The UK Porn Ban

Banning enjoyable and consensual sex acts in UK porn has horrific implications

Since the 1 December 2014 the government of the United Kingdom introduced a law which states that online, paid-for porn – such as Video on Demand – must follow the same rules as porn DVD productions. At first glance this sounds reasonable, right? I mean if porn DVDs are being produced which are expressing an enjoyable and liberated view of sexuality, then there should be no problem having Video on Demand following the same guidelines. This has become known as the UK porn ban.

Censored sexuality: why the UK porn ban is so terrifying

You might assume that such guidelines are based around such legalities such as no underage performers, no unsafe sex, no permanent damage and no non-consensual acts. Your assumption would be wrong, but I’d respect you for it.

Shockingly, the guidelines place a ban (yes, a UK porn ban, straight out you cannot do this in Video on Demand) on sex acts which many adults of legal, sexual age, consensually enjoy in their own healthy sexual relationships on a regular basis. Not only that, but it bans showing certain acts which aren’t even a choice; they’re a spontaneous natural occurrence. Yes really: the law attempts to protect us from seeing the disgusting mess our bodies can produce through the stimulation and enjoyment of sex. Or at least the mess women make. Men’s messes are apparently fine.

Is it any wonder people are incredibly fucking pissed off about this?

So what exactly is banned in UK VOD?

Oh… plenty of lovely things that you’re not allowed to watch happen any more. Not on UK/Brit made VoD porn, anyway. Most of it seems a direct attack on anyone who has BDSM, kinky or fetish persuasions.

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UK porn producers cannot depict the following acts any more:

  • Spanking (seriously?! It’s known as the ‘English Vice’!)
  • Caning (another great British tradition)
  • Aggressive whipping
  • Penetration by any object “associated with violence”
  • Physical or verbal abuse (even if happily consensual)
  • Urolagnia (aka ‘watersports’, pissing on people, being pissed on, consumption of the urine in sexual context)
  • Role-playing as non-adults (although school uniforms are still fine, funnily enough)
  • Physical restraint
  • Humiliation
  • Female ejaculation (they can’t stop it happening but they can try and stop us watching. It’s a wonder we’ve still got the vote)

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  • Strangulation
  • Facesitting
  • Fisting

The last three have been deemed potentially ‘life-endangering’ under this UK porn ban.

Why the outrage?

If you’re not as outraged as I am and countless other people out there are about this UK porn ban, you’re probably not a person I’d get on with very well. But just in case you need it spelling out to you just why this ban is so outrageous, so terrifying, so… intrinsically wrong, here we go.

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Attempting to censor and/or ban certain sexual acts from being depicted on screen is only one step away from calling for them to be banned in practice, in reality. It’s casting an incredibly unfair moral judgement, then turning that moral judgement into law. Do you want your sex life to eventually be deemed as not only against ‘normal’ human morality (whatever that is) but therefore illegal? It’s not such a huge leap for the law to make if they don’t think such consensual acts should be viewed by similarly consenting adults.

The UK porn ban has been brought in under the premise of ‘safeguarding children’ (won’t somebody think of the children!) but children do not watch VoD porn, or any porn, and will not be exposed to adult sexual behaviour or the related enjoyment by any responsible caregivers. It’s just an excuse which the relevant authorities quite obviously hope will pacify the masses in this change, because children have been mentioned and we all know they’re the final word in any argument. Even if they’re not relevant to the particular case at all.

Speaking of children, it is worrying that the next generation – when they come ‘of age’ – will have been conditioned by blinkered laws into feeling like certain sexual acts are in some way wrong, dangerous or shameful. Many of the acts banned by this law aren’t necessarily a sexual choice for some adults, they are the way in which these particular adults find sexual satisfaction. Not only sexual satisfaction either, but in many cases, emotional and psychological fulfilment too.

Will our women of the future feel that if they ejaculate this is something to feel embarrassed by, ashamed of? Will they visit their doctor, not knowing that this is an entirely natural and often spontaneous physical act? Will our future men be put off a woman because she happens to squirt?

Will spanking, caning, whipping and other forms of corporal punishment, which have been a great part of British sexual history and tradition, be phased out over the coming decades? If a playful smack on the bottom leads to a full on over the knee hand spanking – or being paddled with a hair brush – will the participants feel compelled to confess all to the relevant authorities?

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An interesting word there – confess. Confessions are something which have historically been associated with religion. The government here is trying to do what Christendom (organised church of Christianity) tried so hard yet failed to do in the past. Censor certain information under the guise of protection when really it was fear of a liberated society that they couldn’t control. Scientific textbooks were banned, burned – the church tried to stop the spread of facts amongst the masses. Facts and information and education that people actually really wanted. Not only wanted but needed. Sound familiar?

UK Porn BanWhatever your personal opinions on porn, it’s the internet generation’s sex ed tutor of choice. Young people come to the internet to learn about life, love – and SEX. Natural human desire for sexual stimulation and ultimately, release, lead people to pornographic material. Do an image search for pretty much anything on Google and at least a few of the images will be pornographic (if you haven’t filtered explicit results). Porn is everywhere. Porn is popular, enjoyed by most people of sexual age around the world, where porn is obtainable. In primitive cultures we carved or painted sexual depictions into our walls. We crafted the feminine with enormous breasts and rounded bottom and hips, symbols of fertility and therefore sexual attractiveness. We made stone implements into phallic shapes to fuck ourselves with. We, as a species, find a way to titillate ourselves – internet or not. We find a way to create and then enjoy the perverse – only, it wasn’t always deemed perverse, that’s a modern judgement. What is perverse could also be described as sexually liberated. A slut could also be described as sexually experienced and confident. The wilder the spread of the internet the more the prudish panic and attempt to shame those who enjoy their sexuality, their bodies and the bodies and sexuality of those who consent to indulge with them.

