The X-Rated Power of the People
You may have heard about that wacky protest that took place this winter, but what was it actually protesting against?
If you've been following the news in recent months, you may have heard of an unusual protest taking place outside the Houses of Parliament. Taking place in December 2014, these so called ‘face sitting protests' seem like something to laugh about – at first glance anyway. For there is actually a deeper meaning behind them, something which could affect the kind of adult media we consume. Yes, we're talking about porn – and not everything has been going so smoothly in the world of x-rated entertainment lately.
What triggered the protests?
Recently, the UK government has been trying to crack down on harmful media that people can access online. While there are certain things that certainly should be banned, the kind of porn that most of us watch on a regular basis doesn't seem to come to mind. However, that's exactly what the government have focused on. From now on, pay to view porn sites have to follow strict guidelines and the inclusion of some acts have been banned completely. So why did face sitting become the symbol of a protest movement?
What was the reaction?
Amongst the sex acts banned from UK porn is, you've guess it – face sitting. Many people were upset by these new rules and regulations, including those who work in the industry as well as those who watch porn. Even people who aren't fans of porn were worried what these new laws meant for online media in general – was this the first step on a very slippery slope? Could this be the first sign of mass censorship? This was what triggered the protests, along with some other concerns that these changes effectively removed female gratification from porn.
Who was protesting?
So people decided to protest – and the face-sitting proved to be an arresting visual. Campaigners descended onto Parliament Square for a decidedly different kind of protest to what most politicians were used to. It wasn't the sleaze-fest the media expected though; instead, it was a show of solidarity for sexually liberated people.
Feminists, sex workers, and porn viewers were all united in the fact that they didn't want the government telling them what was and wasn't okay to be turned on by. From dommes brandishing whips to someone sitting on Santa's face, this certainly wasn't a protest for the faint hearted.
What difference did it make?
The laws didn't change as a result of the protests, but that's not to say that they were held completely in vain. By protesting, campaigners showed that they cared about the changes that had been made without anyone's consent or prior knowledge. Desire isn't something that can be dictated and regulated by a government, and if all acts in porn are fully consensual and don't perpetrate any violence or misogyny, then where is the harm in watching them?
For now though, face-sitting enthusiasts will have to make do with what they can do at home rather than watch on a screen, and we don't think people's sexual appetites will have been dimmed at all. Porn may have been made more mundane, but the same definitely can't be said about people in Britain's own sex lives!