The UK’s porn ban is coming. Here’s why it’s a terrible idea.

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The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced that the government’s plan to block online porn will go into effect from July 15, 2019.

The scheme will see sites that host porn needing to implement strict age verification measures to ensure that no one under the age of 18 can access them. Experts noted before that the measures likely won’t have the desired effect, due to the ease of circumvention.

But no matter how easy it might be for tech-savvy users to get around laws like these, it’s important to consider the chilling effect they have. They won’t just result in a loss of visitors for porn sites because many people just don’t know how to set up a VPN.

The law will contribute to the stigmatisation of porn, sex work and sexuality in general. Something that happens at an alarming rate lately, mostly at the hands of the British and American governments.

One consequence is that the internet is slowly turning into a puritan dystonia where communities like Tumblr, once a safe haven for queer people and sex positivity, ban even the slightest hint of nudity.

Another is that we’re teaching kids that sex is something dirty and perverse, that their bodies are something to be ashamed of and that masturbation is something so dangerous, it has to be regulated by the government. The chances of all these factors contributing to children growing up with a healthy body image and relationship towards sex are slim, to say the least.

Once in place, laws like these are incredibly hard to repeal because no one wants to be the politician with the Wikipedia page saying that they made sure kids can watch porn.

And we didn’t even touch on the implications of building such a censorship infrastructure yet. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to be concerned when a Western government gets inspired by the famous Chinese internet wall. Especially when we consider that the same politicians just a few years ago day dreamt about blocking online “terror propaganda” but kept the definition of the term so vague that even political satire could be affected.

There are plenty of examples of technology being introduced for an allegedly noble cause just to promptly end up being used for something entirely different. Like when German conservatives pushed for online data retention: Instead of fighting terrorism as promised, police used the data to track down people pirating music. Because of course they did.

So even if you don’t mind handing over your credit card data to random porn sites just to jerk off, there are still plenty of reasons to be upset about this law. Politicians are counting on folks being to ashamed to talk about the fact that they enjoy porn. Let’s hope that enough people find the courage to speak up anyway.

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  1. I think the UK already has a law in place where bdsm acts are illegal even if everyone is a consenting adult. They’ve been on this path for some time.

  2. Back to the 19th century. We can fill up the empty convents with psycho disturbed people again. But there are no nuns any more…

  3. So, the “more progressive” UK doesn’t adhere to their “progressive” stance with regard to religion(s). And I thought that religiosity was on the wane in UK. Turns out that it isn’t and it’s either becoming or already there — just as fucking ignorantly religious as the United States.

    Who would’ve thunk?

    1. It has nothing to do with religion, Penboy. It’s just a silly attempt to hide porn from young eyes but any youngster these days knows how to find their way around the restrictions.

      1. “It has nothing to do with religion,”

        You’re full of shit —- or just incredibly STUPID. It’s 100% based on the chrisssssstian religion — you know, that stupid book they hold up while screaming at gays and “pornographers”.

        1. Enough …
          Sometimes you are right

          This time you’re just spouting

          Slow down, relax, engage brain

        2. @Penboy I think you’re over reaction to my post with ad hominems is an indication on the sort of person you really are.
          I agree with almost all you say about religion but seriously, to lose your mind over what I wrote shows you’re a fragile, unsophisticated and disagreeable lout. You are not a good example of people being good without God. Grow up, man.

  4. That 1st Amendment to the Constitution is looking better and better all the time. Yuppers. Hopefully the SCOTUS will overturn the SESTA-FOSTA fiasco before long. At least the bluenoses here across the pond haven’t tried to block good old hard-core porn.

    OK, British boys and girls, no more naughty Internet pics and videos for you! You’ll just have to make do as we did before the Internet – you’re just going to have to do it for real. If you can’t watch sex online, but are instinctively craving to see sex, go ahead … and have sex. In front of a mirror. Or have a friend video your escapade for you on your smartphone. It’s a win-win – you get laid, your friend gets to watch, and so do you later on. And you can share, trade, and collect your amateur porn videos with your friends. Lotsa fun.

    Back in the day, before the Internet, before the camcorder, there was the Polaroid instant camera. Middle class and above kids had color models, poor kids had the One Step which was limited to black & white film. Film was a bit pricey, but it was self-developing and your photos were very private. Needless to say, the subjects of millions of photos, maybe billions, were not landscapes, sunsets, or pets. Worked for us.

  5. There’s still plenty of porn posted on Tumblr. And it takes a while for their algorithms to catch it.

  6. Anti-porn is as religious as the Puritan sex fit over slaves they purely own and purely fuck [ for get not the witches they purely kill. ]. [ For get not the pure law about accusing successfully another as a witch to be able to claim their property. ] Forget not the boys who they convict and kill for farm animal fucking. Sex control is also non-religious. But it merely seems almost 100% male anti-porn. The THEY are M and F. The THEY want to control your body. ROBOTNICS. How many mere believers can the THEY create to control you ? MANY. Build my pyramid or fuck you.

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