01/12/2014: UK Government Bans BDSM Porn

This is what inspired me to start The Censorship News. Of course censorship has been around for as long as there have been works of art to censor, but the new laws have stopped many BDSM related sex acts from being portrayed. To be specific, this currently only stops porn filmed in the UK from showing any of the following:

  • Spanking
  • Caning
  • 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
  • Humiliation
  • Female ejaculation
  • Strangulation
  • Facesitting
  • Fisting

But this law has a sneaky underhanded feel to it, as they snuck it in without any real forewarning to the public, and carefully worded it so that it only bans UK made online videos. This was a clever move to try and cause the least public unrest as a result, but they are being too obvious as to what they’re trying to do. They won’t stop at just banning a specific subset of BDSM, they will eventually ban all of it.

So far this is only going to harm UK businesses, and the recent spike in UK viewership of foreign (particularly American) BDSM shows that the public aren’t changing their mind on the subject. The Government needs to realise that porn isn’t the same thing as 18 rated movies or television shows, and I wouldn’t mind if they made up a new age rating of 21 specifically for porn just to keep it separate from the rest, because apparently legislators are too stupid to understand the difference otherwise.

But even without that, the more important thing is the laughable reason why this law was made. David Cameron has gained notoriety for his attempts to make ISP porn filters (which have of course been a laughable failure, as a porn site could nullify all filtering by simply editing metadata) mandatory on all UK ISPs, and this new law is an attempt to directly cut off these videos at the source. They would try to ban the entire world from making BDSM porn, but the British Empire no longer has that kind of reach.

Another major problem is the extremely vague terminology of what is or is not allowed, meaning that enforcement could get tangled in years of convoluted courtroom trials. These could end up costing millions and achieve very little besides stepped on small businesses who did nothing wrong to deserve it, wasting resources that could be used to stop actual criminals. This is the beginning of the new Orwellian future if we allow things like this to continue. While I cannot call myself a journalist just because I’m writing about the news, I will keep to the rule of wearing political biases on your sleeve. With that in mind, don’t vote Conservative.

Links:

The Amazing Atheist : UK’s Crazy New Porn Laws http://youtu.be/HK7nOeFfovM

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-remove-uk-censorship-of-video-on-demand-pornography-amsr-2014?recruiter=75797194&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/a-long-list-of-sex-acts-just-got-banned-in-uk-porn-9897174.html?origin=internalSearch

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/no-female-ejaculation-please-were-british-a-history-of-porn-and-censorship-9903054.html?origin=internalSearch

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/why-are-some-people-so-intent-on-censoring-certain-body-parts-and-sexual-acts-9907146.html?origin=internalSearch

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-whiplash-backlash-its-not-as-if-were-hurting-anyone-else-9907286.html?origin=internalSearch

How long will this site last?

On The Censorship News, I’ll be writing about various news stories relating to censorship all over the world, but mostly starting with UK related events, as these are more relevant to me, not only as a person but as an artist. I can see the terrifying Orwellian future sprawling ahead of us if we just let more and more censorship slide unchallenged. I can’t do much about it at the moment, so it’s just this for now.