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Unappealing film censorship...

The Indian government has decided to disband the film censorship appeals board


Link Here10th April 2021
India's film makers are discussing a decision by the Indian government's to abolish the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

The FCAT was set up in 1983 by India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to hear appeals by filmmakers aggrieved by the decision of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

With its headquarters in the capital, New Delhi, the FCAT was headed by a chairperson and had four other members, including a secretary appointed by the Indian government.

In its order earlier this week, the government said the high court and not the FCAT will now hear the appeals by filmmakers who do not agree with the CBFC's suggestions or certificates for their films.

The move has made Indian filmmakers, mainly in Mumbai-based Bollywood, angry and anxious. Alankrita Shrivastava, director of feminist film Lipstick Under My Burkha , told Al Jazeera the abolition of FCAT will make filmmakers like her more vulnerable. The director said:

If there is a disagreement with the decision of the censor board, filmmakers will have to go directly to the high court. This may cause long delays, meaning a greater financial burden on filmmakers. It is a setback for artistic freedom.

 

 

Propaganda victory...

Chinese propaganda channel CGTN works round Ofcom's ban and will now again be available across Europe


Link Here10th April 2021
Full story: Diplomatic Censorship at Ofcom...Ofcom get caught up in international relations
China's state propaganda channel CGTN could soon be back on British TV screens, as French authorities have agreed to regulate, so overriding a decision by the UK TV censor Ofcom to ban the channel.

Ofcom decided to pull CGTN off air in February after finding it unacceptable that the channel is editorially controlled by the Chinese Communist party.

France does not have rules that prohibit state-controlled broadcasters from airing in the country.

But now that the channel is officially regulated by another Council of Europe country, then Ofcom is bound by treaty to accept that CGTN can now broadcast to Britain.

The treaty between members of the Council of Europe, a 47-member organisation that is separate from the EU and therefore not affected by Brexit, mandates that an international broadcaster can beam into the territories of signatories as long as it falls under the jurisdiction of one member.

Saying that, it is not yet clear whether Sky will be including the channel in its package. However Sky currently carries the channel on its networks in Italy and Germany.

 

 

A gold star for Texas...

Texas Senate passes a bill requiring social media companies to fully explain their censorship decisions and allow a legal route for appeals


Link Here10th April 2021
Full story: Internet Censorship in USA...Domain name seizures and SOPA
The Texas Senate has passed a measure that would prohibit large social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from censoring political and religious viewpoints of Texas citizens. The bill now awaits a vote in the Texas House.

Senate Bill 12 was introduced by State Senator Bryan Hughes. Titled Relating to the censorship of users' expressions by an interactive computer service , the bill would not only prohibit censorship, but would require social media companies to disclose their moderation policies, publish reports about any blocked content, and create a legal route for people to appeal any censoring or deplatforming decisions.

Senator Hughes announced the passage on Twitter:

I think we all have to acknowledge that social media companies are the new town square and a small group of people in San Francisco can't dictate free speech for the rest of us.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill if it passes the House. Abbott gave his hearty approval of the bill from the beginning, appearing alongside Senator Hughes at a press conference in March to announce the legislation.

 

 

Shopping: Snake in the Eagles Shadow...

1978 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen, once cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 3rd May 2021


Link Here10th April 2021

Snake In The Eagle's Shadow is a 1978 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring Jackie Chan, Siu-Tin Yuen and Jang-Lee Hwang Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release, VHS, and DVD. BBFC 12 rated for 2021 Blu-ray.

No cuts shown for the 2021 entry in the BBFC database but it is not confirmed that the animal cruelty footage has been restored.

UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, language:

Promotional Material

An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping an old peripatetic beggar.

 

 

Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions


Link Here10th April 2021
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BBFC decisions from 30 March 2021 to 31 March 2021

 

Braking For Whales

  • Braking for Whales
Braking For Whales is a 2019 USA comedy drama by Sean McEwen
Starring Tom Felton, Tammin Sursok and Wendi McLendon-Covey BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film.

