Necrobabes, Death by Asphyxia and Hanging Bitches
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A murderer visited erotic websites and the inevitable debate emerges. Do the sites encourage sexual crime or do they provide relief that makes a ‘pervert’ less likely to act on deadly desires. Should they be censored or left alone. The never ending personal freedom vs. society’s need for safety.
Do you remember when it was said that Wonder Woman ‘promoted’ lesbianism and that Superman was covert Nazi propaganda?
There is also a wider question of definition. As Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the Home Office Minister, pointed out in a Lords debate last year, “there is no international consensus on what constitutes obscenity, or when the freedom of an adult to have access to obscene or pornographic material should be constrained”.
In our increasingly atomised media culture, built around ever more niche consumer segmentation, who is to judge where regular pornography becomes extreme? Now that would be a fun Ofcom committee to sit in on.
If a simulated rape sequence is unacceptable today, what about consensual sado-masochism, or even gay sex tomorrow? What tends to deprave or corrupt one person may prove perfectly inoffensive to another.