This summer I went to the theatre and watched George Orwell’s 1984 – the production was great with the madness of censorship and the “Thought Police” being especially scary. However Orwell might not have been so mad in his prediction as the latest change in UK Porn Censorship legislation passing moral judgement for all of us as to what is morally and socially acceptable to watch in porn. Female satisfaction especially seem to be condemned as immoral. 

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Firstly, let’s talk about how exactly this legislation came about. Before we go into exactly what was banned, I want to porn out that the government neglected asked the public their thoughts on censorship (but do they ever in dystopian stories?) or their thoughts on what constitutes as acceptable adult entertainment before deciding for everyone and putting it into writing. Rather, the new bans come under an act of “amendments” to legislation from 2003’s communications act.

#ThingsNowBannedInUKPorn :

Spanking

Caning

Aggressive whipping

Penetration by any object “associated with violence”

Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual)

Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)

Female ejaculation

Strangulation

Facesitting

Fisting

Gagging 

Restrictions of all four limbs

When written down and taking out of context then I can see why some may see these acts as violent and life threatening. For example, if you overheard a conversation going along the lines of “He restricted all four of my limbs, gagged me, strangled me and the aggressively whipped me.” you may assume the speaker was a victim to domestic violence. However UK pornography isn’t domestic violence, rather it’s consensual acts between adults who derive pleasure from certain acts.

The fetish community will be most hard hit, especially independent producers and fem-dom or LGBT companies/ workers. This comes despite fetish porn being one of the most successful genres of British porn, both domestically and internationally. The fetish community in the UK is also very strong, London alone being a hub of parties, clubs and conventions. There is also a very vague description for some of the restrictions such as “object associated with violence” because surely, anything can be made into a weapon?

The claims for the new UK Porn Censorship have been backed that some acts are life threatening, including fisting and face-sitting. At a stretch, I can see how face-sitting may lead to death, and fisting can be dangerous, but then, anything can be dangerous and we’re not banning “vigorous hand jobs” More importantly though, is the fact a lot of the new bans seem to target women’s pleasure. Or at least acts that are most associated with female satisfaction whether from a dominate or submissive position. If female ejaculation is now banned, why is male ejaculation allowed? Does female ejaculation offend people somehow? Why don’t we just ban females from reaching climax at all?

The internet’s reaction, in fact, everyone’s reaction that I’ve come across so far seem to indicate that the new legislation for UK Porn Censorship is unfair and thoughtless. As if the members of parliament didn’t attempt to access pornography 300,000 times from the houses of parliament itself last year! Instead, the feel like some neo-victorian snob passing moral judgement on all of us. It’s simple one of the numerous steps the UK government have taken to increase UK porn censorship, and I’m not exactly sure what their end goal is. To stop all porn in the UK perhaps?

Follow the reaction on twitter with #ThingsNowBannedInUkPorn for hilarious, but also insightful news on the issue!

  • ignition202

    And how are they planning to enforce this, get the MPs to watch porn everyday? Stupid gits.

    Better get a squirting video made before it’s illegal, Harriet. Though.. that could be a fun theme…

    • Harriet Sugarcookie

      Tell me about it! Considering the whole point of the porn filter was to “protect the children” and yet the very guy who drew up this act is under investigation for watching child pornography!

      I think squirting is already illegal, plus I don’t know how to do it :'(

      • Guest

        well you do it everyday of your life, even multiple times, you just haven’t done it while playing with yourself.

      • nycacorp

        well you do it everyday of your life, even multiple times, you just haven’t done it while playing

        • Harriet Sugarcookie

          Wait.. what?! D:

      • Eris

        Who is that very guy please? For research purposes.

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    UK is becoming the new Russia

  • NeilW

    I perceive a problem in that porn is so easily available to all that, as a result, kids are growing up thinking that what they see is the norm: pubic hair is the obvious one, there are many lads who think there is something wrong if a girl has pubes, and don’t comprehend that the primary issue is hygiene not hair.

    More relevant to the discussion here is the perceived aggression areas. Yes, the porn on show may well be between consenting adults, but it’s not out of the question for impressionable male teens to think that it’s an acceptable way to behave towards someone who isn’t consenting, and that worries me. I can see why it’s on a target list.

    Also, even when consenting, it doesn’t give a very pretty picture of interpersonal relationships. I deplore aggression, disrespect, violence. Women are to be treasured and savoured. The joy of you on video, Harriet, is that you are so clearly having fun and enjoying yourself, and there’s nothing hotter than that.