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A Porn-Free Europe? The EU Is Considering It

March 8, 2013 by  

A Porn-Free Europe? The EU Is Considering It
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A Swedish member of the European Parliament blogged Wednesday that he’d be voting against a resolution that would call on 27 countries to legislate a ban on pornography across all media in the European Union.

The proposed resolution, the “Report on Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU,” notes the pervasiveness of pornography throughout much of European commercial culture and “[c]alls on the EU and its Member States to take concrete action” to begin enforcing a 1997 resolution that would place a “ban on all forms of pornography in the media and on the advertising of sex tourism.”

According to the proposal, the ban is necessary to protect both men and women from comfortably associating European women with social roles that are defined primarily by sex. It makes several presumptions about the extent to which that’s happening in its long laundry list of qualifiers:

…[w]hereas young women and men are most affected by pornography’s new cultural status; whereas the ‘mainstreaming of pornography’, i.e. the current cultural process whereby pornography is slipping into our everyday lives as an evermore universally accepted, often idealised, cultural element, manifests itself particularly clearly within youth culture: from teenage television and lifestyle magazines to music videos and commercials targeted at the young…

And so on.

Christian Engstrom, the Swedish delegate who’s among a handful opposed to the resolution, expects that it will pass when voted on next week. Even if it does, the resolution is a first-step “own initiative report” and won’t automatically become law across the EU. Rather, it paves the way for the parliament to develop a more technical, crafted piece of legislation at a later date — or, perhaps, to do nothing.

Engstrom explains:

[T]he purpose of these own initiative reports are [sic] to serve as the basis for the Commission when it decides to present legislative proposals to the parliament. If this own initiative report is adopted by the parliament, it will strengthen the Commission’s position if and when it wants to propose various ”self-regulation” schemes in the future.

Although I completely agree that eliminating outdated gender stereotypes in the EU is a worthwhile goal, I will be voting against this resolution next week.

We see the threat our current gun-grabbing President and Congressional leaders are mounting to the 2nd Amendment. The next time 1st Amendment issues flare up into a National controversy, whether porn or some other so-called gray area of “free speech” is at issue, will our elected leaders in Congress and the White House use the moment as an opportunity to further legislate the Bill of Rights into irrelevance?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Bill

    Oh No!!!
    What will we do without European porn

    • Robert Smith

      When I was in Copenhegen during the early ’70s as a member of the USN I stepped into a porn shop out of curiosity. On the first floor it was possible to buy any media and any form of porn you can imagine. On the second floor you could watch it being made. On the third floor you could be in it.

      Rob

      • jopa

        Robert Smith: That was getting pretty interesting.I wish they had a taller building with more floors.

      • JimH

        Is that how Led Zeplin came up with Stairway to Heaven?

  • Nadzieja Batki

    How will they legislate morality or immorality, but what will they do when porn becomes respectable and the new normal and it comes in as normal into the family rooms of the world. Now it is hidden and shoddy and dirty and diseased nasty but the turnaround is it will be made so beautiful and clean and it will be religionized that all should want it in their homes or be forced to want it.

    • Robert Smith

      Porn IS respectivble. It generates as much income as does regular Hollywood production. It’s free enterprise at its purest.

      The days of forced participation are generally long gone. They pay taxes, go to the doctor for check-ups, and sometimes move over to mainstream acting.

      Rob

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Robert Smith does it ever cross your mind that just maybe you shouldn’t potray yourself as an Idiot?

      • cawmun cents

        Nadz….

        Haw!
        -CC.

      • Chester

        Nadzieja, Robert DOES have a very good point, like it or not. Maybe you should do some investigation of the current porn industry before you go off on its unrespectability. No one is FORCED into that industry, or at least the better known parts of it. Like any other industry, there are parts of it that no one wants to admit exist, or to take part in producing, but it happens. I won’t go into specifics, but there are some porn movies on the underground market where your first movie is also your last. That version could drop completely off the market and not disappoint me, but there IS a market for it, or it wouldn’t be produced, Would you like to know who made your sneakers, or where they worked and how little they are paid? Overall, porn is a safer place to work than a sneaker factory and generally pays considerably better.

