Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Censorship - 10 Steps Backwards (NSFW, probably)

Although I've never been shy to divulge all the sordid details of my life, in the last few weeks you might have noticed my blog getting a little more sex positive. After chatting to bloggers through chats and on twitter, it's become clear that people out there are much more willing to talk about sex, much more willing to learn about sex; we are a generation that are pushing the boundaries, moving forward, we are more liberated than ever before - or so it seemed.until yesterday, when UK produced porn was seemingly silently censored. The new rules (which you can read a little more in detail on The Independent's website here) means that pornography produced in the UK will no longer be able to contain a whole number of acts that seem, well, par for the course in a lot of porn.

The feminist in me is angry, first and foremost, that some of this list seem to suggest there is something dirty, unpleasant or seemingly now borderline illegal in some acts primarily associated with pleasure for women. Facesitting and female ejaculation are both to be banned under the order, and yet the male equivalents are prominent in a huge majority of porn, I would venture to say. We already live in a society wherein women are too often made to feel ashamed of their sexuality and, just as we're gaining the tiniest bit of freedom? The idea sex isn't for female pleasure is reiterated UK wide. The idea behind the facesitting ban is supposedly safety, although many contest this, but if so surely the male equivalent poses exactly the same asphyxiation risk? Female Ejaculation has been banned because it is yet to be proved definitively that it exists - much like aliens which, quite rightly, are never allowed to be broadcast on any TV programme or film produced in the UK.

Some, of course, undoubtedly do pose some sort of risk if done incorrectly or unsafely - namely strangulation and penetration by an object associated with violence - but I struggle to see how banning these in pornography is going to make any sort of difference at all. Porn produced in other countries is readily available for the UK, these are acts that will still be readily available to view on a porn platform of your choice, only now they'll be lacking English participants. More importantly, the banning of these acts in pornography isn't going to stop people practicing them at home - so why are we banning them instead of using porn as a valuable tool in which we can teach people interested in them to go about it properly and safely to the best of our advantage.

The rest of the list of bans consist of; spanking, caning, excessive whipping, physical or verbal abuse (including consensual), Urolagnia (commonly known as water sports) and fisting. What confuses me most about this ban is that none of the acts themselves are illegal, surely this is just a matter of taste. The ban supposedly rests on moral judgement - but of whom is the question that rests on everybody's lips, I'm sure. This isn't a matter of moral  judgement, but one of whatever floats your boats - and surely this goes back to the old saying of "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all" or in this case, "if you don't like the porn, don't watch it." Instead of chastising people for the types of porn they enjoy, let's tighten up on the important things; making sure those in the industry aren't being exploited, making sure they are all regularly aware of their sexual health status and - where possible - educating people in the aspects of sex that could prove dangerous if not done correctly. Shaming people by suggesting that the fetishes they share aren't "normal" is doing little else except breeding prudish behavior, and the idea that vanilla sex is the only acceptable way. If that works for you, great, but if not? There's a thousand other ways to have sex than missionary and, as long as it isn't illegal, you go ahead and try whatever it is that you want to - irregardless of whether the UK officials have decided that it's "unpleasant" or not.

What do you think about the censorship on porn?

Sammy xo

As always be sure to be careful when participating in any sexual activity that brings forth prominent risks to any party involved, safe sex is fun sex y'all.

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