Friday, 23 May 2008

Sexually Healthy??

You may have read the title of today's blog and wondered what exactly I was going to be writing about but fear not dear reader there will be no graphic descriptions of my own sexual activity ( I hear a big sigh of relief from my husband!). My subject arises from an article I read in the Erotic Trade Only Magazine which discusses the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill 2008. One of the main concerns abut the bill is the impact it could have on our human rights particularly for those who are disabled. It is also raises questions about what exactly the government are going to restrict next.

Section 63-66 of the act looks at the criminalisation of downloading extreme pornography. You may be thinking that extreme pornography should be restricted and I completely agree with you but some aspects of this bill are going to have a detrimental effect on a large number of adults. Many are concerned that the Bill will invite the government to monitor more closely what we download off the internet using Big Brother tactics while the MP's get protected by secrecy laws. Let's face it we all have sexual desires and fetishes and anyone who says they don't is lying. Just because someone fantasises about being strangled doesn't mean they actually want to be strangled. My view is that consenting adults should be able to do what they want as long as they are not causing any physical or mental harm to another individual.

For most of us we can explore our sexuality through our partners or through masturbation but for many disabled physically and mentally disabled people they do not have the same opportunities, this is where pornography and visits to sex workers can give them that outlet.

In this day and age I think it is important that our views on sex move forward, no longer do we live in a society where people get married and then have sex (missionary position of course!) etc. We live in a world where Ann Summers can sell vibrators on the high street, where glamour publications are available in all newsagents and where many celebrities use skimpy outfits to market themselves.

If you want to learn more about this and other censorship issues you may want to visit the Sexual freedom coalition website or the backlash UK website. How many more of our freedoms are we going to lose? We are already surrounded by CCTV, threatened with ID cards and taxed to the hilt, if you want to be proactive and contact your MP then try the they work for you website which can put you in contact with your local MP. Thanks to Dr Tuppy Owens, founder of Outsiders and chair of the Sexual freedom Coalition for many of the references used in this blog. By the way, the picture shown at the top of the blog is actually a lady receiving her golf trophy for any of you who thought otherwise.

Before I sign off for today I just wanted to issue a small health and safety warning regarding BBQ's, after the recent incident in Plymouth where a gentleman was very badly burned whilst lighting his BBQ my husband found this blog! Enjoy.

Stay Healthy,

Sam x

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