Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or “inconvenient” as determined by government authorities.
Last week I participated in Share our Shit Saturday at the last minute with a hastily written post. This week I want to do it properly and explain why I think censorship needs to be viewed with caution.
Back in April, I was working at a place, in the UK, that used Sky Broadband. Naturally, I had the business of erotic writing and reading to tend to. But I was blocked from the sites I needed to use, including my own. Upon further investigation, I found out Sky puts an automatic block on any sites that are deemed unsuitable for those under the age of 13 – by default.
I spoke to the people who paid for the broadband and they were not aware of this at all. To get the block removed it is necessary to ring the providers, giving all sorts of memorable information and passwords. However, in their literature, they do not advise that you take the filters off. I did find a way of circumnavigating the block but it involved deleting cookies, changing settings and such like. Even then the stay only lasted about half an hour.
I resent being treated like a child. As an adult, I really am able to critically look at a site, or a book or photo and make a constructive decision as to whether it is something I want to investigate. I do not need this done for me by the self-appointed guardians who are constantly attempting to brainwash the masses regarding what they should think, do and see. Cara Thereon made a very salient point, in her last weeks #soss post, by pointing out how the world at large is not comfortable at all with something as natural and pleasurable as sex.
Even though everyone is having sex they want it hidden like a dirty secret. We seem to have acquired a state-enforced Victorian attitude to watching sex or reading about it.
One of the things I enjoy about being a sex blogger is the openness involved. Good sex should be bound by communication and honesty. Pretending that porn does not exist is dishonest. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want the underage having access to X rated content. However, I feel it is the responsibility of the real guardians, the family adults, to actively parent their children and keep them safe. It is their job to put the various blocks into place, not the corporate censors.
More censorship to come
And it does not stop here. From April 2018 the government are thinking of putting laws into place that mean people in the UK will have to prove they are 18 before being allowed to access pornography websites. (Let’s just remember legally in the UK you can have sex at 16 – but apparently not watch it!)
If verification requires the person to enter bank card details. This will inevitably open the door to problems such as fraud . Not to mention the cost to sites in implementing the necessary software. (The last mention I can find regarding this proposition is July of this year).
Where will it stop?
My man – an ex-journalist for a well known British newspaper – wanted to add this in regards to censorship of the world wide web and age verification checks –
And it is here that we can see the deceptively thin end of the censorship wedge inserted into our online lives beneath the smokescreen of “public safety” and “child protection”. The idea, as always, is to gain acceptance for one form of “security check” before the inevitable expansion into more and yet more – in the relentless drive towards George Orwell’s 1984-style surveillance over everything we read, see or think. For this reason alone, we should resist any attempt to bully us into submitting to state oversight of what is, after all, our private and personal lives.
Censorship, in general, is broadening in all areas. Free speech being cast out to make room for a safe space. But trying to shut people up does not change their opinions. I do not advocate hate speech but I will fight for your right to voice your opinion even if I do not agree with it.
Shadow-banning on Twitter is another way of censoring what we are able to see. Apparently, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Whitelisted users are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines. The blacklist will, of course, contain those who tweet about sex-related matters or political content deemed to be “incorrect”.
Once more they are making the choice for us. The box on Twitter settings, to stop sensitive content, is checked by default. For goodness sake, I write about sex. I want to read about it too and see content on Twitter that contains references to sex. I LOVE SEX.
Last week Girl on the Net and Eros Blog wrote about the whole issue and proposed we share posts we have enjoyed in the recent past, on a Saturday – when you have time – tweeting it to #SoSS – Share Our Shit Saturday or even #SSoS
I think it is so important that as a community of erotic writes – sex-bloggers – whatever you want to call it, we get together and share our articles, photography and stories. Let the world know that we have sex and it’s a positive thing to do, not a shameful one. In fact, we love it so much that we write about it!
Sharing is caring
When ever I have the time on a friday/saturday I am going to share 3 links on my blog. Promoting them to #SoSS on Twitter. Please take a few minutes to click on to them and enjoy!
Every time I go over to Modesty’s site I smile. I have said on Twitter that sometimes she literally lights up my day with her amusing posts and photos. This post was published for Wicked Wednesday.
Many will know Eyes beautiful photos but her writing is just as impressive. This was written a few weeks ago. Reading it rang so many bells for me. Her content is always honest and thought-provoking.
I really enjoy reading Nero’s posts as they are down to earth and real. He says it as it is – which is very refreshing. The post I have recommended here is a particularly hot one from a few weeks ago. Originally posted for masturbation Monday Nero tells us about his experience of anal sex on holiday.