About Us

Backlash is an umbrella organisation providing academic, legal, and campaigning resources defending freedom of sexual expression. We support the rights of adults to participate in all consensual sexual activities and to watch, read and create any fictional interpretation of such in any media.

Backlash was created in 2005 to collate evidence for an informed debate on censorship and to oppose criminalisation of ownership of material just because the Home Office finds it abhorrent.

It continues to provide legal advice and defend those caught up in these new laws, raise awareness about why the laws are wrong, won’t work, and have unintended consequences.

Members include:

  • Feminists against Censorship, formed in 1989 by a group of long-time feminist academics and campaigners who wished to fight censorship from a feminist perspective.
  • International Union of Sex Workers, the organisation for sex workers’ civil, legal and workers rights. Statement in support.
  • Ofwatch was set up to represent the viewers of adult entertainment on television in the UK and to fight for justice and common sense in how such entertainment is regulated.
  • SM Dykes Manchester runs events and supports women in Manchester and the surrounding area as they explore their interests in the world of BDSM and discuss issues facing SM Dykes, as do SM Dykes London and South East in their area.
  • The Campaign Against Censorship was re-launched in 1983 to promote freedom of expression in all its forms and to fight restrictions on that freedom and its exercise.
  • The Libertarian Alliance is a non-partisan group fighting statism in all its forms and working for the creation of a truly free society.
  • The Sexual Freedom Coalition was formed in 1996 to press the Home Office, governments, police for the sexual freedom of consenting adults.
  • The Society for Individual Freedom
  • The Spanner Trust, set up after the Spanner arrests in 1990, exists to defend the rights of sadomasochists of all sexual orientations and specifically to reverse the UK court ruling which made some SM activities illegal even though all parties consent.
  • Unfettered, a not for profit group formed in 2004 to run educational and entertainment events in the UK to further the cause of BDSM & Fetish and to promote tolerance and understanding within the community and wider society.

Our campaign history