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New U.K. porn legislation arbitrarily bans a laundry list of sex acts

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Today, new legislation in the United Kingdom has effectively censored certain kinds of pornography. If you, like a certain Christian Grey, have more singular tastes and reside in the UK, the new regulations will heavily impinge on the kinds of adult entertainment available to you.

According to Vice UK, this is a result of The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 coming into force this week, which will subject Video On Demand pornography (the kind you pay to stream online) to the same regulations that pornography sold in stores have to comply with. Per Vice UK:

Acts that are no longer acceptable include: spanking, caning and whipping beyond a gentle level; penetration by any object ‘associated with violence’; activities that can be classed as ‘life-endangering’, such as strangulation and facesitting; fisting, if all knuckles are inserted; physical or verbal abuse, even if consensual; the portrayal of non-consensual sex; urination in various sexual contexts; and female ejaculation.”

As Vice and other outlets like The Independent note, these regulations disproportionately target the sort of sexual content that deviates from a heteronormative “standard”—if something as personal and varied as sexual preference can even have such a thing as a “standard.” While the portions pertaining to consent are important, most of the language favors a blanket restriction, regardless of consent. The targeted acts also skew towards those that women derive more pleasure from than men.

Since this is a UK ruling, it only really applies to pornography produced and sold in the U.K.—so porn made elsewhere and streamed for free is exempt by default.

The amendment is the second major anti-porn move by the U.K. government, following Prime Minister David Cameron’s controversial porn filter that went into effect at the start of this year—a decision that, like this week’s, stirred greater fears of creeping Internet censorship.

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