Summary Notes

Star and Brandon, estranged brother and sister, are brought together after their mother's recent death and her absurd final request to dispose of her ashes in the body of a whale. With no choice or face losing their much needed inheritance - they embark on a road trip to San Antonio, Texas where they not only encounter adventure but also encounter each other.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references, scene of homophobic violence:
  • 2021 Mainsail LLC video
 

Coping With Cupid

  • Coping with Cupid
Coping With Cupid is a 1991 UK short film by Viv Albertine (as Viviane Albertine)
Starring Yolande Brener, Fiona Denison and Melissa Milo BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this film.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references:
  • 2021 BFI video
   

Danger On Dartmoor

  • Danger on Dartmoor
Danger On Dartmoor is a 1980 UK drama by David Eady
Starring Marcus Evans, Simon Henderson and Debby Salter BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A group of children, lost in fog on Dartmoor, encounter a wild dog, an escaped convict, and other dangers.

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild threat, references to violence:
  • 2021 BFI video
 

Love, Weddings & Other Disasters

Love, Weddings & Other Disasters is a 2020 USA comedy romance by Dennis Dugan
Starring Maggie Grace, Jeremy Irons and Diane Keaton BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material and some strong language

Summary Notes

It is a multi-story romantic comedy about the people who work on weddings to create the perfect day for a loving couple - while their own relationships are outlandish, odd, crazy and far from perfect.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, implied strong language:
  • 2021 Vertigo Releasing Ltd video
 

Lynyrd Skynyrd - If I Leave Here Tomorrow

  • If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd - If I Leave Here Tomorrow is a 2018 USA music biography by Stephen Kijak
Starring Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

This authorized documentary will explore the music and backstory of the legendary American band. With the songs from the first six Skynyrd albums driving the narration, the film focuses on ... See full summary »

UK: Passed 15 uncut:
  • 2021 Eagle Rock Entertainment video
 

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Live At Knebworth

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Live At Knebworth is a 2021 Music Film by N and A BBFC link 2020

There are no censorship issues with this film.

BBFC Notes

LYNYRD SKYNYRD - LIVE AT KNEBWORTH is a recording of a live open-air musical performance by the US rock band.

UK: Passed U uncut for very mild bad language, rude humour:
  • 2021 Eagle Rock Entertainment video
 

Panda Vs. Aliens

  • Pandy
  • Panda vs. Aliens
Panda Vs. Aliens is a 2021 Canada / China animation by Sean Patrick O'Reilly
Starring Chevy Chase, Kiefer O'Reilly and Andrew Gray BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release
UK: Passed U uncut for very mild comic violence, threat, language:
  • 2021 Vertical Entertainment video
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BBFC decisions from 30 March 2021 to 31 March 2021

 

Haunted: Latin America

Haunted: Latin America is a 2021 USA / Mexico reality reality horror by
Starring Pablo Guisa Koestinger BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Real people's terrifying tales of the chilling, unexplained and paranormal come to life with dramatic reenactments in this reality series.

  • Episode 1: The House Of The Damned was passed 15 for suicide references, threat, violence
  • Episode 2: The Cursed Doll was passed 15 for suicide references, threat, violence
  • Episode 3: The Woman From El Molino was passed 15 for suicide references, threat, violence
  • Episode 4: Something's Knocking At The Door was passed 15 for suicide references, threat, violence
  • Episode 5: The Devil Dances Before Easter was passed 15 for suicide references, threat, violence
 

Lol: Last One Laughing

Lol: Last One Laughing is a 2021 reality reality comedy by
Starring Michael Herbig, Anke Engelke and Barbara Schöneberger BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Hosted by Michael Bully Herbig, ten of Germany's finest comedians are locked together for six hours to see who can keep a straight face while simultaneously trying to make their opponents ... See full summary »

  • Episode 1: Lol: Last One Laughing was passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references
  • Episode 2: Lol: Last One Laughing was passed 15 for strong language
  • Episode 3: Lol: Last One Laughing was passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references
  • Episode 4: Lol: Last One Laughing was passed 15 for strong sex references
  • Episode 5: Lol: Last One Laughing was passed 12 for infrequent strong language
  • Episode 6: Lol: Last One Laughing was passed 12 for moderate sex references
 

Worn Stories

Worn Stories is a 2021 USA documentary by
Starring Mike Africa Jr. and Ben Bostic BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

In this funny, heartfelt and moving docuseries, real people unpack the fascinating and quirky stories around their most meaningful pieces of clothing.

