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UK government to ban ‘non-conventional’ sex from porn sites

The Conservatives could soon be blocking online footage of spanking, whipping, and female ejaculation

The UK government is notoriously uptight when it comes to porn. During the last six years of Conservative rule, we’ve seen a rise in age verification checks, public wi-fi bans, and an attempt to put a nationwide block on the genre. Back in 2014, David Cameron even went as far as to outlaw a number of acts from being filmed on UK soil; including face-sitting, fisting, spanking and female ejaculation.

Now, thanks to a sneaky clause on a new government bill, it looks like this clampdown is set to continue. According to reports on The Guardian, UK web users will soon be banned from viewing “non-conventional” sex on porn sites. 

The proposal is part of the Digital Economy Bill, which is currently going through parliament. If passed into law, any pictures and videos that show ‘unusual’ or ‘niche’ sexual behaviour could end up being blocked by your UK Internet provider. The acts, which are yet to be officially defined, are likely to include spanking, whipping, female ejaculation, and sexual acts that involve menstruation or urination. One expert even suggested that a “four-finger rule” could be introduced, which would implement a limit on the number of digits that can be inserted “into an orifice.”

“It’s mad that we regulate such materials that aren’t even criminal acts,” commented Professor Clare McGlynn, an expert on pornography laws at Durham University and co-founder of the Centre for Gender Equal Media. “If we are regulating things like menstrual blood or urination, that’s detracting from a focus on what I think is really the harmful material, and that would be material around child sexual abuse, but also around sexual violence.”

UK-based feminist pornographer Pandora Blake had her website shut down by David Cameron’s 2014 restrictions, and has previously challenged the government’s “misogynistic” and “obscene” attitude towards unconventional sex acts. She eventually won the right to have her site reinstated after a lengthy court battle. “"This Bill represents an unprecedented move towards state censorship of the Internet,” she said today. “Legal sex acts like watersports and female ejaculation have always been banned from BBFC classification, but since 2014 that ban has extended to the internet - and now we're looking at a national firewall to block unclassifiable content at an ISP level. This will be the end of the free internet in the UK, and will devastate feminist, queer and ethical porn sites. We need better sex education for young people, not state censorship of consensual adult sex.”

In a statement released today, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) defended the legislation, saying that it was to ensure that pornography had the same “rules and safeguards” as everyday life. “DCMS has recently indicated that it intends to designate the BBFC as regulator and is considering the most effective way to implement these measures,” said a spokesperson.