The obscenity trail, extreme sex and modern censorship.
By Jane Fae
You may not be aware of the Peacock case — but its impact on obscenity laws in the UK could be seismic.
Shortly before 13:00 GMT on Friday, a jury decided that a series of actions, including 'fisting', erotic urination, and some pretty severe sado-masochistic beatings did not constitute obscenity under the Obscene Publications Act (OPA) — thereby throwing the entire edifice of that law into disarray. Already, supporters of greater freedom of expression in the erotic arena are celebrating the end of an era.
Various bodies - not least the British Board of Film Classification — now need to digest this result. Longer term, the political prognosis for current Obscenity law is not good. Some time soon we may be starting the long trek of consultation, white paper and eventually new legislation to replace the discredited old OPA with a shiny new version. Or we might just dispense with the notion of obscenity from UK lawRead More »from Are we seeing the death of obscenity?