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Will porn be banned in Europe? EU set to vote on internet crackdown

-Report prepared by the Committee on Women's

-Rights and Gender Equality

-MEPs will vote next Tuesday possibly resulting in ban of all pornography

-Bill calls for regulatory agencies that could impose sanctions for breaches

The European Parliament is preparing to vote on a proposal to ban all forms of pornography. A report detailing the ban was prepared by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

Embedded under Article 17 of the report is a clause that, if eventually made into law, would effectively ban pornography across all types of media, including the Internet, in Europe.

Freedom of speech campaigners have criticised the move, claiming that the clause has been quietly inserted into the legislation.

They also described the inclusion of the article as an 'unacceptable political invasion of people’s bedrooms'.

Dutch MEP Kartika Liotard, introduced the report which recommended a 'ban all forms of pornography in the media,' including what it refers to as 'the digital field.'

But the report does not distinguish between different types of pornography, or indeed what media the bill refers to.

However, it is expected that MEPs will amend the bill to clarify that the clause refers to pornography in the context of advertising.

The bill also calls for the establishment of regulatory agencies with 'a mandate to impose effective sanctions on companies and individuals promoting the sexualisation of girls.'

Next Tuesday the 754 MEPs of the Parliament will be voting on whether to endorse the conclusions of a report called 'Eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU.'

Yesterday Floella Benjamin, who sits as a Lib Dem peer in the Lords, warned of an ‘epidemic’ of violent online porn, which is leading youngsters on a ‘seemingly unstoppable march into a moral wasteland’.

Baroness Benjamin said girls were becoming increasingly sexualised while more and more boys were treating them as little more than ‘sexual objects’.

In an impassioned speech to mark today’s International Women’s Day, she said boys were pressurising girls into degrading behaviour.

‘I believe we have opened a Pandora’s box and I have no answer as to how we can reverse the trend of the sexual objectification of women and how to protect our children against its influence,’ she said.

The idea of banning pornography is beginning to gather pace.

Last month it was reported that Iceland could become the first Western democracy to block all internet porn under radical new proposals.

Fears about the damaging effects on children have led the government to work on legal measures to try and stop the flood of graphic sexual material reaching the island’s shores.

Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson has set up working parties to find the best ways to stem the tide of online images and videos being accessed by young people through computers, games consoles and smartphones.

Methods under consideration include blocking porn IP addresses and making it illegal to use Icelandic credit cards to access x-rated sites.

A law forbidding the printing and distribution of porn has long been in place in the Nordic nation – but it has yet to be updated to cover the internet.

Two years ago, the Icelandic Parliament – led by female prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir - successfully banned all strip clubs on the grounds that they violated the civil rights of the women who worked there and were harmful to society.

This argument - that porn violates the rights of both women who appear in it and children who are exposed to it - is the cornerstone of the new proposals under discussion.

The move is likely to be monitored by Prime Minister David Cameron who has said he finds it ‘utterly appalling’ that so many children in the UK have been exposed to the ‘darkest corners’ of the internet.

The Daily Mail has also been campaigning for an automatic block on online pornography that means customers must ‘opt in’ for access.

Recent comments by Labour frontbenchers, like Diane Abbott, suggests an emerging political consensus on the need for radical thinking to deal with the 'pornification' of childhood.

While countries like China have also tried to stamp out internet pornogaphy within its borders, this is the first attempt by a Western democracy.

by Anonymousreply 2003/09/2013

More proof that there shouldn't be a European Parliament.

by Anonymousreply 103/08/2013

Europe is sinking into the ground, and this is what they're worried about. What's even more outrageous is how much support this has by ordinary Europeans.

We just had a thread about water sports pron being illegal in the UK, and that including female ejaculation, because they don't believe it exists, thus it comes under the banned category: URINATION.

by Anonymousreply 203/08/2013

So much for Europe being laid back and "live and let live", huh?

by Anonymousreply 303/08/2013

Why doesn't Europe concern themselves with the Muslim hordes in their countries, who will finish the job the Moors wanted to do centuries ago if something isn't done, and soon, instead of this bullshit?

by Anonymousreply 403/08/2013

I wish they could just ban violent straight porn, that shit creeps me out and has been proven over and over and over (not even just by feminists) to help develop men with issues with women.

I don't care about the gay porn, let the boys enjoy that all they want.

by Anonymousreply 503/08/2013

[quote]Report prepared by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Eurofraus!

by Anonymousreply 603/08/2013

Europe needs a real V for Vendetta to put fear in the minds of anyone who would consider something like this.

by Anonymousreply 703/08/2013

Europeans don't really need porn.

by Anonymousreply 803/08/2013

So this will only apply to STRAIGHT porn, correct?

by Anonymousreply 903/08/2013

[quote]I wish they could just ban violent straight porn, that shit creeps me out and has been proven over and over and over (not even just by feminists) to help develop men with issues with women.

Yeah, sure, Goober. Homosexuality is dangerous as well. It's been proven. lol

Are you straight? If something creeps you out, don't watch it. Stop trying to control everyone's lives because you aren't into something.

You know what else has been proven? Violent imagery produces violent people. Let's ban all the violence in movies, tv, and games!

by Anonymousreply 1003/08/2013

Ban the shit. You can still get porn elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 1103/08/2013

[quote]Ban the shit. You can still get porn elsewhere.

Where, comrade?

by Anonymousreply 1203/09/2013

Wouldn't this increase sexual crimes?

This may cause another wave of European immigration.

by Anonymousreply 1303/09/2013

"Wouldn't this increase sexual crimes? "

Probably. Men are truly loathsome.

by Anonymousreply 1403/09/2013

Well this should be a big boon for the "chicks with dicks" market.

by Anonymousreply 1503/09/2013

Does this mean that Europe will ban the Internet, as well? No one has bought physical copies of porn in years.

by Anonymousreply 1603/09/2013

Why is WS porn banned in England? The Brits are second only to the Germans in loving piss.

by Anonymousreply 1703/09/2013

I think the problem lies in the fact that children are starting to access porn at an average age of around twelve and are getting a completely skewed view of what normal sex involves. I have to agree that something needs to be done to stem that. Boys expect girls to look and behave like porn stars.

by Anonymousreply 1803/09/2013

Dumbest idea Europeans have had since "Austerity"...

by Anonymousreply 1903/09/2013

I always find this hilarious ... the reason is always the way porn degrades women.

I've looked at TONS of porn in my life. TONS. And there's never been a women in any of it. So... how does it degrade women?

It's just so fucking myopic and stupid.

I guess gay porn will still be legal, huh?

(anyone who wants to ban porn is an idiot)

by Anonymousreply 2003/09/2013
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