Prude Power Hits Britain

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


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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