Part of the Digital Economy Bill, a proposal currently going through parliament, will force all internet service providers to block any entertainment that wouldn’t receive certification for commercial sale from the British Board of Film Classification.
Attitiude reports there’s no definitive list of these sex acts, but it will likely include spanking or whipping, urination, vaginal ejaculation, sex in public, and “any form of sexual penetration into an orifice which exceeds the so-called ‘four-finger’ rule.”
In related news, Britons may soon need to provide proof that they’re over the age of eighteen before looking at any online adult entertainment.
Advocates of free speech are branding this a “prurient” invasion into people’s personal lives.
“It should not be the business of government to regulate what kinds of consensual adult sex can be viewed by adults,” said chief executive of Index on Censorship, Jodie Ginsberg,
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for international porn site operator MindGeek, said:
Many of the sexual activities prohibited from R18 [the BBFC’s most explicit certification] are normalised and accepted aspects of healthy sexuality, and are proudly celebrated by the feminist, queer and ethical porn movements internationally.”