Hundreds protest against sexist porn law in London, December 12, 2014 © See Li | LondonPictureCapital/Flcikr
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Legislating the Libido

On the UK’s new anti-pornography laws

It was certainly one of the more unorthodox protests in living memory: red-blooded women straddling the faces of submissive, supine men outside London’s Parliament House. This orgiastic pantomime was prompted by a recent amendment to the UK’s Communications Act of 2003, banning the depiction of an assortment of sexual scenarios, ranging from spanking to penetration-by-objects to verbal abuse to fisting; as well as the aforementioned face-sitting. …

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