Posted at 10:48 on 4 Dec 2014 by Pandora / Blake
Look, I found a thing: it's the official online ATVOD complaint form!
Ready, internet? It's spamming time!
Here's how you use the form to make a complaint about the new regulations controlling UK porn production:
- Open the Complaint Form and choose "make new complaint"
- 2. Are you complaining about material likely to encourage or to incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder? Choose "Yes"
- 3. Which particular service was it? Choose "Other" and type "The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014"
- For date, use Monday 1 December 2014
- For "programme name", use "Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014" (time viewed - any eg 00:00, although it let me leave it blank)
- For "time of viewing", use Monday 1 December 2014
- Write your complaint
- Enter your email address (address and phone number are optional, which I didn't realise until after I'd submitted mine)
Got that? Go go go! Let's inundate them!
Here's my complaint - feel free to nick it and rewrite it if you like.
The new Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 that came into force on December 1st, restricting UK production of online pornography, are sexist and contravene EU equalities legislation concerning the equal treatment of men and women. Furthermore they are unworkable in practice, will create a trade barrier and cripple small UK businesses, contravene freedom of expression and create unnecessary, harmful censorship.Make your complaint here »
Facesitting which restricts the airways is no more dangerous than deep-throat fellatio which restricts the airways. It is nonsensical and sexist that the former should be restricted, but the latter permitted.
Many women ejaculate at the moment of climax, and it is a natural, healthy part of female sexuality which anyone who has experienced it will know has nothing to do with urination. Female ejaculate on a person is no more harmful or obscene than male ejaculate on a person. Consuming female ejaculate is no more harmful or obscene than consuming male ejaculate. It is nonsensical and sexist that the former should be restricted, but the latter permitted, and likewise it sends a damaging message to young men and women that female sexual pleasure is somehow more "disgusting" or "unnatural" than male sexual pleasure.
As feminists we are trying to educate our young people about healthy, safe sex practice to reduce incidents of unwanted pregnancy, STIs, rape and sexual assault, as well as reducing shame and stigma surrounding young people's - particularly young women's - sexuality. These restrictions are a huge, regressive set back that will actively harm female sexual development in our young women who are no longer able to see equal depictions of male and female sexual pleasure in UK adult entertainment.
Fisting, bondage, facesitting, trampling and many other acts banned by the BBFC are perfectly legal to do consensually. It is ludicrous that these acts should be illegal for UK producers to depict in UK porn. If obscenity legislation is meant to prevent imitation, and the acts would be legal if imitated, then the legislation is pointless and overly restrictive.
Fisting and female ejaculation are important parts of LGBT sexual practice, and these regulations discriminate against women and members of the LGBT communities.
Furthermore, it is revolting that acts of female sexual dominance such as facesitting should be banned, where acts of male sexual dominance such as irrumatio are explicitly permitted.
These regulations impose a regressive conformity, stifle creativity and free expression, and discriminate against queer, feminist and fetish porn - which is usually much more ethically produced, and much more positive in its message, than the "gangbang" style of mainstream male gaze porn which depicts male sexual pleasure, orgasm and dominance at the expense of female agency and pleasure.
These restrictions will cripple small independent UK businesses producing niche pornographic content, while favouring large companies producing mainstream content. They will also benefit foreign companies producing content which is now illegal to produce in the UK, but still legal for UK customers to purchase and view online.
Speaking as a feminist, as a woman, as a member of the LGBT community, and as an adult who enjoys consensual sexual activity and who wants to see my authentic sexuality depicted in porn without shame, I think these restrictions are hugely damaging. They should be repealed.