Comment: Ten Reasons Why the New Porn Regulations Must Go

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  1. They discriminate against queer, kinky and feminist porn producers.
    “The restriction against fisting – an important part of authentic queer sexuality – will disproportionately affect producers of queer, lesbian and gay porn. This is undeniably a blow against women and queers, with a transparently sexist emphasis on restricting acts of female sexual power.”

  2. They are inconsistent.
    Catheterisation is acceptable, even if catheter connected to mouth; presuming that the tube is not transparent so that the liquid moving through cannot be seen…Peeing and squirting are acceptable if not performed onto another person and/or then consumed… Any form of consumption of (male) ejaculate is acceptable.”

  3. They are sexist.
    “As Stavvers points out, facefucking is permitted, but facesitting is not; likewise consuming male ejaculate is permitted, but consuming female ejaculate is not. The new legislation props up patriarchal models of male sexual dominance and criminalises femdom and feminist producers whose work provides alternative models of sexual interaction. “

  4. They are not based on evidence
    Ofcom have sought medical guidance on fisting and don’t believe it to be a dangerous act to perform. However, as the CPS’ Guidelines specifically cite fisting as obscene the BBFC can’t pass fisting for classification. The BBFC acknowledge that they are well aware of the decision in R v Peacock but are obliged to have regard to CPS’ OPA Guidelines.”

  5. They do not protect children
    “The EU AVMS directive states that content that “might seriously impair minors” should be restricted in order to protect those under 18. However, when considering the research of 20 European States(3), Ofcom found that: “No country found conclusive evidence that sexually explicit material harms minors. As a result, the regulations have been introduced under the aegis of “child protection”, without any evidence that the regulation will contribute to child welfare. It will, however, have an adverse impact on the sexual choices of consenting adults and on the British media industry. ”

  6. They hamper small business.
    “Many spanking producers are already making changes to their sites – including taking free trailers down, moving their base of operations outside the UK, or even taking their site offline entirely. Vice reports, “sites either closed down or made to come into compliance last year include Belted by Beauty, Mistress Whiplash, Pleasuring Herself and Young Dommes”, although another femdom site, The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, has fought off the censors and successfully challenged ATVOD’s authority with the help of Myles Jackman.”

  7. They damage the economy
    This declaration of State censorship will affect millions of consenting adults who choose to view British pornography; impose an unnecessary trade barrier, which has already caused independent UK producers to shut down; result in a significant loss of revenue to The Treasury.”

  8. They shame kinky people.
    “The internet is a lifeline to people whose sexuality does not fit that prescribed as “normal” by the legislators. Whatever our sexuality, none of us can help what turns us on..”

  9. They are an infringement of civil liberties.
    “Pornography is the canary in the coalmine of free speech: it is the first freedom to die. If this assault on liberty is allowed to go unchallenged, other freedoms will fall as a consequence.”

  10. The implications extend beyond porn
    “Of particular concern in terms of loss of freedom is the underlying intent to allow undesirable foreign websites to be blocked under UK ISP’s filtering systems. This has immeasurable implications on freedom of information and net neutrality.

    Read more about the new regulations at:

    Backlash
    Pandora Blake
    Obscenity Lawyer
    Another Angry Woman
    Cara Sutra
    LibDem Voice

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