The UK porn ban isn’t a new concept to anyone. Last year the UK banned facesitting and female ejaculation. Now they’ve set up even more ways of censoring material they deem inappropriate. The new censorship is hidden within the new Age Verification law they will be implementing.

“The government is committed to keeping children safe from harmful pornographic content online and that is exactly what we are doing,” proclaims Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The biggest reason for the push on the new censorship she has ben pushing for, or at least, the biggest argument she uses in public.

“Only adults should be allowed to view such content.” What she doesn’t go on to say is

“However we, the government, will decide what content adults are allowed to view!”

Because this is more than simply protecting the children. This is telling grown adults what material they are allowed, and not allowed to view. After all, websites that don’t comply with the new porn rules will be banned from the UK and it’s viewers.

Is the content they are filtering out illegal activities? Well, no, they’re perfectly normal, natural things that happen to people during intercourse. Perhaps the content promotes domestic violence and undermines females? Surely banning female ejaculation is more undermining of woman as it gives the message that the government won’t stand for female pleasure being shown.

If the acts are non illegal between two consenting adults, is it the right of the government to tell us what we can and can not watch? Because someone has decided that 3 fingers inside an orifice is ok, but 4 fingers is too far and will not be allowed. If that sounds silly, it’s because it is.

But because the subject is pornography, because the rules seem small and silly, it’s easy to get it into law. People will read the articles, shake their heads, mutter than our government are prudes, then proceed to do nothing. Proceed to let them start censoring the material we are allowed to view online.

It starts with porn. But the law is very specific about regulating “adult content” which is very vague. What counts as adults? Remember when the NHS website was blocked for having the worlds “vagina” and “nipple”? Or when a suicide helpline website was blocked for being too adult?

How are they going to track what people watch anyway? After all, they cant simply spy on all of us when we watch porn. Well actually they can. The UK has also passed a new bill that let’s them record your browsing history for the past year, with a warrant. The bill gives secret service agencies the right to hack into your computer.  They are also looking at ways to ban the use of VPNs, or at least, give themselves a backdoor should you try using them.

So what happens in the future when we have set the precedent that the government is allowed to decide what is morally acceptable to view and what needs to be blocked, as well as having the power to check through your personal information and browser history without your consent?

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  • start a movement, just like we did in California over Prop 60. Get the industry on board first, then privacy experts, then fans of both. Once things start moving the law of public opinion will take over. Plus, then we can nominate you for best PR/Marketing Campaign in AVN Awards & XBiz Awards :)

    Not just in the UK but in the US as well conservative parties (Brexit in UK, Tea Party in US) want to go back to an era where they had control over things, something that is harder & harder to maintain as the years go on and countries get more diverse in population. So, they will use Fear to convey a message, with Brexit it was fear that the EU would take over, with Tea Party it’s the fear that the immigrants will take over.

    The laws being proposed in the UK would never fly in the US at this time (though I suspect thee now total republican conservative controlled congress will try), but UK most of the electorate is an aging population where in their minds the youth is corrupted by Western values & they have a sense of losing their country, so the new laws are more likely to pass just by not having any major opposition. Like Brexit many people will just be complacent & go along with whatever their law makers are telling them is a good thing.

    • NeilW

      I agree with what you say here, Mr NY2Cali.

      Free speech isn’t a big deal over here – what with no constitution, there is no fundamental argument against it – and we are very used to a) having a Government which loves to tell us what to do and when and how to do it, and b) a squeamish attitude towards sexuality – that prim Victorian morality does, after all, derive from our Queen Victoria and an era when piano legs were covered up lest we all take to fornicating in the streets.

      Go back a few years, and the Turtles cartoon series was called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles over here because our controlling nanny state considered that it was too dangerous for our kids to be aware of ninjas. That didn’t work and, ultimately, neither will this – a world with the internet in it is just too small. But, in the meantime, we are stuck with it for a bit until the message gets through that it doesn’t work. And law which doesn’t work is Bad Law.

  • Nuno Bojar

    “…will be banned from the UK and it’s viewers.”

    “its”