Monday 18 March 2013
So, should porn be censored?
"Those who insist that porn should be censored or regulated claim that it sexualises children and promotes immoral behaviour. Others are happy to live with ‘healthy’ adult porn but want to ban porn which degrades women or celebrates sexual violence. Some are comfortable with all sorts of obscenity but feel that child porn must be criminalised.
As someone who takes freedom of speech and of expression seriously, I reject any form of censorship – including of obscene material. The right to have access to ideas and information regardless of their social or moral worth is a fundamental one. Those who, like me, believe the world would be a better place if we didn’t have the industrialisation of porn should counter this phenomenon by challenging the culture that underpins it, not through censorship."