An adult discussion: opting out, not in, to internet porn

The government’s communications minister Ed Vaizey is to introduce plans to block all internet porn unless adults opt out. (Can’t link to the Sunday Times unfortunately)

The move, which is being backed by the NSPCC and a number of psychologists, would force internet service providers to block all pornographic material, unless specifically requested they don’t by the bill-paying adult.

The ISPs will understandably object to these plans; worldwide the internet serves up 420 million pages of porn a day, blocking the UK percentage of that will be a mammoth task.

Never mind the marital relations impact.  Without going into the wrongs and rights of porn, if a wife discovers the home’s internet connection can access porn, questions will be asked of her husband.

The motive behind the proposals is the mental health of children.  The Sunday Times magazine has an eight page report into the affects of porn on teenagers and the results are disturbing.

One teen “Tom”, who watched hardcore porn for 6 years before his first sexual experience recounts an unpleasant first experience with a girl.

We were both a bit drunk.  I was very excited and not very sensitive to the situation.  If I’m honest, I was a bit brusque, a bit rough… maybe even more than a bit.  It didn’t happen in the end, because we were walked in on, but i was incredibly close to taking her virginity in a really rough manner… like almost forcing her.

The article details some similarly disturbing stories.  The studies show that teen boys engage in “blunting” in that they can view hardcore porn with a sense of detachment, knowing it’s wrong and feeling ashamed afterwards. 

It’s a disturbing situation and one that need to be dealt with, but not by blocking porn, which any web savvy teen could get around.  Deal with it with parenting, with sex education, with open attitudes to what loving, consensual sex is.

If you want to have porn blocked, you should have the right to OPT IN. But opting out is crude ineffectual censorship.
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