Consensual BDSM activities should not be a criminal offence

Under current English Law and Precedent, it is currently illegal to cause someone injury or leave marks which are more than "trifling and transitory" even when those marks are the result of BDSM activities between consenting adults.

This is another example of the Nanny State trying to interfere in the private affairs of citizens and telling them that they cannot do things "for their own good"

Why is this idea important?

Under current English Law and Precedent, it is currently illegal to cause someone injury or leave marks which are more than "trifling and transitory" even when those marks are the result of BDSM activities between consenting adults.

This is another example of the Nanny State trying to interfere in the private affairs of citizens and telling them that they cannot do things "for their own good"

Scrap VAT on Condoms

Government in general proclaim to promote safe-sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unwanted STD's. So why are Condoms not VAT exempt? Perhaps the manufacture should also be free of any taxes? Anything to lower the price.

Having lived overseas I find the cost for a packet of six or eighteen to be very high in the UK.

The UK health system prescribes the pill to women for free, however condoms are a safer and more reliable form of contraception.

UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe and the problem of STD's amongst young people are one the rise.

Why is this idea important?

Government in general proclaim to promote safe-sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unwanted STD's. So why are Condoms not VAT exempt? Perhaps the manufacture should also be free of any taxes? Anything to lower the price.

Having lived overseas I find the cost for a packet of six or eighteen to be very high in the UK.

The UK health system prescribes the pill to women for free, however condoms are a safer and more reliable form of contraception.

UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe and the problem of STD's amongst young people are one the rise.

Repeal Positive Discrimination (Part 11, Chapter 2) – Equality Act 2010

Repeal the provisions made for employers to positively discriminate against people of a certain age, race, sex or religious belief. 

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the provisions made for employers to positively discriminate against people of a certain age, race, sex or religious belief. 

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

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 is this idea important?

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.

Ofcom and TV Censorship

Ofcom have no problem with real sex as long as it’s for art sake or for educational reasons. I have seen medical programs and art that is very graphic. The reason that this is permitted for transmission is because it’s not for titillation value. Do they think that the young children they are trying to protect understand that these images are educational? That the camera showing sexual intercourse to see how it works is educational? There is no way that a child understands these things.  And then they have at the same time stopped people from viewing anything of a strong sexual nature on TV channels that were designed for this purpose.   These channels are pin protected unlike the art and education channel that are showing far stronger material.


So let’s see what Ofcom have managed to do:

Provide very hard nudity and sexual content to almost all in the name of art. Show any and almost every act of sex on TV to all in the name of education. And prevent anyone who would like to view sex for sex sake from viewing it. The standards they have set are just wrong.

Why is this idea important?

Ofcom have no problem with real sex as long as it’s for art sake or for educational reasons. I have seen medical programs and art that is very graphic. The reason that this is permitted for transmission is because it’s not for titillation value. Do they think that the young children they are trying to protect understand that these images are educational? That the camera showing sexual intercourse to see how it works is educational? There is no way that a child understands these things.  And then they have at the same time stopped people from viewing anything of a strong sexual nature on TV channels that were designed for this purpose.   These channels are pin protected unlike the art and education channel that are showing far stronger material.


So let’s see what Ofcom have managed to do:

Provide very hard nudity and sexual content to almost all in the name of art. Show any and almost every act of sex on TV to all in the name of education. And prevent anyone who would like to view sex for sex sake from viewing it. The standards they have set are just wrong.

OFCOM

Make OFCOM an elected body made up of members of the public.

Reform OFCOM's broadcasting code and bring it into the 21st Century by allowing ALL BBFC classified programme to be shown from U to R18. With BBFC 18 programming restricted to 2000 to 0530 and BBFC R18 programming restricted to 2200 to 0530 with PIN protection.

Why is this idea important?

Make OFCOM an elected body made up of members of the public.

Reform OFCOM's broadcasting code and bring it into the 21st Century by allowing ALL BBFC classified programme to be shown from U to R18. With BBFC 18 programming restricted to 2000 to 0530 and BBFC R18 programming restricted to 2200 to 0530 with PIN protection.

Repeal S71 of Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Sexual activity in a public lavatory)

The proposal is to repeal section 71 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which criminalises sexual activity in a public lavatory (applicable common law offences that would cover this area would remain).

Why is this idea important?

The proposal is to repeal section 71 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which criminalises sexual activity in a public lavatory (applicable common law offences that would cover this area would remain).

Prostitution: decriminalise

Decriminalise most prostitution. Allow licensed, regulated premises to operate a service. This would remove much of the incentive for the current sex-worker slave trade. It would provide prostitutes and their clients with a measure of protection and, since the whole service would be legal, it would provide revenue in the form of taxes.

In order to protect prostitutes, their clients and the general public I'd make it illegal to offer and use the service outside licensed premises.

Why is this idea important?

