There has been a lot of debate in recent months about how best to tackle the problems caused by the explosion of pornography in society brought about by the internet.
Dave, over at Number 10, spoke just the other week about plans to combat the “corroding influence of pornography on childhood” by requiring customers to specifically opt-in if they want to continue to have access to pornography via their ISP.
Oh, he also mentioned that it had finally dawned on the government to close that gaping loophole and bring depictions of rape within the provisions of extreme pornography. You know – 5 years too late and all that, but still.
Dave’s speech, of course, preceded the strategy paper that DCMS published yesterday. This so-called ‘strategy paper’ is in place of the White Paper that should have been released long before now outlining the anticipated Communications Bill. I suppose it’s nice that the DCMS finally got round to publishing something (don’t forget – the Green Paper was scrapped too) but it’s hard to ignore the fact that the concept of a new Communications Act is running embarrassingly out of steam.
Humph - and some say DCMS is a ‘mickey mouse’ department which hasn’t got the ‘teeth’ for matters as large and important as communications. I wonder why.
Anyway, returning to the damage that pornography has wrought on young people’s attitudes to sex, most people seem to be in agreement that better sex education and more open and transparent conversations about porn and sex are what are needed to provide kids with a reality check about what to really expect from sex.
Well, help is at hand. This extremely funny video (complete with statistics) uses food in a very creative way to shed light on just how divorced from reality the word of porn really is.
A word of warning: you’ll never look at a banana tip dipped in chocolate spread in quite the same way ever again.