If you enjoy various forms of fetish sexuality, whether real (performed), viewed (via pornography) or imagined (mental fantasy), such as a bit of ‘consensual slapping and whacking‘, you may be aware that the government hates what you like. For the past two decades has been working to censor and ban legally produced media that depicts consenting adults having sex with other consenting adults.

The federal government is currently undertaking a National Classification Scheme Review. An Issues Paper was released on 20 May and members of the public have until 15 July to make a submission. I urge you to make an effort to tell them what you think about their efforts to persecute your natural desires.

The current scheme is primarily a form of censorship, not classification, and needlessly bans content based on moral conservatism rather than common sense or community standards. Not that community standards can be easily determined due to the social hysteria about sexual diversity. People are often not willing to reveal their desires to the judgement of the thought police.

Australian governments have no credibility when it comes to freedom of sexual behaviour and expression. Whether it’s persecuting people for possessing fictional sexual content or defining a piece of content as simultaneously legal or illegal depending on what medium it is transmitted through, they have been working to define all non-vanilla sex as illegal. They exist to perpetuate facile prudish abuses of power to persecute victimless non-crimes such as viewing this cute short film.

In the days of physical media, where most media was produced by corporations in a commercial context, censorship pitted the state against publishers. Now, a lot of pornography and educational sexual content is produced by non-commercial organisations (like clubs, community organisations and sexual health providers) and individuals.

While the government repeatedly tries to tell people that most Refused Classification (RC) content is ‘illegal’ content, this is deliberately misleading. Illegal content is content that is illegal to produce. Sexual behaviour is legal, as is making recordings of it.

The problem is in publishing and distribution. Publishing is no longer merely creating a commercial product to sell, but a form of communication that facilitates connections between like minded people. Australia’s censorship processes have no recognition of this and no willingness to change.

Persecuting the publishers of pornography is now effectively state censorship of individual modes of speech and expression. This historical anomaly needs to be addressed.

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