Leaving aside for one moment how boring a lot of these sex lives must be, I don't even understand the underlying reasoning here. It's very hard to see anything beyond 'ew, I don't like that.' I don't like fishing, but I'm not on some crusade to ban Robson Green and his big tackle from my screens.
When we are talking about consenting adults performing sexual acts on camera for other consenting adults to watch (and anything that doesn't fit that definition isn't porn but abuse of one type or another), what really grosses me out is the government stepping in and listing exactly which acts are and are not acceptable. Why exactly should they have that ability? Do we want government to start legislating on which sexual acts are acceptable even when no camera is present? It's happened before of course and to some extent still does (I am going to re-stress that I continue to talk here about activities conducted between consenting adults).
Really the only laws I want governing porn and workers in porn are those ensuring workers are well treated and fairly paid. In other words, the same laws I want governing all forms of work.
I don't like fishing, but I'm not on some crusade to ban Robson Green and his big tackle from my screens.
And it's not just (just!) sexual regulation that's the issue here. With the economy in the state that it's in, do we really want to end up outsourcing jobs in porn to Europe? That sounds like a joke doesn't it? Nope, it's already happening (NSFW link). This law is a mess, and we can only be grateful it is gaining attention.
Spanking superstar Pandora Blake has a fantastic post with a round up of media coverage and commentary (NSFW link). At the bottom is a list of things you can do if this kind of censorship and control makes you angry. To quote:
- Sign this Change.org petition and this 38 Degrees petition, although the Government are only obliged to take any notice of official petitions. We submitted an official one this morning, I'll let you know when itâs been approved. Meanwhile you might as well sign the others anyway, it costs nothing and will only take a minute.
- Donate to Backlash UK, the sexual liberties lobby group who are campaigning against this legislation. Backlash maintain a legal defence fund to help those targeted by this sort of legislation. I've just set up a monthly Â£20 donation. These are the people who will help us if we get targeted. Give them your money.
- Come to this protest outside Parliament at midday on Friday 12th December.