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Iceland considering ban on violent internet porn February 17, 2013

Filed under: pornography — Jender @ 10:49 am

An online ban would complement Iceland’s existing law against printing and distributing porn, and follow on from 2010 legislation that closed strip clubs and 2009 prostitution laws that criminalised the customer rather than the sex worker.

Web filters, blocked addresses and making it a crime to use Icelandic credit cards to access pay-per-view pornography, are among the plans being devised by internet and legal experts.

Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir, a gender specialist at Iceland University, said: “This initiative is about narrowing the definition of porn so it does not include all sexually explicit material but rather material that can be described as portraying sexual activity in a violent or hateful way.

“The issue of censorship is indeed a concern and it is important to tread carefully when it comes to possible ways of restricting such material. For example, we have a new political party, the Pirate party, that is very concerned about all forms of restrictions on the internet. It is very important not to rush into anything but rather have constructive dialogues and try to find the best solutions. I see the initiative of the interior ministry on this issue as a part of that process. Otherwise we leave it to the porn industry to define our sexuality and why would we want to do that?”

From here. (Thanks, Mr Jender.)

 

6 Responses to “Iceland considering ban on violent internet porn”

  1. madamedelad Says:

    Reblogged this on Margarita's Message and commented:
    Sweden is funding feminist porn and Iceland is looking at banning violent porn – it’s all go up north.

  2. Matt Drabek Says:

    I’ll admit to being *highly* skeptical of this legislation. But my skepticism comes from my place as an American who is aware that his own government could never draw the sort of distinctions needed to make this a good law and be in the right frame of mind to enforce this legislation without turning it against sexual minorities.

    Are things different enough in Iceland that this legislation won’t turn out to be a disaster? In particular, are the cops/prosecutors/enforcers in Iceland enlightened enough not to use this to prosecute all kinds of unproblematic porn?

    One immediate question I have is about how the distinction between good/bad sexually explicit material is being drawn. The article says “violence.” It’s going to need to be far more specific than that. Plenty of violent pornography (e.g. consensual sadomasochistic porn) is not the sort that is deserving of a ban.

  3. SW Says:

    “Plenty of violent pornography (e.g. consensual sadomasochistic porn) is not the sort that is deserving of a ban.”

    Nonsense. If you want to prevent 11-year-olds from seeing violent images that will warp their sexualities and views of women, then sadomasochistic porn is exactly the sort of thing deserving of a ban, “consensual” or not.

  4. Matt Drabek Says:

    Okay, SW. We can disagree on the point. But if you’re curious about why people self-identify as “pro-porn feminists” and are suspicious of working together with ‘anti-porn’ activists to counter the (very real) ill-effects of pornography, re-read your own post.

  5. Jarrod Says:

    The scarequotes around consensual is pretty funny. I can’t think of a group of people who have considered consent more thoughtfully than the BDSM community.

  6. Rebecca Kukla Says:

    What Matt and Jarrod said. Seriously SW, I assume you’re calling nonsense because of your wide and deep familiarity with all the different kinds of BDSM porn?


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