Video blog about UK porn censorship

Posted at 11:23 on 20 Jan 2015 by Pandora Blake

Tags: atvod, AVMS, Backlash, censorship, Dreams of Spanking, Extreme porn legislation, Kink activism, Ms Tytania, Nimue Allen, Performers and producers, Politics, Sites and studios, Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, video blog

I finally got round to making a video blog about the new UK porn censorship laws. The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations (AVMS) 2014 impose dramatic restrictions on the sort of online porn that can be published in the UK, disproportionately targeting fetish, queer and feminist porn with no reference to whether the content was ethically and consensually produced. These laws criminalise me and my site Dreams of Spanking, and put me and other independent UK porn producers in a very precarious position. If you want to know more detail about the laws, exactly what is restricted, and how they affect me, watch this.

I recorded this at 1am a week ago without notes, because I've talked about this damn issue so much in the last six weeks I no longer need a cribsheet. As a result it's a little longer than I wanted - I might make some bullet points and attempt a 5 minute version at some point. I sent it to Backlash UK before posting to check I wasn't saying anything glaringly inaccurate, and they replied with a few clarifications as follows:

  • If porn is not classifiable as R18 or deemed by ATVOD to be compliant, it's not just illegal for UK producers to sell it in the UK, they can't sell it anywhere in the world.
  • I mentioned Ms Tytania had gone to court and won. Actually she won her appeal to Ofcom, before the case went to court. She would have gone to court if Ofcom had upheld ATVOD's decision.
  • The judge in the branding case may well have been looking for an excuse to make a lenient ruling, rather than being heteronormative. Another judge more recently was quite explicit in ruling that some BDSM play wasn't bodily harm, which sets an encouraging case precedent.
  • My comments on watersports are somewhat overstated. The rules regarding pissing are the same as for squirting - it is OK if solitary, but depictions of pissing on someone or consuming pee are banned. However this constitutes a large proportion of watersports BDSM play.

These laws impose a regressive conformity, stifle creativity and free expression, and discriminate against queer, feminist and fetish porn. They are unethical, undemocratic, unjust and unworkable. If you agree, please share the video - and donate to our sponsored caning fundraiser to help Backlash fight these draconian new laws. Since I announced it on Sunday evening we're already at 200% of our target, and Nimue and I are each taking 50 hard strokes of the cane!

But legal fees are expensive, and I'm sure Ms Tytania won't be the only UK fetish porn producer to need Backlash's support in an appeal against Ofcom or a legal challenge against ATVOD. It's wonderful to be able to donate a meaningful amount to this fight, but this doesn't end here - more donations just mean more producers we can help (and more bottoms you get to watch getting caned!) So spread the word, donate if you haven't already, and let's show the censors they've got a fight on their hands.

Comments

Jesus H. Christ. Never have I felt so much that Big Brother is watching my every move.
I really hope you can find a solution to this problem Pandora and don't suffer too much for it. After hearing you on BBC Woman's hour I looked on you as a hero (or heroine) and inspiration. While I follow other feminists, I think you've distinguished yourself more than most of the others (I also love Angie "The Anti-Theist" Jackson).
If the unthinkable happens......if you're no longer able to make the spanking films you want to make, I hope you can still be proud of who you are and find another way of challenging the world by creating something new that get's people thinking differently and ultimately forces changes in law and we don't all get stuck with boring, "normal porn".

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