UK Tries to Block Porn?

Here we go again. It’s always the same story isn’t it? It seems governments all around the world are endlessly attempting to control what is “suitable” for their citizens to watch. In the past month, sex positive proponents have turned their heads toward the UK to examine an attempt to block pornography starting with Internet Service Providers.

It was Ed Vaizey who proposed the block that would screen by age to decide if one was eligible to watch porn. His public interviews are basically a case of:

Think of the children? Always happy to do so, Mr. Vaizey. I’d like to tease out a few perspectives of the proposed censorship as it pertains to society and to minors.

Firstly, the proposed censorship of pornography blurs the line between objective “no-nos” and censorship of other media. First you start censoring porn, and then it’s more justified to censor, say, a website like this! I can’t tell you how much trouble I’ve had finding financial support (*ahem* advertising) to pay for this website simply because I talk about sexual health. This is because people are conflating talking about sex, and probably my vagina diagram, with pornography. Oh god! NOT A VAGINA! There is nothing more horrific than a body part half the world has. So, obviously to you and I, there is a big difference. Mr. Vaizey, if you want to censor porn, you’ll need to draw a CLEAR LINE. A clear line is essential when it comes to censorship in order to maintain our rights. We wouldn’t want another Schenck v. US would we? Let’s leave it in the past.

Of course, we need to talk about blocking porn by age in the first place. Where will this arbitrary line be drawn? And why is it that we have such a strong aversion to thinking of children as sexual beings? The fact is, we are all sexual beings, and our sexual urges start to kick in at about 10 years old. This is a fact that the mainstream needs to accept before any coherent conversation about when pornography is acceptable can take place. That we are sexual from birth is old knowledge, and it’s entirely frustrating that our societies continue to hold onto imagined (aka batshit insane) ideas of child sexuality. Obviously, a child’s sexuality is not nearly the same as you or I, but it does exist in a different degree and its expression is readily observed. A conversation about pornography’s appropriateness would be much healthier if we consider this fact first.

Child sexuality aside, I think that at any age, prohibition is a serious action that should not be taken lightly. Since when has prohibition stopped people from doing what they want to do and seeing what they want to see? Just like abstinence-only education, prohibition sends kids from the safety of their own homes out to the monkey bars where they are sharing god only knows what.


As a funny side note, my little brother (he’s 12) has been experiencing this in response to the blanks in his communication with my parents. When I visit my family, it’s still a practice to keep my jaw from dropping at the things he repeats from his school pals.

But I digress. Porn will always be here. And filter or no filter, if a kid wants to see porn, I assure you that they will find a way to see it. To add fuel to this fire, the ISPs say that such a filter would be entirely ineffective any way. Instead of turning off the conversation about porn, the urge to censor porn should indicate the need to turn the conversation ON. Way on. Don’t punish your kids by closing off communication. It’s just not fair.

And here I say, THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

>>What do you think of the UK porn block or blocking porn in general? This discussion to be continued!

57 thoughts on “UK Tries to Block Porn?

  1. The idea of censoring porn in the UK is, in a way, even more bizarre than the idea of censoring porn in the US. The UK has several newspapers, the Sun and the Daily Star come to mind, which publish pictures of women with their tops off. These papers are available to all with no age restriction and have been in shops in the UK for decades. As I see it, that makes it even harder to draw a line defining what should be blocked and what shouldn’t be. Personally I suspect this whole issue was kicked off by a small group with an agenda and has been blown out of all proportion by the media. I doubt anything will come of it.

    • Taking the UK’s pop culture into context definitely makes it even weirder. It was blown out of proportion, and I think the ISP’s response was telling of that. The real issue is that they’re being blown out of proportion for a reason.

  2. Censoring/banning/prohibiting something takes away the ability to successfully manage it.

    I think you’re right, that the underlying issue in this case, is the fear of our sexuality. Just like in sex education at schools. Society permits schools to only discuss body parts and the mechanics of sex. Oh, and also how dangerous sex is. Parents say they don’t want schools teaching their children about sex. But what are the parents doing? Are they talking to their kids about sex? No, it’s the schools job.

    So all kids learn is about penises and vaginas and wear a rubber or you’ll die. What they need are continuing, rational conversations about their sexuality.

  3. Not to bring religion in unnecessarily but from what I understand, the main proponents of the porn ban are a Christian organization which makes a lot of sense, sadly. Why ban porn if it isn’t bad and for the most part, the only reason porn is considered bad by some is because it reveals human sexuality and the human body in ways that aren’t “proper” or “appropriate”. Simply put, religion loves taking all the fun out of life.

  4. I think it’s pointless arguing with these people (and I use the term loosely) on the grounds that what they’re trying to do is harmful to children or anybody else because they don’t really want to protect anyone in the first place.

    It’s about power and authoritarianism, pure and simple. They want to dictate how and when the masses are able to obtain pleasure.

    Vaizey and his kind are filth of the lowest, most diseased order. Only fire can purify such corruption.

  5. I think it’s pretty hilarious.

    1) It’s completely ineffectual to try to block porn.
    2) The porn business would complain that it damages their income BECAUSE the block in ineffectual (blocking 18+ people accessing porn)
    3) It’s censorship and would never pass. At least, I hope not. Otherwise it’s going to have to be down to a small group of people making a lot of noise to repeal that law. (Because seriously, who would protest it and embarrass themselves by revealing publicly that they watch porn?)

  6. I’m in the UK, and I really hope they do not do this and think its a ridiculous idea. People really need to get a grip. The reason we watch porn is because we enjoy it!

  7. The mantra …That which is repressed will be expressed in an unhealthy way… fits this unbelievable attempt at blocking people from being able to explore, learn, and take part in their sexuality.
    Further making porn the forbidden fruit will only make it that much more tantalizing. Think of the “Forbidden Dance.” If you said people were learning how to do the lambada in clubs it is not exciting at all. Once it becomes forbidden people flock in droves.
    If someone is having trouble identifying their sexuality or how to express it in a healthy way. Would England rather they turn to porn as a temporary fix and a tool to help them get some ideas? Or maybe just get so frustrated in their sexual confusion, that they act out against another person and cause them harm?
    Wake up England and realize just because government is not able to profit from it, does not mean that it is evil. Just like lets say online poker in the United States.

  8. Where has this story come from? I don’t actually believe that they would block porn in the UK as a resident here I imagine this is just a piece of ‘sensationalism’ in the media.

    It would only be an age block anyway which kind of makes sense. I mean age laws are there for a reason, surely there has to be some level of child protection? Would you want to make it legal for the age of consent to be lower than 16? What is your take for example on the idea of a 13 year old having sex with a 40 year old?

  9. If they want to censor porn in order to protect the children, then it should be the parents responsibly not the government. It not the porn companies, media or the government why the kid watch porn it the parents irresponsibly for not knowing what their kids do on the net.

    If they want their kids to learn sex, then it should be the parents to teach them first then the schools if they allow it.

  10. I really don’t understand why porn is such an awful, horrible, “don’t you dare mention it in public” type of thing.
    I did a research project in one of my classes on pornography. Every single person in the class blushed and avoided looking at each other. No one asked me any questions.
    I’m 17 and a virgin. I don’t see any harm in exploring my sexuality through online porn instead of going out with some guy I don’t even like just so I can have sex. I’m aware porn isn’t really what sex is like, because most people don’t have sex in front of a camera. As long as I’m aware of it, I can think critically about what I am seeing.
    Besides, I will admit, I am curious about some of the kinkier aspects of sex, so why not start exploring it in a safe way?
    People really need to stop being embarassed about porn. Sex isn’t evil. We don’t need to fear it.

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