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Images of sexual violence on the Internet

September 2nd, 2005

Dr Petra

The British government has recently stated it intends to start a consultative process around banning websites from the UK and overseas, that contain images of sexual violence.

Whilst most people would be in agreement that any sexual images of children, non-consensual sex scenes, or films documenting abuse are unacceptable, outside of this the issue becomes more difficult to define. Or certainly it could be if you want to start banning stuff.

If a couple wants to spank each other and show it on a website, or a woman wants to tie up her girlfriend and blog about it, or perhaps a group of guys want to get off on some discipline role play and share their adventures online, does this become sexual violence? Is writing about violence a problem, or are we only concerned with images? If people consent, even if it doesn’t seem that way, does that mean we should ban such images or activities? And if we ban them online should we also discuss banning them in real life?

All these issues can and should be discussed, but in a sensible way that isn’t just an anti-sex knee jerk reaction.

The group Unfettered, who work hard to promote safe, sane and consensual BDSM activities have collated information about this issue. For more information click here.

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