First, it’s my birthday! I’m quite happy about it too! I did my hair, with dark purple bangs, I bought new eye-shadow, and I drank a bottle of cheap champagne, yada yada yada. No time for that now! There’s face-sitting afoot! I’ll admit it… I paid attention to this story because of the face-sitting. But this is actually an important news story for the porn industry in the U.K. with effects that could ripple way out across the pond.
A U.K. regulatory agency has banned certain sexual acts from being performed in online pornography produced and hosted within the U.K. This is to coincide with a pre-existing ban on these acts in video/DVD porn for sale in shops (I believe the relevant law is the Obscene Publications Act). Online porn produced elsewhere can still be viewed and purchased there currently. There are a number of problems with this policy change, beyond the damage to the livelihoods of online porn creators and performers based in the U.K.
For example, there’s no ban on showing male ejaculation, but female ejaculation is forbidden – quite simply, that’s kinda sexist, and kinda arbitrary, and I know several women who would therefore have very brief and/or unsatisfying careers in British porn. Many BDSM activities are banned for being “life-endangering”… ignoring the fact that most kinksters take safety and communication more seriously than most vanilla folks do, as well as the fact that these acts are consensual.
Face-sitting is specifically on the list of prohibited, life-endangering activities… and has subsequently been wonderfully prominent in the protests outside Parliament on Friday. When I saw the headline image from this article on CNN.com, of extremely classy and stylish British dominatrix Mistress Absolute in situ, I had to do my best to pay homage – a tribute in solidarity with my U.K. porn allies, in defense of free expression and femdom!