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David Cameron wants to block porn but the EU won't let him

We talk to a sex blogger about why the Prime Minister's proposed ban isn't a good thing

David Cameron wants internet providers to automatically block porn from all devices unless you specifically opt-in to watching porn. If you like porn, the PM wants you to have to go on a list of perverts if X-rated movies are your thing. This isn’t just affecting our porn – a study by the Open Rights Group has revealed that 20 per cent of the 100,000 most popular websites in the UK were blocked by filtering systems.

According to a document obtained by the Sunday Times, the EU wants to put the brakes on Cameron's plans and wants filters to only be switched on the user's consent. The Tories are not happy, with a spokesperson telling the Independent, "The UK government will not support any proposals that do not allow us to maintain our child protection policies or bring forward new policies”.

It's the latest prudish policy proposal from Cameron and co. after they moved to ban spanking, female ejaculation and face-sitting in December. We needed some insight on why Cameron's plan is ultimately A Bad Thing. so we spoke to esteemed sex blogger Girl On The Net.

“I’m a sex blogger, and I also work with excellent, ethical porn producers like Pandora Blake and Petra Joy, so naturally a blanket porn block will affect me professionally as well as make it harder for me to watch adult content in my spare time," she said.

“And let's be honest here - it's not just a few fringe perverts like myself who'll be affected by a porn ban: it's perfectly healthy and normal to want to look at things that turn you on, whether you're a long-time BDSM enthusiast or even a curious Home Secretary.”

Girl On The Net also makes the point that it’s better to educate than it is to ban. “We need to have an informed, intelligent discussion about porn. That could include: comprehensive sex education (for parents and kids), better rights for workers in the mainstream porn industry, and support for independent producers (such as the ones I work with) who are currently disproportionately affected by this kind of moral policing. There's plenty here to get working on, but instead the UK government wants to smother all sexual content and – as a result – asphyxiate any useful debate and progress. Please, David Cameron – think of the children. When they grow up they won't thank us if we've thrown their liberties under the moral outrage bus.”