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The UK government is worried we’re having too much anal sex

New porn regulation guidelines express a concern for ‘unwanted’ sex – using anal as a key example

This government, eh? They’re abolishing student grants, building youth boot camps, and excluding anyone under the age of 25 from having a decent living wage. It’s almost as if they don’t understand – or ever even were – ‘young’ people. They’re certainly not that bothered about improving their quality of life, anyway.

If you needed more evidence of how completely clueless they are (you don’t), their latest ‘concerns’ should seal it. According to reports in Pink News, the government has now expressed concern over the amount of anal sex young people are having – deeming it “unwanted” and “unrealistic.”

The claims were made in new guidelines highlighting the problems with pornography. In a bid to make age verification mandatory for all online porn, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport pulled together a consultation document listing all of their problems with it. Anal intercourse, apparently, is one of the biggest issues.

“Many people worry that young people will come to expect their real life sexual experiences to mirror what they or their peers see in pornography, which often features ambiguous depictions of consent, submissive female stereotypes and unrealistic scenarios,” the document reads. “There is also a question about the effect of pornography on ‘unwanted sex’ – for instance more young people are engaging in anal intercourse than ever before despite research which suggests that it is often not seen as a pleasurable activity for young women.”

“More young people are engaging in anal intercourse than ever before despite research which suggests that it is often not seen as a pleasurable activity for young women”

It continues: “While the increase in anal sex cannot be attributed directly to pornography consumption, it does feature in a large percentage of mainstream pornography (for example, one content analysis found it featured in 56 per cent of sex scenes).”

It’s true that there has been a notable rise in anal sex among young women. One study found that, in 1992, 16 per cent of women aged 18-24 had tried it. Now that number has rocketed up to around 36.3 per cent. While it’s worth noting that there probably are a lot of girls being forced into things they aren’t comfortable with, calling all anal sex “unwanted” is wrong. The stigma around anal – and our bums in general – is a tired one, and this policy discounts the studies that prove many women do actually, genuinely, enjoy it. 

“The consultation is basically an attempt to grant Ofcom stronger censorship powers to block overseas adult content,” stated Jerry Barnett from Sex & Censorship, after the document was released.

“The suggestion that it is somehow government’s role to prevent anal sex happening is surreal in the extreme,” he added. “The weakness of the evidence provided suggests that the government has given up even trying to make a credible argument for censorship, instead hoping that nobody pays attention as more and more power is granted to an unelected regulator.”