The proposal is shot through with hypocrisy. Here are someÂ examples…
|It should be illegal to possess extreme pornography.||Why just pornography ?
Given that the Government’s specific reasons (see justifications) for singling out pornography don’t work, it’s inconsistent not to ban allÂ violent material (e.g. mainstream horror films).
It’s also inconsistent not toÂ ban the practices that correspond to the pornography – i.e.consensually violentÂ sexual activities and (consensual) role play of non-consensual activities.
Why the inconsistency? Because the Government is essentially telling people how toÂ have sex, but pornography is an easier target.
|Violent material should be illegal
to possess if it was produced primarily for the purpose of sexual arousal.
|Why not also make it illegal to possess violent material if it is owned primarily forÂ the purpose of sexual arousal (regardless of why it was produced)? I.e. ifÂ someone is aroused by watching mainstream horror films, why not make that illegal too?
Again, pornography is an easier target.
|Extreme pornography might be
seen by children.
|But so might
â€¢ normal pornography
â€¢ certificate 18 films
|Extreme pornography causes violent behaviour.||Aside from doubts already mentioned,Â there’s a much better case for saying the same of
â€¢ religious practices and materials