Anti-porn myths and stereotypes renewed in UK MP report
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation (APPG-CSE) has released a report making recommendations for regulating pornography and sexual content on the Internet. The report calls for a crackdown on sexual expression online, repeating myths and stereotypes also propagated by anti-porn lobbies and crusade groups.
The group emphasized that pornography fuels sexual violence and causes social and political harm against women and girls. The parliamentary group views all pornographic content as exploitative and criminal and therefore recommends a comprehensive review of all existing laws regulating the production, distribution and consumption of pornography.
Tough crackdown called for to regulate pornography
The group also calls for uniform regulation of pornography across different online platforms, as well as a legal requirement for online platforms to verify that each person featured in pornographic content on their platform is of legal age and has given permission for the content to be posted there. Persons appearing in pornographic material shall be granted the right to withdraw their consent to the publication and/or distribution of material in which they appear.
Parliamentary group sees all pornographic content as exploitative and criminal
The group’s recommendations would apply to anything the UK government classifies as “pornography,” including sexual content currently found on open platforms like Twitter and Reddit. However, LGBTQ+ content is not mentioned and the group supports the controversial anti-porn movement Exodus Cry.
The group’s recommendations and their wording are identical to the arguments of religiously inspired anti-porn lobbies and crusade groups like NCOSE and Exodus Cry in the United States. The group invariably reduces adult content to a heterosexual, same-sex dynamic between forced women as objects exploited by pornography and men as its “users.”
However, it is important to note that there is no universal statement about what is considered pornography or sexually offensive. Everyone has individual tastes and preferences that are influenced by personal experience, culture, society and other factors.
Lack of mention of LGBTQ+ content and support for the controversial anti-porn movement Exodus Cry.
It is also important to understand that the regulation of pornography and sexual content online is a complex issue that must be carefully weighed to ensure freedom of expression and the protection of minors and vulnerable individuals.
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It is troubling that the parliamentary group’s report makes recommendations that go far beyond current laws regulating pornography in the UK. In particular, recommending a comprehensive review of all existing laws regulating the production, distribution, and consumption of pornography, as well as defining all pornographic content as exploitative and criminal, could lead to severe restrictions on freedom of expression.
It is also concerning that the group makes no mention of LGBTQ+ content and endorses the recommendations of the controversial anti-porn movement Exodus Cry.
Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation