Tag: pornography

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Pandora / Blake on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

On February 11, 2019, Pandora / Blake, independent porn producer and spokesperson for Backlash, spoke on Woman’s hour to debate the implications of the the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to liberalise the guidelines for interpreting the Obscene Publications with Prof. Rosa Freedman (University of Reading). You can listen to the …read more →

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Lord Chief Justice Thomas mistaken: Internet porn does not turn people into murderers

Lord Thomas has claimed that Internet pornography was ‘a contributing factor in one of the most gruesome murder cases he had to rule on last year’ (see also the Daily Telegraph). As someone who has to sit in judgement over some of the worst offences committed in the United Kingdom, …read more →

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On Cultural Harm and Pornographic Diversity

Jude Roberts has a significant post on the problematic concept of ‘cultural harm’, which is frequently used as a justification for censoring pornography, especially in the absence of evidence that pornography is associated with more concrete harms against people. Part of her argument links ‘cultural harm’ to the disproportionate focus of …read more →

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Backlash against Crown Prosecution Service’s ‘homophobic witch-hunt’

Obscenity law expert fears CPS using porn laws to persecute gay men The CPS is targeting gay men for looking at legal adult pornography, an experienced defence solicitor warns. The Crown Prosecution Service pursued a gay man for possession of alleged indecent pornographic images over a 580-day ordeal. They continued …read more →

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Essential links defending sexual freedom on the Internet III

Georgina Voss, Guardian: An anti-porn hack day: Mr Cameron? Be careful what you wish for Anna Arrowsmith and Fiona Elvines, Comment is Free: Should accessing ‘rape pornography’ be restricted by law? Clive Martin, Vice: Ten Ways Your Life Might Change Without Internet Porn (Over 18) Another Angry Woman: Not that …read more →

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Developing a consent culture

Guest post by Emily Rape. Sexual abuse. What distinguishes those two horrific things from sex – generally accepted to be one of the most enjoyable pastimes available to us? It’s consent. Consent is vital. Consent is key. Meaningful consent is what makes the difference between sex, and sexual abuse. And …read more →

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Statement on proposed extension of extreme porn ban

The ‘extreme porn’ ban poses a greater threat to the morality and stability of this society than the speculative harms of possessing images merely depicting violence.

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Anti-censorship across the political spectrum

This week, Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of ConservativeHome, explains the practical implications of an Internet porn filter for personal privacy. He argues that filtering will inevitably involve monitoring all of everyone’s internet use, since porn isn’t a well-established category of material easily divided from other content: The only way to …read more →

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Sex, Lies and Porn Statistics

Zombie statistics staked through the heart. Honest truth from the Ministry of Truth. Read Unity’s forensic querying Quote: There are no clear or accurate statistics on the amount of porn that’s out there on the internet or on how many internet searches are made that are looking for porn or …read more →

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Fear of the Imaginary

A common theme in sex censorship legislation is the desire, or at least willingness, to stamp out depictions of fictional events. For example, the anti-pornography provisions in the recent Coroners and Justice Bill were first mooted because of a loophole that was being exploited in some child protection legislation. Some …read more →