Thursday, August 31, 2006

More Good News

Found this on Yahoo news today and I'm going to post the whole thing for those who haven't heard. I'm going to go ahead and say this is probably a great, great thing even though I know very little about the state of sexual politics in Britain and how this law is actually going to function. It would be interesting to know more about how they are defining "extreme sexual violence." If anyone has more information about this law and the feminist response to it that's happening now I'd be interested to hear about it. For the most part though, it sounds like our British sisters are way ahead of us.

"LONDON (AFP) - Watching and possessing images of rape and sexual torture is to be made a criminal offence, punishable with a jail term of up to three years.

The plan follows a campaign by two MPs and the mother of a schoolteacher who was killed in 2003.

Violent Internet pornography was implicated in the trial of the man convicted of her murder.

Home Office minister Vernon Coaker said there was an urgent need to tackle the problem because such images were becoming more easily available on the Internet and control of their distribution more difficult.

The new laws -- which will cover pornography online and offline -- will ban possession of images depicting "scenes of extreme sexual violence", plus other obscene material like bestiality or necrophilia.

For example, it would cover violence that is, or appears to be, life-threatening or is likely to result in "serious and disabling injury".

Britain's Obscene Publications Act 1959 currently bans the publication and distribution of such material, but not its possession.

Under the proposals, the maximum penalty for publication, distribution and possession for gain of obscene pornography would also be increased from three to five years' imprisonment.

The Home Office said they did not intend to target people who accidentally access obscene pornography nor those working within the mainstream adult entertainment industry, which works within existing obscenity laws.

The project is in response to a consultation launched last year and comes after a 50,000-signature petition against extreme Internet sites promoting violence against women for sexual gratification was presented to parliament."

5 Comments:

Blogger Edith said...

OMG. OMG.

8:58 AM  
Blogger ms. jared said...

excellent news indeed!

EDITH! answer me! how in the world are we gonna be partners in crime if you don't tell me how to reach you?

also, isn't san francisco gorgeous? do you love it yet?

email me! please.
xoxo, jared

2:53 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

This is very good news indeed! I have links to the consultation summary on my blog. If you need more information let me know.

5:21 PM  
Blogger pornstudent said...

I'd rather not have Star Wars, War of the Worlds and Lord of the Rings movies, violent video games and civil war reenactments. But I'd rather let others enjoy watching and glorifying violence than live in a police state.

5:06 AM  
Blogger stormy said...

Edith/Vicky:
Pornstudent is a troll by the way.
He's hit the other blogs in the circuit.

1:00 PM  

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