U.K. Bans Spanking, Bondage And Watersports In Porn, Protesters Hold “Facesitting” Event

Protesters participated in a mass facesitting demonstration outside Parliament in London to protest new U.K. pornography regulations that will hold online porn to the same standards as DVDs. The new regulations will ban spanking, bondage, watersports, fisting, squirting, and facesitting.

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand (VoD) online porn now adhere to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC).

Gawker adds:

Protestors opposed to the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014, led by sex worker Charlotte Rose, staged the facesit-in to coincide with a parliamentary debate on what should be allowed in internet porn. Rose argues the new guidelines are sexist, because the list of banned acts seems to target female pleasure.

“These laws are not only sexist but they taking away people’s choices without consent,” she told the Independent.

Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert made a move to annul the new rules, calling it a “very odd” double standard to ban videos of acts that are legal between consenting adults. Huppert “tabled an Early Day Motion in order to ensure that the topic is debated in the House of Commons,” the Independent reported.

Protestors had a secondary goal of setting a Guinness World Record for most people sitting on faces at the same time—500 people were expected to show up, based on Facebook RSVPs—but Guinness apparently rejected the record attempt.

Check out the following list of sex acts the board banned from being depicted by British pornography producers:

Spanking
Caning

Aggressive whipping

Penetration by any object “associated with violence”

Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual)

Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)

Female ejaculation

Strangulation

Facesitting

Fisting

The final three listed fall under acts the BBFC views as potentially “life-endangering”.