  • Episode 1: Community was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 2: Lost And Found was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 3: Beginnings was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 4: Growing Up was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 5: Uniform was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 6: Chance was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 7: Survival was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination
  • Episode 8: Love was passed 15 for nudity, sex, language, discrimination

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Blastfighter


Link Here10th April 2021

US flagReleased on  13th April 2021

The Children

Link Here

The Children is a 1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Max Kalmanowicz.
Starring Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers and Gale Garnett. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as a standard version and an extended Director's Cut. The running time of this releases suggests that it is the Director's Cut.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.
Ironmaster

Link Here

Ironmaster is a 1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Milestone).
Starring Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray and George Eastman. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC in 1986 for 15 rated VHS and again in 2017 for DVD/Blu-ray. Released 15 uncut in Denmark. Also released uncut in the US where it is MPA Unrated.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A tale that hurls you back to the dawn of human history! On his own, exiled tribesman Vudu (George Eastman; After the Fall of New York, Hands of Steel, Blastfighter) discovers how to fashion weapons out of iron and use them for his new tribe s survival and demolishing their enemies. When the new leader of his former tribe Ela (Sam Pasco) figures out how his clan can survive by creating their own iron, it becomes a battle to the death between two brutal forces! Who will win, and at what cost? Directed by Umberto Lenzi (Almost Human, Spasmo, Seven Blood Stained Shadows, Nightmare City), now watch this stone age fantasy classic in HD!

Special Features:
-2016 HD Master
-Interviews with Director Umberto Lenzi, Star George Eastman and Art Director Massimo Antonello Geleng

Willy's Wonderland

Link Here

Willy's Wonderland is a 2021 USA action comedy horror by Kevin Lewis
Starring Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta and Beth Grant IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A quiet loner, Nic Cage, finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy s Wonderland, an abandoned family fun center. But this wonderland has a dark secret that the The Janitor is about to discover. He soon finds himself trapped inside Willy's and locked in an epic battle with the possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls. To survive, he must fight his way through each of them.
Night Of The Eagles

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  • The Fall of the Eagles
  • La Chute des Aigles

Night of the Eagles is a 1989 France / Belgium war drama by Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)
Starring Christopher Lee, Ramon Estevez and Mark Hamill IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

From the studio that brought you ZOMBIE LAKE and PANTHER SQUAD and the director of FEMALE VAMPIRE and BARBED WIRE DOLLS, comes Jess Franco's NIGHT OF THE EAGLES, a stark WWII drama starring iconic genre actors Christopher Lee (HORROR OF DRACULA, THE BLOODY JUDGE) and Mark Hamill (STAR WARS). Lee plays Strauss, a wealthy German businessman whose comely, loving daughter Lillian (Alexandra Ehrlich) is torn between two lovers, Peter (Hamill) and Karl (Ramon Estevez, brother of Charlie Sheen). Unable to choose between her paramours, Lillian's life changes forever when her beaus are shipped off to fight on the frontlines and she is forced to take a job as dancehall singer in a sordid nightclub. With her country and its people torn to pieces by the ravages of war and her once prosperous father relegated to poverty and despair, Lillian must make unthinkable choices in the name of survival.

A sober, sophisticated and far less exploitative latter-day offering from Franco, NIGHT OF THE EAGLES (also released as FALL OF THE EAGLES and WAR SONG) is one of Eurocine's most ambitious pictures, made shortly after the studio's perverse 1988 Franco masterpiece FACELESS, and boasts handsome production design, authentic costumes, bloody battles and a magnetic supporting performance by Lee as a man who helplessly watches as his dreams unravel. Full Moon is proud to present this underrated, unique Franco film on Blu-ray for the first time in America, totally uncut and remastered from the original 35mm camera negative.

