Chasing Me Chasing You

An uncollared submissive struggling through depression, motherhood, and the constant craving of her next orgasm.

Preserving Human Dignity or Crushing Sexual Freedoms?

I will do my best to not pile my political views on you through this blog. I know this is a bit different from my standard offerings, but I can’t get this out of my head. So I choose to dump it into yours. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. I will try to keep my liberal agenda to a minimum (I can’t even write that without laughing).

On December 1st, 2014 the British government enacted new legislation called the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014. Codenamed by many as the Anti-porn Law. Living in the U.S., this addendum to the Communications Act of 2003 didn’t get much press from mainstream news. But BDSM organizations all over the country moved to support their UK communities from these new, harsher rules. It’s been a couple of months since these regulations went into effect, and I’ve had some time to stew on what the larger ramifications will be for our friends across the pond as well as here. As I prepare for my own visit to the British Isles I am curious to know how the kink community is doing there.

– The Basics –
 

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 attempts to restrict Video on Demand (VoD) and other on-line pornography websites to the same regulations and rating system that purchasable porn DVDs currently face. Salable DVDs at porn and sex stores in the UK have been unable to show any of the below acts since the Communications Act of 2003. It was decided that the online community was just as accessible to children and therefore needed the same oversight. They decided that some content was deemed not acceptable, even for a R18 rating (See pg. 24). The below will not be able to be produced in the UK per the rating regulations:

• material which is in breach of the criminal law, including material judged to be obscene under the current interpretation of the Obscene Publications Act 1959

• material (including dialogue) likely to encourage an interest in sexually abusive activity which may include adults role-playing as non-adults

• the portrayal of sexual activity which involves real or apparent lack of consent. Any form of physical restraint which prevents participants from indicating a withdrawal of consent

• the infliction of pain or acts which may cause lasting physical harm, whether real or (in a sexual context) simulated. Some allowance may be made for moderate, non-abusive, consensual activity

• penetration by any object associated with violence or likely to cause physical harm

• sexual threats, humiliation or abuse which do not form part of a clearly consenting role-playing game. Strong physical or verbal abuse, even if consensual, is unlikely to be acceptable.

The changes also restrict specific activities from being shown on UK websites. To clarify, viewers can still watch material produced by foreign companies, only UK producers are being restricted. These producers will not be able to create content which includes any of the below:

• Spanking/Caning
• Aggressive whipping
• Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual)
• Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)
• Physical restraint
• Humiliation
• Female ejaculation
• Strangulation
• Face-sitting
• Fisting

This legislation was drafted and enacted in less than one month (if only the U.S. government could do anything so quickly). It was not advertised or debated very publicly and outcry regarding it has grown significantly since it went into effect. 
 
– Devil’s Advocate –
 

I’m sure it won’t surprise you that this section will be quite short. Basically, the only thing I could come up with for this argument is that hard copy DVDs have had these same regulations since 2003. This act just makes the VoD and DVD companies follow the same rules, making things ‘fair’ in the porn business world. And after I came up with this weak rebuttal I immediately started refuting it in my head. Mostly, why are these regulations in effect for anything, DVDs or VoD. But, give me credit, I tried to see their motivation.

 – Opinion –
 
There is a reality, that this regulation will put a number of independent companies out of business. They will either have to move to another country to create their content or just stop completely. That is the top layer of issues with this. They quietly passed these regulations that affect several small businesses and online ventures without considering the ramifications. Their concern of the welfare of random children seems a little misplaced. Isn’t this a parents responsibility to monitor what their children are watching? That can’t be only an Americans’ parents problem. If so, I am moving tomorrow.
 
Then there is the crack down on all things BDSM. They even go so far as to stipulate that consent doesn’t matter. Any type of age play is prohibited; does that mean that you can’t even call a Dom ‘Daddy’? Some parts of the regulations are vague and some exceedingly specific. Like the restriction on ‘physical or verbal abuse, regardless of consent’. I cannot even begin to process that. It covers everything. Everything fun anyway. So VoD porn in the UK will now just consist of two smiling people having sex, on a comfy bed, whispering sweet nothings, or better yet, just not talking at all. And I love the fact that the strangulation, face-sitting, and fisting fall under acts the BBFC views as potentially “life-endangering”. I want to see the documentation on how many people have died from face-sitting. 
 
But, most upsetting, is how this legislation seems to focus on the activities and pleasures of women. I can’t say it better than Slate.com did in their article on the subject. It’s just hard to take that somehow female ejaculation is offensive, but male ejaculation is par for the course. The government has taken a random stab at restricting content creation on the internet, but their choices of what’s bad for the youth of the UK seem to focus too much on women in power. 
 
This regulation says a lot more about those making the rules rather than those they are trying to protect. And their misguided attempts are hurting a number of small companies and individuals just expressing themselves online and trying to make a living. The focus on traditionally BDSM activities seems unnecessary, especially as they remove the concept of consent. How do you put a name to that kind of trust? It’s more than a marriage, more than a relationship. It’s a connection. It sounds cheesy, I know. And the content of spanking, physical restraints, or specifically, female ejaculation doesn’t really seem like a direct cause of sexual misconducts.
 
This isn’t my government, and I’m not a porn producer, but this whole thing makes me sad. Sad that a government thinks that kink is automatically bad. That the very idea of female pleasure needs to be protected from children’s view for their well-being. Like somehow female ejaculation will corrupt the youth of today. And it’s hard to accept that an activity that I love is regulated so heavily to ‘protect children’. 
 
I wish the few content creators that I know in the UK the best as they try to work with these new rules. And I hope that when future regulations are put on content creators, in any country, at least they will be based on valid statistics and not fear mongering or moral fallacies. 
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