Why Porn is Greater than David Cameron

I was going to put in a picture of David Cameron but I thought that would turn off my readers.  So have a red square instead.

I was going to put in a picture of David Cameron but I thought that would turn off my readers. So I posted a red square instead.

Why Porn is Greater than David Cameron

It’s very obvious that David Cameron’s anti-pornography measures announced today are a prelude to the erosion of civil liberties, allowing the government to set up a firewall which will be easily switched on/off once it’s in place. (Why on earth does the internet need a state owned firewall?) But, lest we forget, this is also about pornography. Not child pornography but pornography. Cameron wants everyone who chooses to watch porn to “opt-in”, which essentially means putting yourself onto a governmental porno watcher’s list.

I don’t want to be on a list. Lists are bad. Lists are something people can go to if they want to know all about you. No, I’m not ashamed that I might sometimes view porn on the internet, but other people NB THE DAILY MAIL AND ITS READERS suffer from rather strong negative reaction overload to people doing this kind of thing. Visions of 1984 or even the holocaust come to mind all too terrifyingly quickly. “Clara Brooks: watches porn, is bisexual – not really a family woman is she? Segregate that one”

But the way that the Government are doing this is amazingly by manipulating a strong anti-pornographic streak in a society that doesn’t understand why we could possiblywant or need  freedom of sexual expression.   Pornography, according to its conservative detractors, either harms our kids or it harms women. A reader of my short story “Proud and Prejudged” recently labelled it as “pornography”, compared to Anais Nin’s “erotica”. I’m not really sure what the difference between us is other than that she is a much better writer than I, but I’m quite content to label my work pornography if that works for you. The story (series) is primarily about a girl who has intence sexual experiences that are caused by and blend with the literature that she reads. That is, she gets horny and has an orgasm; and that’s what pornography is primarily about – getting off. But the point is if my work can be described as pornography by someone – rightly or wrongly – then obviously I am pro-pornography in some capacity.  I’m pro-pornography anyway, because

I believe in the right for consenting adults to make their own decisions – privately – regarding their sex life, their sexual encounters, what turns them on, what gives them orgasms – and with who, when and how they express these things.  Detractors would say that this is harmful because it destorys the sanctity of monogamous married life.  One has to wonder if these are the same people who said the same things about same-sex marriage.

I write ‘eroticaporn’ because I think that sexuality is a fun and a rewarding thing to explore. I believe that our sexuality is one of the most important facets of who and what we are as people, and that to hide it, to disparage it, to make us feel like criminals for wanting to express it is to deny us the ability to express ourselves and to understand ourselves. And that really cannot be good. Is there bad pornography? Absolutely. I’d go so far as to say that the porn industry as it currently stands is absolutely plagued by terrible representations of women and men, and that the majority of porn produced makes me feel ashamed of my species. And I think we really need to talk about this as a race and we need to change it so that people can spend more time allowing people to be who they want to be and not straightjacketing them with pornographic stereotypes.  So, thanks Mr.Cameron, because what better way not to understand our sexuality/desires, what better way not to have conversations about porn and representation, what better way to make people have negative attitudes towards sex than to drive it underground and make people feel bad for wanting to watch it.

Regardless, I shall continue to peddle my own smut and I’ll allow you to buy it, read it and enjoy it anonymously if you like.  I don’t judge, unless of course you don’t think it’s awesome in which case I’ll apss your name to the CIA.

~ Clara

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2 thoughts on “Why Porn is Greater than David Cameron

  1. I will always be anti pornography because in a country like mine where anywhere you go you will find rapey men, unrestricted proliferation of porn must be kept in check. Just recently a child was raped, sodomized by a man who confessed to being drunk and just having watched some porn on his mobile phone before proceeding to kidnap the child and rape her.
    But in a country like Britain, I don’t think it poses much of a problem. I mean come on you people have been sexually liberated for ages now and sex isn’t such a taboo subject in your society either right? So the chances of some guy getting stimulated after watching porn and proceeding to rape someone are rather less right?
    India’s different though.
    And I do not support the List thing either. Lists are dangerous as you have stated so yourself.

    P.S.:- I did not know Cameron was a conservative. I am no longer a fan after I did some reading on his policies.

    • Well, I would not want to comment about what would be appropriate for your country and your culture. Censorship laws have always been very different in India – from what I understand – so I can only presume, as you say, we have a different approach towards this kind of sexual liberalism in general.

      However, I’d dispute the strong link you’re making between porn being bad because rapists watch/use it. I don’t think that you can make such a strong connection between what someone watches and the way they behave that shows psychological imbalances.

      Does bad porn have an influence on the way that people behave – I think it possibly does though I can only argue anecdotally that I think since the free availability of porn on the internet a generation of kids are developing attitudes that show a distinct lack of respect towards the sexual agency of women but again, I think that the answer is to educate people and not sweep things under the carpet. Brutal horror movies aren’t responsible for an increase in the rise in slasher crime, so why would pornography influence rape statistics? I think that a lot of younger people are hoodwinked into thinking there’s something “real” and not fantasy in the sexual encounters they see in porn and not in horror – it’s not the viewing of sex that’s a problem, it’s the understanding of what they are watching … since we have a culture of not talking about the one thing that nearly *everybody* is watching.

      I’m not sure we are *that* liberal though. Sex is still a behind closed doors subject – that seems to me to be part of the huge problem and Conservatives like Cameron want to keep it behind closed doors because liberal attitudes towards sex threatens the sanctity of the family ergo the system.

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