Bonus features include: Full Moon Features Trailers

Concrete Plans

Link Here

Concrete Plans is a 2020 UK thriller by Will Jewell.
Starring Goran Bogdan and Kevin Guthrie and Chris Reilly. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Notes

High in the remote Welsh mountains, five builders are brought together to renovate a sprawling old farmhouse. Housed in mouldy portacabins, tensions soon simmer between the men and the self-entitled aristocratic homeowner, as well as amongst the rag tag group of men themselves. World-weary old timer Dave and kindly Foreman Bob try to keep the peace. But his nephew Steve falls under the malign influence of bigot Jim, the pair taking a dislike to Viktor, a Ukranian labourer. As the weather closes in and payments are late, tempers fray. Blood is spilled. As the blue-collar men are confronted with an increasingly dark spiral of moral choices, Jim makes an astonishing proposition.

The Basher Box Set

The Basher Box Set is a double bill

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for: The Prodigal Boxer is a 1972 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Yang-Ming Tsai
Starring Fei Meng, Lin-Lin Li and Yasuaki Kurata IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

The Awaken Punch is a 1973 Hong Kong action drama by Lung-Hsiang Fang
Starring Yung Henry Yu, Pui-San Auyeung and Feng Tien IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

Promotional Material

In a 1973 film that bares many similarities to Bruce Lee's debut film The Big Boss, The Awaken Punch's Henry Yu Yang plays an altruistic fighter who begins to build a name for himself as he violently cleans up a town from within its more seedier elements. But when he must abide by a promise to his dying father to give up his fighting ways, he will be faced with a new challenge in the arrival of the knife-throwing master Tien Feng (Fist of Fury) and his gang. With action from the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping (Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and a cameo from a young Jackie Chan and others, this basher is the epitome of the Punch and Block violence that began a long trend within Martial Arts cinema. USA aka title: Fury of the Black Belt.

The Prodigal Boxer (1972) is an early take on the legend of martial artist Fong Sai-Yuk (later to be portrayed by the likes of Jet Li and Alexander Fu-Sheng), here played by Mang Fei. Once Fong Inadvertently kills a student of the rival school run by Iron Hand Tan (Kurata Yasuaki), this action leads to a series of near death confrontations between the men concluding in a tournament battle of the ages. Choreographed by Shaw Brothers' Lau Kar-Wing (the brother of the great Gordon Liu and Lau Kar-Leung) this film represents the brawling style of the time as well as the genesis of the more stylistic Shapes trend of martial arts action that would soon follow.

Bonus features include: Essays on the Basher genre within Kung Fu Cinema History, Audio Commentary on The Prodigal Boxer with actor/director Michael Worth and Clones Cast/Cinema Bushido host Matthew Whittaker, Creative Chaos: The Basher Genre: an interview with Michael Worth and Action Choreographer John Kreng, Original Theatrical Trailers to both films

Dynasty

Dynasty is a 1977 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Mei-Chun Chang
Starring Tao-Liang Tan, Ying Bai and Kang Chin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

Fully Restored in 3-D by 3-D Film Archive! When an emperor s son is accused of treason against the throne, he ends up in a fight for his life against all comers. Directed by Mei-Chun Chang (Revenge of the Shogun Women), this pop-out martial-arts spectacular stars Bobby Ming, Tao-Liang Tan, Kang Chin, David Wei Tang and Ying Bai, who was given an award for Best Supporting Actor at the 1977 Golden Horse Film Festival. This special edition is the first 3-D Film Archive release in Compatible 3-D, so you can view it on any system. The package has both BD3D polarized AND anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3-D versions, and contains one pair of anaglyphic 3-D glasses with information on how to acquire additional glasses.

Special Features:

  • -The House of Terror - Restored 1953 3-D Comic Book
  • -Two Stereo Slide Presentations from 10-Time Emmy Award Winning Writer Eric Drysdale: 'Sold on Stereo, Commercial 3D in the 1950s' and 'Inside a Mid-century Department Store'
  • -'Go Away I Like You Too Much' 3-D Music Video from The Simple Carnival by Jeff Boller -Super-Touch Lens System Featurette by 3-D Expert Mike Ballew, Produced by Joe Tiberio -Restored 4 channel Quadrophonic Sound
  • -1 Pair of Anaglyphic 3-D Glasses with Information on How to Acquire Additional Glasses
  • -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
  • -Optional English Subtitles
 

 

 

Shopping: Humanoids From The Deep...

