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Prude Power Hits Britain

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Posted on Oct 11, 2011
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British Prime Minister David Cameron and four of the country’s Internet service providers are bending over backwards to accommodate parents concerned with the allegedly corrosive influence of titillating adverts and porn sites on youth, because teenagers never thought about sex before billboards were invented.

Cameron is backing a proposal to keep sexy ads away from schools, which will be terribly effective at sheltering children who travel exclusively between an overbearing home and their place of education. Those bound for the mall will just have to promise to keep their eyes closed.

He is also launching a website that will help parents complain about content they find objectionable. It is not clear at this time whether anyone on the other end of the nag-site will care.

Britain’s major Internet providers already allow parents to censor their connections, but they will now offer to do so right when aspiring customers sign up.

Didn’t the Puritans leave Britain for America a few centuries back? Apparently some were left behind.  —PZS

BBC:

The changes proposed in [Mothers’ Union leader Reg] Bailey’s review include restricting steamy pop videos to older teenagers and later television slots and covering up magazines on shelves that feature sexualised images.

In a letter to Mr Bailey in June, the prime minister wrote: “As you say, we should not to try and wrap children up in cotton wool or simply throw our hands up and accept the world as it is.

“Instead, we should look to put ‘the brakes on an unthinking drift towards ever greater commercialisation and sexualisation’.”

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By Leeds, October 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment
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Reminds me of the time I was three years of age. My mother had brought me to a summer festival on the centre green in Leeds. Out on the open grassy field, two big dogs were happily engaged. My mother, a progressive even then, did not attempt to cover my eyes. She explained evenly to my attentive self that the dogs were “grooming each other for the festival.” “Oh,” I responded, “it looked like they were fucking.”

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By sex IS evil, October 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment
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That acknowledged, here is the scenario: Great Britian institutes a China Wall approach to search and ISP censoring. Parents install well-configured software content-blockers on their kid’s computer. Craftier parent enables filtering in a hardware router installed between the cable-modem and the computer. Lo, their son will be free of the sin of self-help::  the ten year-old boy (ANY ten y.o.)casually proceeds to plug his computer directly into the modem, bypassing the router. He then boots the machine using a Live-CD, completely bypassing his father’s noble jazzing of the computer’s operating system. The lad then bypasses his ISP censoring altogether by setting a foreign non-censoring DNS in his network panel (for site name-lookups). For good measure, he then runs ALL his web-browsing through any free SSL proxy, all data then encrypted so no one monitoring his activities can see the content. Being a sly little prick, the ten year-old saves all of the downloaded booty to his encrypted USB thumb-drive. On machine shutdown, all traces, including those in hard RAM, dissolve into the aether.

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By Oceanna, October 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

Maybe the Brits should save their moral indignation for the bleak economic
outlook of the British Isles that threatens their children’s future.  Or for the
symbiotic union of the UK with the US in its drive for global militarization.

Blimey, people!  You Brits are getting all bloody worked up on prurient issues like
your half-wit American cousins.  Save that bile for what really matters!

I must further add that his lordship, Sir Cameron,  is unbecoming in his Michelle
Obama drag,

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By Raymond Peringer, October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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Sex is shoved in the faces of young people every hour by unimaginative advertisers and hack writers. When some in authority attempts to limit this abuse, however small, the effort deserves more that the adolescent reaction we see in this report and in some of the above comments.

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By Frank Douglas, October 12, 2011 at 12:49 am Link to this comment
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Not going to lie.  I went threw puberty in the late
90’s, early 2000’s.  If you think kids are no more
exposed to sex or think about sex in the same terms
you did as a Gen X member or older, think again.  By
the time I was in 6th grade, all my friends and I
spent hours and hours downloading porn on the
weekends.  And at parties, huge groups would show
each other the most perverse thing they could find.

I don’t really know how you regulate that, but as an
adult, I wonder how that affects my understanding of
sex.  I don’t really think it was that common for
young teens in the 70’s or even 80’s to see things
like 2 Girls 1 Cup easily.

If you don’t think horny young kids aren’t spending
hours every week looking at porn, you’re deluding
yourself about the power of the human sex drive.

How much porn do you watch?  Multiply it by 10 and
you’re probably closer to how much your teenage son
watches.

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By diamond, October 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

Just the same old, same old. Conservatives hate sex and love war and all other forms of injustice. They are a death cult and sex is about life and love. Of course they’re against it. Why else would they let so many British children grow up in grinding poverty and force them to live in filthy, unhealthy high rise buildings that aren’t fit for a pig to inhabit? They hate life and they hate the masses and that explains everything about them. They are like an organism that feels it must destroy anything that’s not exactly the same as it. They’re a bunch of doctrinaire, God bothering, life hating war mongers. The only moral act they recognize is making a profit. Everything else is banned, except for prostitution because it, as anyone can tell you, is hugely profitable which is why women and children are trafficked all over the world and yet strangely those who grow rich from running this grotesque trade are almost never arrested. Why doesn’t David Cameron do something about that, not to mention the global trade in arms instead of harassing teenagers because they like sex? Silly old bastard.

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By SarcastiCanuck, October 11, 2011 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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Gonna put the genie back in the bottle now,huh.Good luck with that one…

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By Jim Yell, October 11, 2011 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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To begin with I grew up in the time of Howdy Doddy and married bedroom’s represented on tv by twin beds. When I was about 11 years old I spent an over-night with a school friend who talked excitedly about a girl he knew who put out to just about everyone, but used the alternate hole. No commercialization of sex, no representation of even approved sex. Who do they think they are kidding, if they think this will stop or limit sexual expression?

That said I am not hostile to the idea that some programing should be in the hours less likely to be viewed by pre-teens and very young children. I think that to have this should be negotiable.

The fact is Hester’s story was written at a time when people thought a glimpse of ankle was enough to send males off the trolley. People are inherently sexual, you can not derail it, but if you get too rigid about it you can cause untold misery by uninformed and unwise sexual practice. And, worse you can leave everyone feeling dirty and guilty about one of life’s better pleasures, when one knows how to do it properly.

And, in an aside, I remember the vapors caused by the idea that “The Damned” might be showed on evening tv. After much hysterics about the viewing of the movie they moved it to after 11 pm and yet they had so censored the movie that if you hadn’t seen it in a theater you would have not known what the story line or point was. The story line by the way was “Power corrupts, absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”. One would think that is a moral exploration that everyone could approve of.

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