Any pretense from the Australian Government that its proposed internet filter will not extend to millions of sites has died with news that the Government has banned small breasts and female ejaculation in adult material.
The ban (RC) on small breasted women in adult publications has been made by the Australian Classification Board allegedly on the grounds that such images could be construed as child pornography, even where those publications comply with American law and keep certification that performers are over 18.
Female ejaculation has been banned on the incredible grounds that “the depictions are a form of urination which is banned under the label of ‘golden showers’ in the Classification Guidelines” and/or “Female ejaculation is an ‘abhorrent’ depiction.” Notably here male ejaculation is completely legal under the same guidelines, attracting an X rating in Australia.
The Australian Sex Party argues that “There are over one million sites featuring female ejaculation and for Australia to be banning depictions and discussion of this important issue, takes us back into the Victorian era where they didn’t even believe that women could have orgasms.”
Millions though doesn’t start to get close to the number of sites that could potentially be banned with this change. Under Australian law, any site linking to a site that has been refused classification is also refused classification, so something as simple as a series of swapped links on a porn site which shows neither small breasts or female ejaculation would be banned. Then if it’s a general site with one small breasted performer, out comes the ban hammer as well, and that takes us to tens of millions of adult sites.
The addition of so many sites makes a mockery of the filtering trial undertaken last year, that only considered the ACMA Blacklist in one example, and a filtered list of tens of thousands of sites. Notably the second broader test showed internet speeds did slow down relative to the number of sites to be filtered; take that out to the millions or tens of million and the proposed National Broadband Network will be Dialup Plus vs anything the Government is promising.
(Hat tip to SomebodythinkoftheChildren, who is down at the time of writing, but caught a snippet off someone linking to them.)