Decriminalise most prostitution. Allow licensed, regulated premises to operate a service. This would remove much of the incentive for the current sex-worker slave trade. It would provide prostitutes and their clients with a measure of protection and, since the whole service would be legal, it would provide revenue in the form of taxes.

In order to protect prostitutes, their clients and the general public I'd make it illegal to offer and use the service outside licensed premises.

Illiberal sexual offences and the age of consent

England and Wales' sexual offences, particularly regarding young people, are ridiculous and overly restrictive. The "abuse of a position of trust" offences relating to persons under the age of 18 but over the age of 16 should be scrapped (with the obvious exception of young people in mental health institutions) and sexual intercourse between people under the age of consent should be decriminalised within particular conditions described below.

The age of criminal responsibility for sexual offences (a group of selectively defined offences) should be raised to 13, and people over the age of 13 should be allowed to have consenting relations with another person between the ages of 13 and 15. In addition, people over the age of 14 would be allowed to have consenting sexual relations with a person no more than 4 years older than them (i.e: a 14 year-old and an 18 year-old, a 15 year-old and a 19 year-old). This move would not abolish the age of consent but would water it down slightly, providing a 'cascading' effect as young people take on increasing maturity before attaining a full right to consent at 16.

Why is this idea important?

England and Wales' sexual offences, particularly regarding young people, are ridiculous and overly restrictive. The "abuse of a position of trust" offences relating to persons under the age of 18 but over the age of 16 should be scrapped (with the obvious exception of young people in mental health institutions) and sexual intercourse between people under the age of consent should be decriminalised within particular conditions described below.

The age of criminal responsibility for sexual offences (a group of selectively defined offences) should be raised to 13, and people over the age of 13 should be allowed to have consenting relations with another person between the ages of 13 and 15. In addition, people over the age of 14 would be allowed to have consenting sexual relations with a person no more than 4 years older than them (i.e: a 14 year-old and an 18 year-old, a 15 year-old and a 19 year-old). This move would not abolish the age of consent but would water it down slightly, providing a 'cascading' effect as young people take on increasing maturity before attaining a full right to consent at 16.

Repeal the 2003 Sexual Offenses Act on keeping brothels

The 2003 Sexual Offenses Act makes it  "an offence for a person to keep, or to manage, or act or assist in the management of, a brothel to which people resort for practices involving prostitution "

This part of the act should be repealed and replaced with new laws regulating the operation of brothels.

Why is this idea important?

The 2003 Sexual Offenses Act makes it  "an offence for a person to keep, or to manage, or act or assist in the management of, a brothel to which people resort for practices involving prostitution "

This part of the act should be repealed and replaced with new laws regulating the operation of brothels.

Equalising ages

It seems ridiculous that the age of consent in the United Kingdom is currently 16, but the age at which people can view pornography is 18. This essentially means that for two years, a person can engage in sexual activity legally, but not view sexual activity.

This seems insane

Why is this idea important?

It seems ridiculous that the age of consent in the United Kingdom is currently 16, but the age at which people can view pornography is 18. This essentially means that for two years, a person can engage in sexual activity legally, but not view sexual activity.

This seems insane

Change Section 63 of Criminal Justice Act

In the current climate our sexual freedom is under attack as never before. Successive pieces of the previous Government's legislation have succeeded in criminalising the normal sexual activity of hundreds of thousands of adult citizens based on flimsy evidence and a general feeling of distaste.

It is widely agreed and accepted that consenting activities between adults are just that, and that it is not the business of the state to legislate on grounds of taste. The freedom to express oneself sexually without fear of prejudice is a basic civil liberty.

Why is this idea important?

In the current climate our sexual freedom is under attack as never before. Successive pieces of the previous Government's legislation have succeeded in criminalising the normal sexual activity of hundreds of thousands of adult citizens based on flimsy evidence and a general feeling of distaste.

It is widely agreed and accepted that consenting activities between adults are just that, and that it is not the business of the state to legislate on grounds of taste. The freedom to express oneself sexually without fear of prejudice is a basic civil liberty.

Prostitution

The current law which allows prostitutes to sell sex but not to work in brothels is postiviely dangerous and forces women onto the streets.  The buying and selling of sex should be completely legal and there should be liscences brothels set up with Health checks for sex workers. There should be increased stringency against sex worker trafficking and forced sex work.

Why is this idea important?

The current law which allows prostitutes to sell sex but not to work in brothels is postiviely dangerous and forces women onto the streets.  The buying and selling of sex should be completely legal and there should be liscences brothels set up with Health checks for sex workers. There should be increased stringency against sex worker trafficking and forced sex work.

Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

This law is unessessary – we already have laws to prevent people committing acts of sexual violence towards others.  This law prevents people making or viewing a record of acts which occur between consenting adults. 

Why is this idea important?

This law is unessessary – we already have laws to prevent people committing acts of sexual violence towards others.  This law prevents people making or viewing a record of acts which occur between consenting adults.