      • http://jmcgraphicdesignworks.wordpress.com jcfromdc

        The so-called “legitimate Hollywood” has nothing to brag about when it comes to excess and “exploitation” of newcomers entering the playing field. It has been going on ever since there were film cameras and film to put it in, including video. Considering what passes for “mainstream films” these days, “legitimate” Hollywood is only a step behind porn anyway. At LEAST, the porn producers/actresses/actors/industry as a whole are a LOT more honest about it. I’ve known and caroused with some of them, lots of them, in my day, and people are clamoring to “get in” to that industry, as it’s a good deal less snobbish than “legitimate” Hollywood. Considering the “causes” that Hollywood is supporting nowadays, I would rather support the porn group, because they are a good deal more Libertarian than self-described “Liberals” (closet fascists by any other name… “I got mine, but YOU can’t have any”).
        This is coming from a politico-economic Conservative!

    • eddie47d

      “porn is respectable”? I doubt it but you sound like my granddaughters mother (they never got married) who strips for a living. She says everyone is doing it and no one objects anymore. Porn and stripping are here to stay but respectable? Hardly! It would be extremely hard to ban porn on the Internet or in print and it probably shouldn’t be. Yet I will never accept it as normal behavior.

      • http://jmcgraphicdesignworks.wordpress.com jcfromdc

        Eddie, despite your personal feelings, this sort of thing has been going on since the beginning of TIME itself. It is nothing new. Today, I think it’s mostly reactionary to so-called “feminism” which is/was ANYTHING but feminine. Young women these days are just acting out their “inner slut”… ummm, like WE did when we were young MEN on the opposite side? But nobody said anything about THAT then, did they? Certainly not our peers!

      • eddie47d

        I didn’t realize that Adam and Eve spent their time at the X rated movie house or was it a click on the Internet. LOL!

    • Nan

      Are you kidding? Beautiful and clean? What will happen when children are exposed to it all day and night? Do you think it will have any effect on them? What about women? Do you think everyday porn will objectify women? Do you think men will have more respect for them? What will happen to their attitudes? Our children barely have “childhoods” any more as it is……

      • JimJones

        Part of America’s problem is over coddling children. Teaching them they excelled for trying, letting them stay at home well after they should of been out on their own. It’s ironic that our founders were young adults around 16 and yet today we seem to think you can’t even drink responsibly until you’re 21? Our kids have more childhood then most. They don’t need more.

  • Jeanette

    A number of years ago, a huge porn ring operating in France and Belgium was discovered. It “used” children until they were about fifteen years old, and then tortured them to death on film, and sold the films to the monsters who enjoy them. Some of the children had actually been sold to this ring by their own parents. There also seemed to be an element of Satanic ritual involved – children being donated by parents for use as “sacrifices.”

    Europe is going to have to do SOMETHING. And here, we should be looking into children being kidnapped. Even famous Muslim-lover Hillary Clinton admitted that most of the 750,000 people kidnapped worldwide each year end up as slaves in Muslim countries – and some of those kidnap victims are American children.

    Isn’t it odd that such massive crime operations – one of them a huge story in Europe – are not even mentioned in “our” media? Do they consider kidnapped, sold, enslaved and murdered children (and adults) so inconsequential that they are not worth reporting? Or do they approve of such monsters, and protect them by not exposing them?

    • eddie47d

      Your attempted slam against Hillary and Muslims in general was unnecessary. This is hardly just a Muslim issue since Americans love their porn and are also involved in child trafficking. Mexican children end up being trafficked into American cities for sexual exploitation also so that is a worldwide problem. There isn’t much that can be done about consenting adults but the problems of exploited children is huge. Even in India (Punjab State) rape of children over 7 years is acceptable. Hillary is a champion of woman’s rights and stopping the exploitation of children. If a grown woman is forced into the sexual porn slave trade and it can be proven then the owner of the “business” should be prosecuted to the fullest.

