R18 TV: Allow adults to see R18 porn on TV with safety controls

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It is perfectly legal for adults in the UK to buy sexually explicit straight and gay DVDs and magazines. This is not to everyones taste and controls exist to stop people being offended by R18 films. This strength material is also easily available on the internet and mobile phones. Mediawatch UK, the ANTI porn campaign group estimates that 75% of adult males access internet porn, and that increasing numbers of women do. Clearly it is an important part of many peoples lives. Yet UK TV regulator Ofcom bans R18 explicit sex on TV, even late at night on clearly labelled lockable channels. This is a waste of Ofcom resources (they recently took 3 months to investigate a TV channel where the presenter was wearing the wrong colour knickers: Asian Babes,Bulletin 160). By banning this material Ofcom encourages people to access totally unregulated websites and foreign TV channels that permit acts not legal even in R18 films. By banning R18 explicit sex on TV Ofcom is contributing to marital tension and increasing the number of households that access material that could put children at risk. Since this material is totally legal in the UK if on DVD, in a magazine or on a UK website Ofcom is acting irrationally and against its own principles. Allow R18 strength explicit sex material on late night TV channels that can be locked out now.

Why does this idea matter?

Consistency – This strength material is available legally on other media.

Waste – Ofcom must waste millions investigating this. There are few complaints (less than one a week), and many are believed to be from cometitors, not offended members of the public.

Consistency – stronger material used to be available on UK TV and caused no problems.

Mandate – Ofcoms own surveys show that the public are tolerant of this material. If they want anything it is reasonable measures to prevent accidental exposure. The public are more concerned with the casual sexualisation of daytime and evening TV (one of the most offensive TV shows in an Ofcom survey was a daytime chatshow hosted by Alan Titchmarsh featuring sex toys).

Marriage – some couples find that watching erotic material together strengthens their bond. In other marriages porn provides a useful safety value and helps marriage endure. This is only possible if it is easily available without embarrassment.

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2 Responses

  1. Simon Chambers says:

    Ofcom have stated that they would look again at the ban on R18 material shown, if UK tv providers were able to show a system of greater security on the channels. There has been no attempt to do this by the Adult Channels!

    I think that from there point of view, why bother! They are currently selling porn of a very low standard to people who have no choice but to purchase sub standard material if they wish to view adult TV. Now we all know that there are lots of alternative forums for this sort of stuff so I cant understand how the Adult TV providers make any money!

    If you want this sort of stuff then the people to write to are the providers not Ofcom. Ofcom have been strong and consistent in their approach, make it safe and we will look at it again.

  2. Malcolm Bartram says:

    I think that this idea is very sensible R18 films should be available on UK porn channels and in my opinion sites like Amazon.co.uk/play.com. If the goverment really cares about protecting children then they should tell religious groups who back tough censorship laws under the false claim that they are protecting children that a high portion of child sex abuse occors within religious groups for example the scandel of child molesting catholic priests.

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