Universal Porn Filter Coming to the U.K.

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Here's two things I do not get. At all.

Why are people so convinced that PORN is corrupting our youth, when it must be sought out which is something careful parenting can minimise (and, let's face it, when they reach the age where they want to look at porn their imaginations are going to go wild anyway)? Are the people saying this COMPLETELY blind to the constant bombardment all forms of media throw at people about how they "should" act, and how it's acceptable to act? Girls are constantly being told they all have to try to look like supermodels, and boys are constantly being told that to feel and show emotion is a weakness. Women aren't allowed to be equal to men; but men aren't allowed to be caring and devoted parents. Women aren't allowed sexual freedom; but men are free to take advantage of them. This is a constant presence in all media- music, television, movies, that dictate how our children should be growing up. And they're concerned about PORN?!

Secondly, do they really think that each and every individual who has gone through puberty and therefore wouldn't be "corrupted" by porn has access to their own internet? I don't. I'm 26, and I rent a room. If my landlords decide they want to implement a "family friendly" filter, neither myself nor my fiance will be able to access adult material, despite being adults who are able to make our own decisions. How many people live in shared accommodation, where one person is responsible for the internet? Or live with their families still? Or live in shelters or group homes, where the internet is dealt with by the people running the home?
None of these people will have any say in whether or not they can access adult material- and what, exactly, does "adult material" cover? I mean, they SAY porn, but would they really block porn and not, say, none-pornographic fetish sites? Or online sex toy retailers? Or sexual health sites? None of those things are "family friendly" either, so depending on where they decide to go with this, and how many people in the UK live in some form of shared accommodation, it's possible that a worrying percentage of the country will lose access to far more than just masturbation material, despite being adults. The only way around it would be to pay for your own internet- and if you're living in shared accommodation, not only is it very difficult to do and reliant on the person in charge, but it's also a cost you're probably not in a position to pay for.

I am completely offended and repulsed that my country think this is an okay thing to do. Sure, it's not a bad idea to have options to put filters in place- but it should be something that each individual implements themselves, on THEIR end. Preferably on THEIR computer. This stinks of taking away choice to anyone who isn't a primary bill payer, which feels like rich elitism and classism. I thought we were better than that. Apparently my last bit of optimism was a mistake.

TacticalAssassin1:

Sixcess:

Caffeine_Bombed:
I'm all for blocking access to rape and child porn

I'm not.

Because I don't know what they mean by 'rape porn',and I doubt they know either.

Pretty much every 'rape porn' movie on the internet would be better described as badly-acted-and-unconvincingly-rough-for-the-first-few-minutes porn... but based on the way the government defined 'extreme' porn a few years ago I expect a vague and dangerously broad definition for 'rape' porn. If neither the government, nor the police, nor judges nor juries are exact in their definition then people will have their lives ruined when they go on the sex offender list and/or go to jail for possession of entirely consensual pornography.

Thankyou, this a thousand times.
Who gives a fuck what sort of porn people want to watch anyway? As long as it's all consensual then it's all good, right?

What's that, government? You wanna mandate what sort of stuff i wanna consume? How about you fuck off.

This is actually a huge fear for me now. "Real" rape porn- that is, none-consensual taping of none-consensual sex- I'm all for being made illegal. But I think we all know it won't stop there.
There's very little doubt that "rape fantasy" porn will be added to the list, as well. And, before anyone says that people shouldn't be fantasising about such things- we cannot decide what turns us on, only what we do with it. And relieving yourself to fully consensual porn depicting an imaginary scenario does not make a person a rapist. A lack of empathy does.
But- and here is the thing that worries me- I'm willing to bet that some BDSM will also be categorised as "rape porn". So if you're into BDSM, you have a problem. Even if you're into aspects of BDSM that normally wouldn't be categorised as "rape porn", how can you be sure that you won't one day view something which ends up flagged? That would potentially involve arrest, being put on the sex offenders register, and potentially having massive parts of your life destroyed. For watching fully consensual porn.

And when this is enacted, I'm basically going to be too afraid to look at porn that actually interests me. And that is not a good feeling.

Ren_Li:

TacticalAssassin1:

Sixcess:

I'm not.

Because I don't know what they mean by 'rape porn',and I doubt they know either.

Pretty much every 'rape porn' movie on the internet would be better described as badly-acted-and-unconvincingly-rough-for-the-first-few-minutes porn... but based on the way the government defined 'extreme' porn a few years ago I expect a vague and dangerously broad definition for 'rape' porn. If neither the government, nor the police, nor judges nor juries are exact in their definition then people will have their lives ruined when they go on the sex offender list and/or go to jail for possession of entirely consensual pornography.

Thankyou, this a thousand times.
Who gives a fuck what sort of porn people want to watch anyway? As long as it's all consensual then it's all good, right?

What's that, government? You wanna mandate what sort of stuff i wanna consume? How about you fuck off.

This is actually a huge fear for me now. "Real" rape porn- that is, none-consensual taping of none-consensual sex- I'm all for being made illegal. But I think we all know it won't stop there.
There's very little doubt that "rape fantasy" porn will be added to the list, as well. And, before anyone says that people shouldn't be fantasising about such things- we cannot decide what turns us on, only what we do with it. And relieving yourself to fully consensual porn depicting an imaginary scenario does not make a person a rapist. A lack of empathy does.
But- and here is the thing that worries me- I'm willing to bet that some BDSM will also be categorised as "rape porn". So if you're into BDSM, you have a problem. Even if you're into aspects of BDSM that normally wouldn't be categorised as "rape porn", how can you be sure that you won't one day view something which ends up flagged? That would potentially involve arrest, being put on the sex offenders register, and potentially having massive parts of your life destroyed. For watching fully consensual porn.

And when this is enacted, I'm basically going to be too afraid to look at porn that actually interests me. And that is not a good feeling.

I'm not even into that stuff and it pisses me off. I'm against possession of any media being illegal, even the really rough stuff, though of course I think the production of it should certainly be off limits.
I just don't like the sentiment that some fuck in the government thinks he knows what's best for everybody. It actually really does piss me off when we are treated like children.

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