Lib Dems - Porn for Kids

Lib Dems - on Porn, Prostitution & Kids 

Yes to Violent Porn

No to Protecting Kids Against Porn

Yes to Sex Industry Policies written by .. the Sex Industry

In early 2017 the Liberal Democrate party refreshed its policy on porn, prostitution and child protection.

Like most human right advocates Not Buying It is non-political, however we also need to challenge harmful policies where they exist. And, unfortunately, when it comes to the Lib Dem's there's an awful lot that need to be challenged:

 

No To Child Protection from Porn

The Lib Dems already overwhelming opposed the Internet 'opt in' scheme introduced in the UK - a safeguarding measure brought in to try and prevent the Tsunami of porn children face.  

'Opt in' merely means porn is not automatically available to households but has to be actively 'opted in to'. However, even this minor adjustment to try to safeguard children was seen as extreme and 'illiberal'

2017 and the party has taken this stance a step further. At Spring Conference the party's consultation paper on pornography called on its members to vote against proposals that were then passing through Parliament to ensure age verification for porn sites, without proposing any alternatives to stop the onslaught of porn our children are now exposed to. 

In fact the party seems to think porn is something that children 'stumble across', ignoring the voices of parents, academics, children's groups and even children themselves. Ignoring the facts. Study after study shows that ever increasing numbers of under-age children (over 50% at the most conservative estimate) are accessing hardcore porn. The majority of them are not actively seeking it out but are having it foisted upon them, for example by pop up ads. What's worse, a large proportion of children viewing this porn (and this is porn that shows women being hit, chocked and asphyixated with a heavy emphasis on violent anal sex) feel it is a realistic depiction of sexual relationships and become increasingly desensitised to it with many boys saying they want to emulate it. The NSPCC even fears that a possilbe 10% of 12-13 year olds are now addicted to pornography.

Sex Industry Policies by and for Pimps


The Lib Dems have for many years adopted pro-sex industry policies. And, 2017 policy is no different. Under this, prostitution is 'just work' and pimps are 'business men'. Concerns of the vast majority of women's groups including survivors of the sex trade have been ignored for decades. The reason? The Lib Dems, along with many others such as human rights group Amnesty International, have adopted policies based on the interests of known pimps, brothel keepers and even jailed sex traffickers. This includes 'super pimpDouglas Fox, owner of a large UK Escort Agency, who skipped jail on a technicality and Alexjandra Gil, again a known pimp and now jailed sex trafficker.

Pimps are 'Managers'

These same pimps and traffickers are also advocates for various sex 'workers' groups (the word sex 'worker' can mean a prostitutes, a pimps or a brothel keeper - there is no way to distinguish between them).  These are the self-same groups that have successfully lobbied Amnesty, the Greens and even the United Nations to adopt the pro-industry policies that of course further the key players' (pimps and brothel keepers) own profiteering interests. 

'Pimp Groups' Paid by Lib Dem Coalition Government:

Super pimp Fox was not just part of the powerful International Union of Sex Workers, but got its members to join Amnesty in order to push forward pro-prostitution policies. Trafficker Gil has also influnced at the highest level - as a known pimp she was not ony a leader of a pro-prostitution group, the NSWP, but ensured that branches of the UN adopted pro-sex industry policies. Even after she was jailed for sex trafficking these policies have not been revisited by the UN.

Trafficker Gil's NSWP have even been paid to the tune of £100,000 under the coalition Government Home Office scheme championed by Lib Dem minister, Lynne Featherstone, to promote safer sex 'work' - further legitimising the sex industry and their views of the pimps who control it. 

Finally No More 16 Year Old Porn 'Stars'

For years, The Lib Dems advocated for children as young as 16 to perform in hard core pornography, based on arguments such as 'you can die for your country at 16, so why can't you make porn' (incorrectly as it turns out, as you cannot actually face active service until 18). It is a welcome improvement to see a policy of promoting underage children in porn finally being scratched from the books.

New policy quietly refers only to 18 year olds taking part in hardcore porn. 

 

Lib Dems For Violence Against Women?

Unfortunately 2017 policy condemns any move to end the high levels of violence against women now seen in mainstream porn. 90% of the top selling porn shows physical violence against the women (often teenage girls) in it. This includes hitting, choking, gagging, asphyxiation, usually accompanied by a torrent of verbal abuse. This is mainstream pornographic fodder, it is not niche porn. This not 'S and M'. There are no 'safe words'. It is not 'risque sex' within a mutual, consenting relationship. This is porn where a man walks into a room, hits a teenage girl 8 times in the face followed by another man who walks in and hits her in the face, followed by violent sex.

But the party is strongly urged its members to reject the Digital Economy Bill which aimed to clamp down on the worst extremes of the porn industry, comparing such a move with the actions of a dictatorship. 

When women are abused in porn it is not pretence, they are actually being abused. When men watch such porn time after time it directly effects their views of women and their relationships with them. In the UK10 million women are abused by men - most often by their own partners - how can anything that contributes to the attitdes that lead to this abuse ever be acceptable? 

If you, like us, can't stand what the Lib Dems stand for tweet them here:

Tweet: .@sarahjolney1 @libdems It's not just about Heathrow & Brexit. I could never vote Lib Dem with your pro porn/prostitution policies