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Today, it becomes illegal in England and Wales to own ‘extreme pornographic images’ as new legislation is brought into force.

As Monmouth points out,this law has raised relatively little interest in mainstream media, and critical coverage has been scant. That’s not encouraging, given most professional journalists’ sensitivities about any attempts to nibble away at our freedoms of expression. But this one is difficult to mobilize public opinion against.‘ Because, yup, no one wants to be seen supporting the perverts.

Even The Guardian, reporting today, takes the disappointing angle that a) the law’s not *that* bad really and b) women’s groups claim it doesn’t go far enough. As Backlash say, ‘Many people assume that “violent pornography” is only of interest to men, and no sane woman would enjoy or even tolerate it.‘ And of course, this is utter bollocks.

All in all, a grim day for kinksters and for everyone’s civil liberties.

Kristina
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Written by Kristina Lloyd

January 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

Posted in Man Candy Monday

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  1. This makes me very depressed – not your lovely picture: the legislation. I’m not even a fan of violent/gory/necro images (you would have to drug me senseless to get me to see Hostel or Saw or Funny Games or any of a number of perfectly legal mainstream movies), but this law is so oppressive and SO badly written. Depending on how it’s interpreted (and we won’t know that until it hits the courts) it could mean that possession of images of anal penetration, constriction/bondage about the throat, and breath-play where the subject is bound and underwater (I’m pretty sure there’s one of those up on Lust Bites somewhere) are among those making you liable for years in prison and lifetime registration as a Sex Offender (effectively destroying many careers). For fucks sake.

    Mind, I understand that in America it is illegal to take a picture of your own child naked in the bath. Doubtless that will be next on on the legislation list here.

    Janine Ashbless

    January 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

  2. Does that mean my heroine running her fiance through is now illegal? Quick – buy Enchanted before it’s banned! And Janine – I’m pretty sure your story in Magic And Desire is in breach of the law…

    Just when the States is getting up to speed with the 21st century (torture is bad; women’s choice is good), the UK decides to rewind fifty years. WHO ARE THESE “WOMEN’S GROUPS”? HOW DARE THEY PRETEND TO VOUCH FOR ALL OF US? I wish they’d show a little honesty and call themselves “Groups of some women with prurient tendencies who think they know what’s best for other people”.

    Olivia Knight

    January 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  3. Wow. I’m literally left speechless. Unbelievable.

    *shakes head sadly*

    Sometimes I’m very glad that I live where I do, although I’m probably deluding myself thinking that crap laws like that wouldn’t get passed here in Canada.
    😦

    Wintersinger

    January 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm

  4. ugh. i don’t even have the words for this. i hate it. yes please keep the puritain out of canada.

    Amanda

    January 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm

  5. On the bright side – it just occurred to me (bit slow on the uptake; sorry) that the splendid man you have imprisoned there was probably imprisoned for owning extremely kinky pictures.

    I reckon I could probably fit through those bars…

    Olivia Knight

    January 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

  6. Oh Jesus wept. Honestly, you’d think some folk have got nothing better to do!

    Sarah

    January 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

  7. Damn. I wrote a long thoughtful piece and blogger ate it. Crap.

    Now I’m just impatient and irritated. The gist of it:
    I sometimes have trouble with internet porn because I have no assurance that the women in the pictures are posing of their own free will. I have to assume so, as it doesn’t make financial sense for legal sites to use pictures that are procured illegally. As we surfers know, though, a few clicks of the mouse can take the most innocent porn-surfer into areas he or she may not have intended to explore.

    Still, though this law probably has good intentions, it will no doubt be abused by right wing fundamentalists, and I must always argue against having freedom of expression curtailed.

    Canada, I think, has always had fairly puritanical laws when it comes to pictures. When I decided to try writing Penthouse letters I bought an Xmas edition of Penthouse and it was so covered with black bars I thought it was a Prison Edition! So I don’t think we in Canada can praise our lack of censorship.
    Not entirely sure what the rules are, though.

    I’ve often wondered if Nexus gets its readership from men who want stuff they’ll be vilified for looking at pictures of, but won’t get in trouble for reading about.

    Might this new law bring Nexus and even Black Lace authors more readers?

    Madeline Moore

    January 31, 2009 at 8:23 pm


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