1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Barbara Peeters,Jimmy T Murakami just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here10th April 2021

Humanoids from the Deep is a 1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Barbara Peeters,Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited)
Starring Doug McClure,Ann Turkel,Vic Morrow Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Some releases are missing a shot of a man having his head ripped off.
UK: UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong gore:

Promotional Material

Noyo's a sleepy little place, where nothing much happens. So why are people being attacked and killed by THINGS that come out of the water? The answer involves pollution and mutated sea life that's developed a taste for death. As the 'orrible humanoids lay siege to Noyo, it's up to the great Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot; Warlords of Atlantis), to put a stop to their murderous rampages.

Notorious for all the sex 'n' violence that producer Roger Corman insisted on adding against the director's wishes, Humanoids of the Deep is a monster movie for the Video Nasty age. A cheesy, sleazy classic, lovingly presented by your pals at 88 Films.

Extras:

Features Include
New 4K Master from the Original 35 mm Camera Negative
Original DTS-HD MA 2.0 Soundtrack
Optional English SDH Subtitles
Audio Commentary by Film Critic Kim Newman and Film-maker Sean Hogan
Audio Commentary by Critic and Author Samm Deighan
The Making Of Humanoids From the Deep
Leonard Maltin Interviews Roger Corman
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spot
Radio Spot
Stills Gallery
Reversible Sleeve featuring brand new artwork and classic original poster art.

 

 

Recommending Six Days in Fallujah...

US muslim campaign group seeks to get video game banned


Link Here10th April 2021
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group is calling for the censorship of Highwire Games' Six Days in Fallujah.

CAIR has called on Sony's Playstation, Microsoft's Xbox, and Valve's Steam not to host the upcoming game.The group claims that the game promotes Islamophobia and normalizes violence against Muslims. In a statement, CAIR said:

The gaming industry must stop dehumanising Muslims. Video games like Six Days in Fallujah only serve to glorify violence that took the lives of hundreds of Iraqi civilians, justify the Iraq war, and reinforce anti-Muslim sentiment at a time when anti-Muslim bigotry continues to threaten human life.

We call on Microsoft, Sony and Valve to ban their platforms from hosting Six Days in Fallujah.

The game is based on the 2004 Second Battle of Fallujah during the Iraq War. The battle resulted in an unknown number of civilian deaths, and more than 100 US and UK troops. Six Days in Fallujah was first announced in 2009 but at the time, its publisher, Konami, dropped it due to widespread calls for censorship.

 

 

Let's jail everybody who fibs or exaggerates to get laid...

New York state bill demands fully factual consent before people can have sex


Link Here 10th April 2021
New York Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright has announced bill A6540 which defines consent to sex as a freely given, knowledgeable and informed agreement obtained without the use of malice such as forcible compulsion, duress, coercion, deception, fraud, concealment or artifice.

If passed, this would be the first time lawmakers formally define the meaning of consent in the state's penal law for sexual assault and all crimes.

Seawright menacingly threatened in a statement:

The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that a sex crime is committed every 73 seconds. We must stop this rising trend by clearly defining consent, thereby empowering our police and prosecutors to take action. The proper definition of consent in New York's laws will clarify lawful sexual conduct, guide behavior, and make it possible to hold sexual predators accountable.

Offsite Comment: If lying to get yourself laid is made a crime, no one will ever want to have sex again

10th April 2021. See article from rt.com by Charlie Stone

Being less than truthful to get your leg over could become a criminal offence if New York lawmakers get their way. This crazy intrusion into private lives ignores the fact everyone tells white lies to impress potential partners.

If you want to have sex with someone new these days, you'd better draw yourself up a contract... or you could end up in jail.

...See full article from rt.com

 

 

Childish word games...

Dakota Johnson calls for the 'right' words to be used when referring to sex toys


Link Here10th April 2021
Sex toy maker Maude is attempting to generate a bit of hype by trying to impose politically correct terminology on sex toys. Maude claims that it is tired of seeing an 'outdated and gendered approach', their designers created a line up of vibrators and 'gender-neutral sex essentials'.

