The death of kink?

Posted at 15:40 on 10 Feb 2017 by Pandora Blake

Tags: age verification, Digital Economy Bill, in the news, kink activism, media

The Death of Kink? Interview in Artefact magazine

This week Artefact Magazine has published a short article on the Digital Economy Bill following a phone interview I did with journalist Nana Baah, who had already written a piece in December on Porn Censorship. This piece fleshes out the details of the censorship overshadowing the UK internet, and includes quotes from my interview with her, and by Jerry Barnett of Sex and Censorship. Jerry rightly links this sort of censorship, to "rising intolerance to free expression" that is permeating our politics at the moment, both in the UK and beyond. 

As well as pointing out the high costs of age verification software and the disproportionate impact this policy will have on small businesses, I talked about some of the knock-on effects of an increasing lack of accessibility to erotic media. '“I get messages daily from people who say that I have helped them to accept themselves, changed their lives and got rid of their shame. If you can’t find out that there are other people with these fetishes, learn about consent and how to practice it safely, then you might think that there is something fundamentally wrong with you. I did until getting online at 13 and seeing preview pictures of spanking - I finally thought ‘Wow, I’m not the only one’.”

I'm particularly pleased with the choice of image to accompany this piece - it's one of my favourite Victorian spanking photos. Click here to read the full article.

Giving interviews like this about issues that matter is work I'm not paid for, so to free my time up to more of this important campaigning work, I'm crowd-funding my advocacy on Patreon. If you aren't already, please consider making a pledge to help me continue my fight for sexual freedom.

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