Let’s ban all pornography in the European Union
ONE does wonder sometimes what they’re smoking over there in Brussels. The latest bright idea is that in order to reduce gender inequality therefore we must ban all pornography:
Calls on the EU and its Member States to take concrete action on its resolution of 16 September 1997 on discrimination against women in advertising, which called for a ban on all forms of pornography in the media and on the advertising of sex tourism
Yes, “the media” includes the internet as well as grumble mags. They really are insisting that pornography should simply cease to exist. One problem with this is that their next demand is as follows:
Calls on the EU to conduct research into the links between child pornography and adult pornography and the impacts on girls, women, boys and men, as well as the relationship between pornography and sexual violence;
For we know very well what the link between sexual violence and pornography is: porn reduces sexual violence. You might have noticed that the rate of sexual violence has been falling these last few decades. And proper studies have shown that the rate of such violence declines as broadband reaches an area. It really might be as simple as once someone’s wanked themselves into a stupor over some pics on the ‘net then they’ve no motivation to go rape someone. But whatever the reason is, the connection is indeed there: more porn means less sexual violence.
It is vaguely possible that they’re being more subtle than this of course. For men in porn get paid much less than women do. Around one third in fact. So from that point of view eliminating porn would indeed close the gender pay gap. But I’m pretty sure that’s not what they’re talking about you know.