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BRITAIN BANS “FETISH” PORN … BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE

By FITSNEWS || The United Kingdom has imposed sweeping new regulations on internet pornography – banning a host of fetishes in what appears to be an effort to wipe out an entire segment of its adult entertainment industry.

The 2014 “Audiovisual Media Services Regulations” – which went into effect this week – are purportedly intended to safeguard the public from deviant content that could conceivably “impair” children.  In reality, though, the whole thing appears to be an effort to shut down small-to-medium sized content providers in an effort to secure additional market share for larger studios that produce little specialized content.

“While mainstream porn will be peddled without fear by the large studios – often owned by the same media moguls who denounce the ‘sexualisation’ of our culture – more niche, less clichéd sexual interests will disappear,” one industry expert told Vice.  “It’s the corporate shopping chain crushing independent shops on the high street by piling it high and marketing it to the dumbest common denominator.”

Either way, it’s censorship …

According to Vice, these are the “acts that are no longer acceptable …”

… spanking, caning and whipping beyond a gentle level; penetration by any object “associated with violence”; activities that can be classed as “life-endangering”, such as strangulation and facesitting; fisting, if all knuckles are inserted; physical or verbal abuse, even if consensual; the portrayal of non-consensual sex; urination in various sexual contexts; and female ejaculation.

Ummm … hmmm.

“It’s a strange, highly-subjective list of sexual behavior deemed too deviant for folks to be exposed to,” Elizabeth Nolan Brown over at Reason noted.

We concur …

Seriously … how is female ejaculation banned yet male ejaculation is still permitted?  Wait … that’s something every woman has asked themselves at least once in their lives, isn’t it?

All kidding aside, whatever the motivation behind these new regulations is … they’re ridiculous (even if they only apply to pornographic content produced in the United Kingdom, not other countries).

Don’t get us wrong: There is bad porn out there.  For example the production, marketing or sale of any sort of child pornography – or pornography depicting any non-consensual sex act (or a sex act committed against an animal) – should be criminalized.  Why?  Because by definition, non-consensual sex is a violation of one’s individual liberty.

Which is why this website has praised efforts by local authorities to crack down on such filth …

But the performance of consensual sex acts by consenting adults – no matter how bizarre some people may view them – should never be criminalized.  Nor should people’s ability to make a living off of producing, marketing or selling such acts on film – especially when the intention behind such regulations is to provide an unfair market advantage to a larger competitor.

Sadly, we suspect Britain’s ban could soon become a model for porn censorship here in the United States …

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