Monday, 25 February 2008

Extreme Measures

A demonstration has been organised against the illiberality of the so-called Dangerous Pictures Act, part of the Criminal Justice & Immigration Bill that is currently at the committee stage in the House of Lords.

I posted about the legislation back in November (Link). Between now and then it has been rushed through its third reading in the House of Commons, and into the Lords. Despite the fact that it is clearly bad law based on distaste rather than evidence of harm, the prohibition of "extreme images" remains.

Tomorrow's demonstration at Westminster has been organised by a group called the Sexual Freedom Coalition (Link, NSFW*), who have existed since 1996 to campaign against "bigotry, prejudice and prudery" and for the sexual freedom of consenting adults.

BDSM and its associated pornography are hardly everyone's cup of tea. Perhaps because of that, this appalling legislation has received very little attention from the mainstream media. However, the 'Dangerous Pictures Act' absolutely represents bigotry, prejudice and prudery made law. I support the SFC. If you believe in personal liberty, so should you.

*NSFW = Not Safe for Work. (Although in this context that should be fairly obvious!)

1 comment:

Gorilla Bananas said...

Personally, I think there's too much sex and violence in wildlife documentaries.