Repeal the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 and 1964

The Obscene Publications Acts prohibit the production of material likely to "deprave and corrupt" those likely to view it. This is applied to all films being processed by the BBFC, especially pornography.

I would also like to see Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 repealed as it prohibits  'extreme pornography' such as BDSM, bestiality and simulated rape – all of which can be produced with the consent of the participants.

Why does this idea matter?

No one should be able to limit expression of freedom. Provided the material is produced legally and with the consent of those involved no one, no matter how offensive it is, should be able to censor it.

 

The government should not permit 'morality' and 'wisdom of repugnance' to criminalize law abiding people who are not harming anyone. People who don't bother anyone are having their private lives invaded by those who with to see them punished for viewing 'obscene' material.

 

It would seem that there are individuals who cannot 'live and let live', finding the concept of others enjoying pornography not to their taste unacceptable, regardless of whether they are exposed to it or not.

1 Comment on Repeal the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 and 1964

  1. The OPA is just abused by prosecuters to harass anyone they don’t like or that they assume ‘thinks’ differently. It has no place in a free, democratic society. Replace it with clear guidelines on what can and cannot be said, done and published if you must.

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