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A series that discusses the debates around porn and censorship.

Using The Fear Of Child Pornography To Control Adolescent Sexuality

In her book Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming Suzanne Ost points out that the effect of legislation passed under pressure from moral panic has been to attack the sexual rights of older adolescents and even to criminalise behaviour that was once legal. This has been achieved by a number of laws and provisions that has increased the definition of a child to anyone 18 or under, even when the age of consent in most countries is 15/16 (as a median, the range is 12-21). This means that in most jurisdictions the rights of adolescents who have reached the age of [...]

The Moral Politics Of Child Pornography

I have already discussed the issue of sexual grooming after having read Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming by Suzanne Ost. Now to approach the difficult topic of child pornography. Why difficult? After all, shouldn't we be able to have a rational discussion about such an important issue? Well, as I will argue, the reason it is made difficult is precisely to discourage a rational discussion. This is part of the politics of this issue. As Ost reveals in her book, the issue of child pornography has been largely decided under the pressure of moral panic. As a result the debate [...]

The Problem With ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

It's a publishing phenomenon. It's erotic fiction. Or is it porn? It's the tired old distinction. The double standard. If women like it, it's erotica. If men like it, it's porn. Whilst critics like Gail Dines and Melinda Tankard Reist are the most recent to make a lot of noise about the popularity of porn, or rather, male-oriented porn, they remained silent about a similar boom in female-oriented porn. Oops, I mean erotic fiction. Doesn't female-oriented erotic fiction deal in the same atrocious sexist stereotypes as male-oriented porn? I haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey and honestly, I am unlikely [...]

Madonna, Gaga And Kusama

Interpreting the cultural memes... An item on today's flippant media - South Korea has banned under 18's from Lady Gaga's concert. Which triggered one of those superficial 'shock/horror' discussions with non-expert experts about sexualisation. And I mean non-expert experts because these people really don't know what they're talking about. It's the superficial media turning to members of the superficial media to engage in a self-indulgent discussion. They said nothing new - and nothing interesting. In a way I don't mind that there is an age restriction on Gaga's concerts, or Madonna's. Although 18 is probably too old. 16 seems reasonable. [...]

Q: A Film By Laurent Bouhnik

This film was a surprise. I'm going to Paris in just over a month and I want to polish up on my French. So I thought what better way than to watch a few French movies? I stumbled across 'Q' by Laurent Bouhnik whilst browsing for new releases. I had never heard of it. It was rated R18+ with a warning that it included scenes of 'real' sex. And given that I am familiar with the ground breaking films of Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl and Anatomy of Hell) I was immediately intrigued. Now, after watching it, I am very [...]

Dr Emma Rush (2): Silencing The Erotic Imagination

Some argue that the first novel was The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatan) written by an 11th century Japanese noblewoman called Murasaki Shikibu. It has been praised as a book of great subtlety and psychological insight. Yet it is also porn. It was written as a series of installments and read to the women of the court to entertain and to titillate. Some of the detail is quite shocking. One of the major plot lines involves Genji's attraction to a beautiful 10 year-old girl who bears the same name as the author, Murasaki. He kidnaps her to train her as [...]

Why Teens Should Read Raunchy Novels…

Great opinion piece in The Age by Michelle Griffin - Why teens should read raunchy novels and straight-up smut. The trouble with much of the porn readily available is not that it's explicit, or even that it's brutal, but that it is reductive and samey. Sex therapists report that porn is limiting young men's visions of a good time to mere delivery-man thrusting. But readers are free to create their own visuals, to skim anything they don't like, to break free of the narrative and simply daydream. Browse the overheated world of fan-fiction to discover how readily readers imagine the [...]

Does Melinda Tankard Reist Oppose Gay Marriage?

The recent furor over Melinda's threat to sue Jennifer Wilson has only served to turn the spotlight on just what it is Melinda believes. Unfortunately the debate has tended to focus on whether or not Melinda is a Christian. This is actually irrelevant, primarily because it doesn't tell us much. It is also a distraction because we actually know what Melinda believes because she has told us. With a bit of careful research we are able to piece the puzzle together. Melinda is a moral conservative with close links to various conservative Christian organisations. She is anti-abortion. She doesn't deny [...]

The Pubic Hair Wars

In many ways this is ridiculous. Why even bother? I've already commented on this issue (Muff March and Invisible Vulvas) and the only reason I'm writing about it again is because I finally stumbled across some photos from the early 60's in which the model's entire genitals have been airbrushed to oblivion. As I've pointed out, the porn industry actually pioneered images of real female genitalia, so I've included images from the 70's to provide a contrast. I've also looked into the history of the Brazilian in the west, particularly Anglophone countries (the fad has not caught on [...]

The Muff March

This has hit the news and its a perfect example of the mistaken analysis of some radical feminists. Whilst the Muff March  has the noble aim of drawing attention to cosmetic genital surgery, they are completely wrong to blame the trend on porn. Women’s beauty regimes increasingly encompass ‘ideals’ peddled by the pornography industry, like the porn norm of women removing all their pubic hair, the industry preferring its performers to look more like pre-pubescent girls. (Kat Banyard) There is so much pressure on young women to conform to an ideal that comes straight out of the porn industry. (Jess [...]