The UK porn ban law is the legal version of a heavy Bible slammed down in the pulpit by a hellfire and brimstone ranting clergyman, raining down judgements and insults upon naturally acting people without the right to do so. Please: do not confess your ‘sins’. Do not feel ashamed of these sexual acts and more. Do not feel restricted by anything you do with those of sexual age, consenting partners that you enjoy a liberated sex and/or fetish relationship with. There’s nothing to confess. There is all to enjoy.

UK porn banBy stopping British/UK porn producers from depicting the above acts in VoD as well as DVD adult films and video clips, the authorities are stopping me from being able to watch these acts in channels they control. I don’t want the government to make that judgement over me. I don’t want to be told that what I find natural, arousing, sexy and compelling is wrong and that I shouldn’t watch it. Not only that, but to make it a criminal offence. It’s an insult of the highest order. I personally enjoy spanking (read my top tips for safe spanking), caning, whipping, facesitting, squirting (well mostly a woman squirting onto or into me), watersports, humiliating my slaves, roleplaying ageplay with my partner, bondage, fisting, giving verbal abuse  – oh wait a minute, everything that is now banned in UK porn. Most of these things I enjoy in the privacy of my bedroom with my longterm partner. But you’re telling me that these things can’t be recreated by adult consenting actors and then watched by people like me?

Where is my fucking freedom?

What we can do to put this right

Unfortunately as with everything legal there’s no quick way to correct this from outside the government or make this situation any better. You will probably have heard about the protests in December, the staged facesitting outside parliament in London and many BDSM scene folk ‘getting their fetish on’ and loudly letting their feelings about the UK porn ban be known to the law, press and public alike. This goes much deeper than simply protesting the specific acts banned, though. It’s a worrying move towards an Orwellian society, destroying any notions of a free and open adult way of life. The specific acts banned are merely one facet.

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If you agree that not only is this move by the UK to ban the acts mentioned above from UK/British porn is wrong, but also trying to cast a moral judgement over sexually liberated (of-age and consensual) society and place it into law is wrong, then there are a few steps you can take. You can sign these petitions to let your voice join the tens of thousands of others who agree.

The Petition Site

Gov.UK petition

Not only that, but writing to your local MP will help highlight this UK porn ban as a serious issue which is affecting and upsetting so many of us. You can find your local MP through this link.

Finally, you can shout about the UK porn ban online. If you have a blog, blog about your feelings. You don’t need to be a solicitor/lawyer or know all the exact legal specifics. I’ve written the pertinent facts above. Surely that is enough to inspire some feeling on your part? Give your opinion, have your say on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, link to the petitions from your social media. Tweet it to your followers, share the link on your Facebook wall, put it on Google Plus, Pin a relevant image and post your thoughts and the petition links in the text box. As your friends what they think about it. Keep the conversation alive and contribute to it with your thoughts and feelings.

Don’t let them win this. The campaign to overturn this ridiculous and insulting UK porn ban must not stop. We have many traditions here in the UK. One is spanking. Another is to never surrender.

 

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Sex bloggers & others comment on the UK Porn Ban

(to add your link please comment on this post or email me here)

Obscenity Lawyer: The Following Content Is Not Acceptable

Cliterati: Ten Reasons Why the New Porn Regulations Must Go

Girl on the Net: We Are All Fucked (But Without Leaving Marks) 

Backlash: New powers to censor digital media are a threat to free expression

Kinkly: UK Amendment is Total Buzzkill for Video-on-Demand Pornography

Pandora Blake: Online porn: the canary in the coalmine

Another Angry Woman: The new online porn regulations and how they disproportionately affect women

Charlie Forrest snarks (Other Things Banned by the AVMS Regs (2014)) then seriously vents (Redefining the Argument)

Ashley Lister: The UK Porn Laws (Poem)

Malin James: The Pendulum: Why Americans Should Care That British Porn Is Fucked

Lib Dem Voice: The firm hand of the state where you least want it

Exhibit Unadorned: UK Porn Laws: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know

Uber Kinky: Government Approved Periodic Table of Kink

Sensory Fuse: UK Ruling Far More Dangerous Than the Kink It Bans

9 Responses to “Censored sexuality: why the UK porn ban is so terrifying”

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  2. bluekaren

    I had no idea this was happening. This is really awful, the worst kind of censorship I have ever heard of.

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  3. danielwalldammit

    The list is rather odd. Have to wonder how anyone could have come up with some of these things.

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  4. Gee

    Not only is the ban utterly ridiculous, but its completely sexist. When did visual stimulation and getting turned on by it become a crime??

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  5. PervBox

    The ban hammer in this country is getting out of control. Since when has banning anything really worked?
    Prohibition failed, the war on drugs has been failing for years… All it does is force it underground which is bad for everyone concerned. I run a porn video website but I don’t create my own content but should I want to later down the line, this is BAD news for me. How about instead of banning legitimate porn between consenting adults, they ban all the paedos in Westminster!!!!!!

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  6. kittykatsbitsandbobs

    Hear hear!!!!! I find it disgraceful to shame people. The female ejecualtion ban is particularly offensive and misogynistic.

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