UK: Porn protest to shock with mass ‘face-sitting’ and fake sex

The Government has brought in a raft of legislation to censor both DVD and online pornography by removing acts which it classes as ‘extreme’ [Photograph by Sean Gallup]

Around 500 people will descend on Westminster and pretend to have sex on Friday in a shocking protest against ‘censorship’.

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A model poses at an adult trade fair in Berlin in 2012 [Photograph by Adam Berry for Getty Images]

#PornProtest plans to boggle the minds of MPs with a ‘Sex Factor’ gameshow and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for, um, ‘face-sitting’. But why?

Well, the protesters (and lots of other people) have got hot and bothered over new restrictions on what pornography can be made and sold in the UK.

On December 1, the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 (AMSR) banned a whole host of legal acts from UK pornography – from Fifty Shades of Grey-style naughtiness like bondage and spanking to more extreme acts.

This is on the grounds that they could encourage people to take part in risky activities at home – including, some, like ‘face-sitting’ that it sees as “potentially life-threatening”.

What has the ASMR banned from UK porn?

The following acts are now banned from both DVD and online porn sold in the UK, on the grounds that they could be dangerous.

 •Spanking  •Caning  •‘Aggressive’ whipping  •Penetration by any object “associated with violence” (such as a toy gun)  •Urination (known as ‘water sports’)  •Role-playing as non-adults  •Physical restraint (such as tying people up)  •Humiliation  •Female ejaculation  •Strangulation  •’Face-sitting’  •Fisting  The regulations class the last three acts as “potentially life-threatening”.
•Spanking
•Caning
•‘Aggressive’ whipping
•Penetration by any object “associated with violence” (such as a toy gun)
•Urination (known as ‘water sports’)
•Role-playing as non-adults
•Physical restraint (such as tying people up)
•Humiliation
•Female ejaculation
•Strangulation
•’Face-sitting’
•Fisting
The regulations class the last three acts as “potentially life-threatening”.

 

•Strangulation

•’Face-sitting’

•Fisting

The regulations class the last three acts as “potentially life-threatening”.

More controversially, it has banned any kind of “physical or verbal abuse”, regardless of whether it is consensual or not.

Others point out that the ASMR is sexist, as acts associated with female pleasure, such as female ejaculation and face-sitting are restricted, whilst their male equivalents are not.

Charlotte Rose, Sex Worker of the Year 2013 and the woman behind the protest, says: “These laws are not only sexist but they taking away people’s choices without consent. Personal liberty is what we are fighting for on Friday which no one has the right to take away from somebody else.”

Charlotte first became involved in the adult industry as a bondage model at the age of 17. She worked briefly as a dominatrix before taking a break to start a family and gain a degree.

She returned to sex work as she wanted to “make a difference”, and now works as a sex therapist: “I help people with little or no experience in sex, the elderly and disabled and also couples have healthy sex lives through the teaching of sex skills and I love what I do.”

#PornProtest is not Charlotte’s first foray into activism. As well as being a highly-respected sex worker, she is also a seasoned political campaigner.

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A flier for the protest, which is taking place at Old Palace Yard on Friday

She stood for MP of Clacton to raise awareness of personal liberties, and was an independent candidate in the recent Rochester and Strood by-election that saw Islington MP Emily Thornberry fired.

Now she plans to wake London up to what she claims is an attack on civil liberties posed by the new porn regulations.

‘The Sex Factor’ erotic game-show won’t include Simon Cowell (thank God) but will see fully-clothed participants pretending to take part in the perfectly legal acts that the ASMR has now made it illegal to watch on video.

It all sounds a bit silly, but the protesters say they have a powerful point that affects everyone, not just people who watch pornography.

Renowned obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman says “Pornography is the canary in the coalmine of free speech: it is the first freedom to die. If this assault on liberty is allowed to go unchallenged, other freedoms will fall as a consequence.”

Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert has launched a motion to annull the new laws, that will be debated on Friday.

#PornProtest is taking place on Friday December 12 at noon in Old Palace Yard near the Houses of Parliament http://goo.gl/cQvolN