I haven’t had a good political rant in quite some time, but I couldn’t believe last week when I found out that the United Kingdom banned the production of some types of porn. The list of banned porn in the UK includes,
- Aggressive whipping
- Penetration by any object “associated with violence”
- Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual)
- Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)
- Role-playing as non-adults
- Physical restraint
- Female ejaculation
Regardless of whether you think porn is evil this type of movement in a so-called free country is worrisome. Most of porn is produced by consenting adults. The only type of porn that should be banned is when there aren’t at least 2 consenting adults (i.e. anything with animals, children, or anyone who can’t legally provide consent due to some type of incapacity).
It is easy to scream from the highest hill that a lot of the performers didn’t know what they were consenting to either by naivety or a bad childhood, but that sort of reaction is ridiculous. Should we ban all of porn because a few 18 year olds didn’t understand just how big the internet is? or because their daddy hit them? Should those same people be prevented from entering into other contracts? It is that type of reactionary rhetoric which makes my skin crawl when I hear some conservatives speak. I can’t define a lot of the fetishes on that list (what is aggressive whipping vs non-aggressive shipping or what is an object associated with violence? A coke can is certainly not an object of violence but not something I’d like to watch), but that doesn’t mean that my personal tastes should dictate what two consenting adults do, and whether they then sell their acts. It begs the question if it is legal to perform the act why is it illegal to watch it? This is of course not to insinuate that any of the items should be illegal. It was only a handful of decades ago that interracial and homosexual acts were deemed illegal and thus that type of pornography may have been included on that list.
I wasn’t going to write a post on the subject as I have almost zero knowledge of the free speech laws of the United Kingdom, but I saw one quote that really resonated with me. I read the quote in a few articles and figured I should go right to the source. It was written by an attorney (solicitor) in England named Myles Jackman,
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.
Am I going to do anything about it? No, but if I were in England I would be pretty pissed because this sets a very dangerous precedent.