...I kind of am going to defend it, which is rather odd given that I honestly don't get it. Saying that there are many fetishes and fantasies I don't really get or understand how you could derive pleasure from them. Thing is, it's none of my business what consenting adults get up to in the privacy of their own heads, bedrooms, or torture dungeons come to that and it's none of yours either. Most of all it shouldn't be any of the government's affair.

Recently the ban on "extreme pornography" was extended by our enlightened leaders to include the genre of rape porn Let's clarify something off the bat, rape porn is carried out by consenting adults role-playing the scenario of forced sexual congress. Seems pretty awful to most but there are quite a lot of people, both men and women, who fantasise about such things. This doesn't mean they want to actually rape or be raped, they just get a sexual kick out of the general idea. At no point does rape porn involve actual rape. Are such fantasies "sick"? I suppose it depends on your point of view really and your point of view should never extend to telling other people how to think or what should tickle their sexual pickle. Here is the actual legislation:

In a new Report, the Joint Committee on Human Rights welcomes the provision in the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill, carried over from the last Session of this Parliament, which extends the current offence of possession of extreme pornography to include possession of pornographic images depicting rape and other non-consensual sexual penetration. The Committee considers this provision to be human rights enhancing, given the evidence of cultural harm done by such pornography, and acknowledges the strong justification provided by the Government and others for this proportionate restriction on individual rights.

Does that make sense to you? What catches the eye is the part of the article reading " The Committee considers this provision to be human rights enhancing" . I'm very interested to know exactly whose human rights are enhanced by this legislation. How are any human rights enhanced by the banning of fictional acts of role-playing carried out by consenting adults? I can understand that it would please anti-porn campaigners or perhaps people who consider anything they find disgusting as suitable fodder to be banned, but enhancing human rights? No, I can't see that at all.

Then we have the killer line "given the evidence of cultural harm done by such pornography". Now this is a good part, firstly I'd like to know what evidence there is. What research has been done on rape porn and its effects on our culture? Where is the general consensus on this? Furthermore, what culture exactly? Not only is this sentence untrue in terms of 'evidence' it's also a nonsense invoking 'culture' in such a manner as to render the word meaningless. Come to think on it 'cultural harm' is an entirely menaingless phrase anyway, it still gets the heads nodding from the ban camp though I would imagine.

Not only that but is our culture so very fragile, so easily distorted, that a small sub genre of pornography could cause it harm? I don't have any hard statistics on this but I'll go out on a limb here and point out that this form of porn probably doesn't show up in search engine results all that often compared to most although  I wouldn't take a bet against such fantasies being a little more popular than most of us would be comfortable with regardless of how harmless such fantasies are.

This smacks of yet more appeasement. The extreme pornography law was brought in following the actions of one despicable human being who was found to enjoy such things and the media had a field day. There's no evidence rape porn does any cultural harm whatsoever, there's no evidence that the people who watch it will turn to rape (statistically I'd say the evidence shows exactly the opposite by a huge margin), in fact nobody really cared about rape porn at all until some moral crusaders decided Aunty Government should ban it so that all of us weak-willed buffoons don't suddenly turn into a nation of rapey monsters. It's good to know that in the face of the lack of any kind of decent research, any proof it's harmful, the government still feel it's acceptable to remove it and feel justified to put in place this 'proportionate restriction on individual rights' because it's for our own good.

Still, it doesn't matter though does it? I mean, who on earth is going to defend rape porn?

 

 

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