The U.K. is banning “non-conventional sex” in porn, which is even more sexist than it sounds

The U.K. is so sophisticated and liberal compared to America, isn’t it? Not when it comes to porn. Britain’s government wants to censor videos of “non-conventional sex” online, proving that conservative politicians everywhere can’t resist policing sexual pleasure.

If you think “non-conventional sex” sounds like a worryingly vague term, you’re right. In addition to covering sexual encounters involving menstruation or urination, it also covers acts such as spanking, whipping, hardcore bondage, and female ejaculation, since consensual kink and visible female pleasure are of course evil. However, it’s totally fine to show male ejaculation, double penetration, and women gagging on penises while giving oral sex. There’s also the possibility of an anti-fisting “four-finger rule” to limit the number of fingers that can legally be inserted into a person, which is very messed up but does at least provide the image of serious-faced politicians having to debate anal fisting in Parliament.

These measures are currently under discussion in Parliament and accompany a push for better-enforced age verification on porn sites, ostensibly with the aim of protecting the children (you know, the abstract children who always get brought up in political discussions about regulating sex between consenting adults). Users may have to supply their driver’s license or credit card information to prove their age if this legislation is implemented. Nothing says “right-wing government” like having to trade privacy for sexual enjoyment.

Credit: David McNew/Getty Images
CREDIT: Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

British porn producers are already banned from creating porn that features, among numerous acts, humiliation, physical restraint, and face-sitting; the last one is prohibited on the grounds that it’s potentially life-threatening, raising questions about just how bad Britain’s politicians are at eating women out. As for humiliation and physical restraint — both major aspects of many BDSM videos — the supposed reason behind banning them centers on issues of consent. But if the U.K. government really wanted to promote consent in porn, it would crack down on exploitative porn producers and performers, not on the sexual acts they portray.

Considering that depictions of BDSM often involve women dominating men and taking charge of sexual encounters, the proposed legislation against “non-conventional” sex is even more misogynist than it appears. On the other hand, at least these restrictions leave little doubt about what “non-conventional” really means: anything where men aren’t in charge or where female sexual agency is promoted. In today’s Britain, the only approved sex is patriarchal sex.

2016 has taken so much from us already. Don’t let it take our porn, too.

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