United Kingdom Decrees New Regulations On Porn, People Protest With Facesitting

According to historians, professions centralized on the pursuit and utilization of sex are the oldest in the world. Whether it’s prostitution, pornography, or any other occupation of said nature, they’ve existed during the empiric rules of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome, dynastic rules in China, the Renaissance, historic America, and many other time periods — including the present. Generally speaking, these professions will always exist as long as humans desire sexual gratification.

However, these professions have always been met with opposition, primarily through censorship or criminalization. The United Kingdom is the latest party to oppose pornography by decreeing new regulations on their country’s porn. As a result, people are protesting in a very unique way outside of the UK Parliament.

According to the Independent and followed up by International Business Times, the UK Parliament added an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act that quietly censored pornography produced in the country. The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that all video-on-demand (VOD) online pornography now adhere to the same constrictions for all DVD and Blu-ray porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

On the 24th page of the 2014 regulations, a list of content that is not acceptable officially bans spanking, caning, aggressive whipping, penetration by any object in “association of violence,” physical or verbal abuse of all kinds, urolagnia, role-playing, physical restraint, humiliation, female ejaculation, strangulation, facesitting, and fisting.

It should be noted that the sources state the pornographic subcategory of female domination will suffer the most from the new regulations. Also, the amendment seems to take issue with acts focused on female pleasure, such as fisting (an act seen mostly in lesbian porn) and female ejaculation.

Sex workers, as well as other people outside of the industry (probably customers and enthusiasts), are not happy about UK’s new amendments. According to the Guardian, protesters demonstrated opposition to the pornographic regulation by doing one of the banned acts right outside of the Parliament building. Protesters staged facesitting (still clothed) while singing “Sit on my Face,” a song originally performed by Monty Python.

Charlotte Rose, the organizer of the protest, called the new porn restrictions “ludicrous” right before aggressive remarks against the practices of the UK government for how they passed the amendment.

“These activities were added to this list without the public being made aware. They’ve done this without public knowledge and without public consent. There are activities on that list that may be deemed sexist, but it’s not just about sexism, it’s about censorship. What the government is doing is taking our personal liberties away without our permissions.”

To prevent identification and possibly arrest, most of the participants in the protest wore gimp masks. They also made sure not to compromise comfort and/or cleanliness as the staged facesitting acts were done on mats and blankets.

Now that you’ve read the news of the UK Parliament quietly passing new porn regulations in their country and the backlash that has resulted from it, what are your opinions? Should the people have been notified of said amendment? Do you think the government passed the amendment quietly to prevent opposition?

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