Dakota Johnson, who is now an investor and co-creative director, has joined the brand and spouts:

For too long sexual health has been poorly marketed, hyper-aggressive, and highly gendered. Maude is a company based on universal design making modern, body-safe, high-quality essentials for before, during, and after sex, with yourself or with another lovely human. The caliber and aesthetic of these products is excellent and elevated.

Now, Maude is taking things a step further with a new campaign denouncing supposedly outdated language that refers to vibrators as toys. Johnson added:

With our This Is Not A Toy campaign, we aim to activate hearts and minds in an effort to destigmatize sexual and intimate tools. Often the use of language surrounding sexual products is antiquated, gender-specific, and belittling.

 

 

Commented: Counting on porn...

Anti-porn campaigners analyse video titles on major porn tubes and with the help of a little stretching of the English language conclude that 1 in 8 are 'sexually violent'


Link Here10th April 2021
Anti porn campaigners have been cataloguing porn titles on Pornhub, XVideos and xHamster and claim that one in eight have titles describing sexually violent acts. Their use of the term 'sexually violent' is a little bizarre though, and inevitably has been redefined to include non-violent material that the authors deem to be violent totally at odds with normal people's use of the English language.

The campaigners analysed 131,738 titles of videos that appeared on the front page of the tube websites (without specifically searching for anything nor allowing the site to build up a profile of preferences).

The campaigners claimed that
  • 8,421 (6.4%) titles included terms for family relationships and 5,785 (4.4%) titles described sexual activity between family members - the most common category of 'sexually violent' material identified in the survey
  • 5,389 (4.1%) titles referred to physical aggression or the depiction of forced sexual activity (acknowledging that performers had likely consented
  • 2,966 (2.2%) titles described image-based sexual abuse, including hidden cams and upskirting
  • 2,698 (1.7%) titles described as coercion and exploitation
The campaigners excluded BDSM material as they seemed to have gotten confused about whether the term 'violence' applies to the genre that seems to be higher more PC than other genres.

Pornhub's owner Mindgeek recently removed millions of videos that had been uploaded by users who had not been verified after claims of hosting illegal content. But it commented on the clips it has allowed to remain online:

Consenting adults are entitled to their own sexual preferences, as long as they are legal and consensual, and all kinks that meet these criteria are welcome on Pornhub.

Academic Clare McGlynn who co-authored the survey, said:

It's shocking that this is the material that the porn companies themselves are choosing to showcase to first-time users.

Collegue Fiona Vera-Gray and co-author of the survey, said:

Sexually violent material eroticised non-consent and distorted the boundary between sexual pleasure and sexual violence.

The survey, titled Sexual violence as a sexual script in mainstream online pornography, is published in the latest issue of The British Journal of Criminology. with its abstract reading:

This article examines the ways in which mainstream pornography positions sexual violence as a normative sexual script by analysing the video titles found on the landing pages of the three most popular pornography websites in the United Kingdom. The study draws on the largest research sample of online pornographic content to date and is unique in its focus on the content immediately advertised to a new user. We found that one in eight titles shown to first-time users on the first page of mainstream porn sites describe sexual activity that constitutes sexual violence. Our findings raise serious questions about the extent of criminal material easily and freely available on mainstream pornography websites and the efficacy of current regulatory mechanisms.

Offsite Comment: Academic Click Bate: The War On Porn Continues

7th April 2021. See article from reprobatepress.com by David Flint

The study makes big claims that were inevitably picked up and repeated uncritically by media outlets like the BBC. But even a cursory glance at the evidence and the conclusions might make a more open-minded person raise their eyebrows. If ever there was a study that set out in search of evidence to back up a belief already held, this is it.

See article from reprobatepress.com

Offsite Comment: British Journal of Criminology Study on Violence in Porn

10th April 2021. See article from avn.com

If you only read headlines about a new study from the British Journal of Criminology you might think that large quantities of criminal videos of sexual violence on tube sites are warping most children's minds, turning them into sexual violators.

But this isn't even close to true. The coverage of the study is misleading and exaggerated. But the study itself is extremely flawed.

First, the researchers included everything from stepmom to ploughed in the category of sexual violence. Defined that broadly, it's shocking the study found only one in eight videos depicted sexual violence.

See full article from avn.com


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