    • Zed

      Ah yes, I remember that news report. I think they also covered organ theft rings in that show.
      BTW: After over 40 years of research, the FBI has failed to turn up any evidence of so-called “snuff” films – ever. The urban legend originated with a Canadian couple who kidnapped a 14 year old girl and gave her tranquilizers so the husband could rape her on film. She died after choking on her own vomit.

  • cawmun cents

    Why go through the production costs?
    Europe
    It happens out in the open and is entirely acceptable there for public sexual display.
    Just get out your iPad and digitally record what naturally occurs and you can have what the rich porn barons have…and its free!
    This is what is coming to America…an encouragement by your fearless leaders to become more like Europe with an ironic twist.
    More is less.
    More freedom means less freedom.
    Sure you are free to carouse and display as you will,but basic freedoms will be stripped away and replaced with freedom to have sexual abandon and full public access.
    The fact that you will be free to engage in any spurious activity that you like will hide the fact that your other personal and somewhat more private freedoms have been nullified and voided.
    The “New Europe” will be America and the rich and shameless will come here to play in your pristine progressive palatial estate cities.
    Less means more.
    Less excess means more pretty coastal villas,and rich wine grape vinyards that make it seem as if there is not a care in the world.
    Meanwhile the poor get poorer,and the wealthy give them poor gifts that keep them satisfied to be poor and live mundanely under the Potemkinesque guise of making things finer for everyone.It looks good on the outside,but inwardly there is nothing but cobwebs and dust.
    If you fix your crumbling infrastructure and make eveything look like its pristine and perfect then when folks come to visit,they will ignore the po’ folks shuffling around in your cities and defecating in the street.The naked men who want to sit in McDonalds and eat while your kid is forced to grimace in visual agony,and lose his appetite,if not his lunch.
    It all makes me want to vomit.
    But I know that utopia is just another decade or two from being reality here,just like in sunny Europe.Where its okay for public displays of whatever to take place.
    Ever been to San Fransisco?
    I have……
    -CC.

  • JCfromDC

    Now THAT would be a tragedy — who would be visiting Amsterdam after that?

    • Vigilant

      Drug users.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

    Pornography destroys the most precious thing humankind holds. It destroys love. Pornography destroys families, marriages, individuals, and societies.

    Love is based on trust, loyalty, respect, empathy, and endures to the edge of doom. Love elevates others, permanently erases pain, brings joy, purpose, and meaning to life. It takes a lifetime of effort and wisdom to learn how to love, but once gained, love’s worth is infinite. Joseph B. Wirthlin said “The measure of our love is the measure of the greatness of our souls.” Without love, all mankind’s endeavors and accomplishments become worthless.

    Pornography, on the other hand, is cheap. It requires no education, discipline, self-mastery, time, or sacrifice to use. Weak cowardly imbeciles who are incapable of forming meaningful relationships with others mistakenly turn to pornography to try and escape their sad pitiful lives. The only way to escape feeling worthless and rejected is to actually be worth something though. Those who are too lazy and uncaring to put the time, effort, and work into something of value will find no lasting comfort from pornography. No amount of rationalizations or delusional imaginations will ever compensate for the shame which results from choosing indifferent selfish lassitude over concerned selfless dedication. Pornography creates nothing, and takes everything in return.

    Pornography steals from others without contributing something of equal or grater value in return, and is therefore a drain on society. Pornography is the epitome of selfishness. Those who use pornography care for no one and nothing but themselves. They are more interested in attaining shallow short-lived self-gratification than they are in forming meaningful relationships with those around them.

    Pornography is therefore anti-relationship, anti-establishment, and anti-society.
    -Jamie Turner

  • Guy Waukcinebar

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