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This Sunday 25 Jan - Protest Against the "Extreme" Porn Law [Jan. 22nd, 2009|11:38 pm]
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emarkienna
The Consenting Adult Action Network have organised a protest on the eve of the "extreme" porn ban commencing.

Sunday 25 January, 2pm-5pm opposite Parliament. (The protest has permission from the police and the Greater London Authority.)

Also see the a Facebook event for anyone on there.
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Protesting Against The Extreme Porn Law - The Consenting Adult Action Network [Oct. 25th, 2008|04:28 pm]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
The Consenting Adult Action Network are a new group formed in opposition to the criminalisation of "extreme porn". This week, they protested in London against the law.

They have a statement for which they are looking to collect as many supporters as possible, so please sign it and spread the word.

You can keep updated by friending adultspace. They are also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32686435923 .
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Deborah Hyde of Backlash Speaking at the London Fetish Fair [Apr. 18th, 2008|12:04 am]
Backlash UK
emarkienna

Time is running out to write to the Lords - the extreme porn clauses will be debated on 21, 23 and/or 30 April, and the Government wants the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill to be law by 8 May. Please spread the word :)
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Write To Your Lord! [Feb. 11th, 2008|11:14 pm]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
The extreme porn bill is currently being debated in the House of Lords. The law passed through the third reading of the House of Commons without time for debate, but is receiving criticism in the Lords. There are proposed amendments that would basically restrict the law to actual acts, and allow a defence that they "reasonably believe that no person portrayed in the image was made to act against their will". Update: Two amendments are proposed, by Lord Wallace Of Tankerness, Baroness Miller Of Chilthorne Domer and Lord Mcintosh Of Haringey, either to remove the clauses altogether, or to restrict it to images that are both images of actual sexual offences and that would be illegal to publish under the Obscene Publications Act.

Now is the time to lobby the Lords, either to support these amendments (otherwise they will just be voted down), or to propose additional amendments against the Government plans (e.g., an exemption for acts between consenting adults). A list of Lords is available here at TheyWorkForYou (it's easy to send a message via WriteToThem.com by clicking on the name, or see here for other contact details). There is also a list of email addresses.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com allows you to search all speeches for particular keywords, to find Lords who might have an interest - but even just writing to Lords at random is encouraged, in order to target as many Lords as possible.

[More info on the progress of the bill is at http://www.seenoevil.org.uk/wiki/index.php/Hansard_%26_MP_website_links_to_relevant_comments .]
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Extreme Porn Bill Published [Jun. 27th, 2007|01:15 am]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
The Extreme Porn Law has been published (as part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill).

Quick summary, to the best of my knowledge:

  • Staged/fictional images are included;

  • the threshold no longer requires "disabling" injury;

  • even though classified works aren't covered, an extract from a classified work can fall under the law;

  • their list of what could come under this seems to be broader than what people thought ("threat with a weapon", "insertion of sharp objects", "mutilation of breasts or genitals");

  • the Spanner case and "sado-masochists" are referred to when referring to "the material to be covered by this new offence".


I've posted more details on my journal.
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Backlash platform for women's voices [Apr. 14th, 2007|08:00 pm]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
Just forwarding a message I saw on Informed Consent - basically Backlash are looking for articles written by women expressing opposition to the "extreme porn" law.

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There are already some articles up at http://www.backlash-uk.org.uk/womensviews.html .

Edit: Apparentely articles from men are welcome also.
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BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour [Apr. 1st, 2007|08:46 pm]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
The BBC covered the issue of the extreme porn law on Radio 4's Woman's Hour. You can listen to it again on the site (about 8 minutes long). I'd be curious to know what people think?

Whilst the interviewer posed some criticisms to the law, the only people questioned were two people in favour of the law. If you feel that the BBC should perhaps be showing a bit less bias and should be allowing coverage for those opposed to the law too, you can complain.
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Government Responds to Mediawatch's "Criminalise Porn" Petition [Mar. 24th, 2007|07:24 pm]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
Government responds to Mediawatch's petition to criminalise possession of "extreme porn" and to extend it to a much wider range of porn.

It's notable that they do not state a qualitative difference between the "extreme porn" and other types of pornographic images (Mediawatch wanted R18 porn included as an example - which would make it a criminal offence for a couple to film themselves having sex in private). In fact, they seem to acknowledge that this is a arbitrary distinction, and state that it is a matter of debate about "where the line should be drawn". Where will that line be drawn in future?
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Another Petition... [Mar. 21st, 2007|02:43 am]
Backlash UK
emarkienna
Vaguely related to the "extreme porn" laws, there's a petition against the idea of Obscenity Laws at:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/OpposeCensorship/ .

Please sign, it only has about a week to go!

Hopefully this one is better for people who were afraid to put their name to a "violent porn" one, as well as being more likely to appeal to people who are against censorship in general. And although it's unlikely this will reach the numbers of the other petition, it would still be nice to beat the other pro-porn petitions that are on there (e.g., petitions.pm.gov.uk/anti-pornography/ is still beating this one...)
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Debate at Durham University on the government's plans on extreme porn [Mar. 6th, 2007|05:48 pm]
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rosalee
Positions on the Politics of Porn

A debate on government plans to criminalise the possession of extreme pornography

Speakers include:

Prof. Jill Radford, Feminist academic, Teesside University

Prof. Gavin Phillipson, Durham Human Rights Centre

Deborah Hyde, backlash

Also, Avedon Carol, (Feminists Against Censorship) and Yaman Akdeniz, Leeds University (cyber-rights) will speak during the second part of the seminar.

1-4pm, 15 March 2007

Holgate House, Grey College, Durham University

If you would like to take part please contact: Angela Emerson:angela.emerson@durham.ac.uk

For more information please see: http://www.dur.ac.uk/law/research/politicsofporn/
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