Having absolutely no affiliation with porn myself I still couldn't help but notice that the recent legislation by the government against certain acts in pornography is slightly, bizarre. The very word censorship tends to get a reaction of aghast in a society where free speech and democracy is seen as being an 'advancement' of civilised views. What is really baffling is that the amendment is in use for the protection of children.
The amendment to the 2003 Communications Act sees a ban on the following acts and more produced in the UK:
Penetration by any object "associated with violence"
Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual)
For me as a journalist I see beyond some of these acts as just being pornography; I see quite a lot of this as a direct attack against female pleasure and therefore consequently female empowerment. If this is supposedly for the protection
A counter argument of course would be that the sex industry still has a darker unregulated side to it, which includes the use of female sex slaves. But this legislation does not do anything to counteract that. If anything it makes the situation worse, for it will drive the industry further underground. Furthermore how does anyone decide what is good sex and what is bad between consensual adults?
The sex industry has come a long way from the male dominated environment that it once was because... and try not to faint; women do enjoy both participating and watching adult movies. A new site that emphasises this is the beautiful frolicme that is made by a woman called Anna, who has a beautiful eye for sensual imagery and erotic pleasurable images that women love.
In a piece for 'The Independent' award-winning erotic film director Erika Lust said that she believes "we need to rethink what is offensive or dangerous and what is, in fact, normal human nature, and remember that it's more important to educate than regulate." Which brings us to the point of protecting the under age viewers; teenagers will tend to watch adult movies before they are sexually active and Erika is right, should we really tell them what they should or should enjoy in the future or should we educate them about being safe, having a trusted loving partner and being ready for sex.
So therefore what is this really all about? Dear government, I await with unease for your next installment on the education of poor gender balance for 'children'.