Home Office minister Paul Goggins has announced the government’s intention to crack down on those who download violent pornographic images. This follows directly from a three-year campaign by the grieving mother of Jane Longhurst, and has little to do with any evidence linking violent porn with violent acts (obviously, because nothing conclusive has been published).
The news aroused John Beyer to put out a “news release“, highlights of which include:
There is plenty of research evidence concluding that the widespread availability of pornography is harmful to society because it presents a false view of human sexuality.
The annually rising rate of violent sexual crime is a good indicator of the harmful influence of pornography.
The murder of Miss Longhurst is the tip of a very large iceberg.
Amazing how he knows these things.
We hope that the legislation announced today will lead to a wide ranging review of the pornography industry and result is a long overdue strengthening of the criminal law.
UPDATE: Spiked has a well-argued piece by Brendan O’Neill about this proposed law – the gist being that it is more about political posturing than responsible, evidence-based legislation.