression, unaffordable housing.... how about make a stand on the real issues instead of making people feel dirty for watching something they enjoy," she said.

Vearney Frost said: "Porn is all we will have when we're stuck at home with broken cars thanks to the state of half our roads.

"I understand that most of his (Cr Antonio) voters are probably religious/conservative so it's a good angle for him but there are literally a dozen more issues in this town that deserve more attention.

"In 12 months will we be looking at even more homeless people and saying 'but thank goodness they aren't watching porn. We have an ice epidemic but not a porn epidemic any more'."

But not everyone was against the movement. Jeremy Tibballs said: "Research clearly shows porn damages the brain, it damages relationships, it distorts views about sexuality, children are increasingly being exposed to it and the porn industry dehumanises and ruins lives of many of those involved.

"There isn't talk about banning your access to porn - just like they haven't banned other damaging things like alcohol."



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