Porn Wars

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I’m really into the porn filter. What’s not to like? You can turn it on or off, according to your taste. It prompted a debate with my friends that we’d never had before. After my flatmate and I opted in (a decision that took all of five minutes), we started telling pals who were too shy to bring the subject up with their landlords that they could just come over to our flat. “We’ll stick a projector in the front room,” we joked.

I hardly noticed the filter at first. It was on my screen for a flash: a page asking if I wanted “parental controls”. I did what I’ve done since I was 15 and clicked: “No thanks”. Yet something that took only seconds to opt into started a surprising conversation about the pros and cons of pornography. About what we’d watched and what we couldn’t; or the online sex we wished we’d never seen.

It made porn social, which in a weird way it should be. The insights that porn websites give us into viewing habits are strangely fascinating; their conclusions equally grounding. One site revealed their viewing figures slumped during the holidays (down 22% worldwide during Thanksgiving. Down 15% when the royal wedding was on).

It strikes me the only problem with the filter is that it won’t shield those who really need protecting from porn: the people in it.

READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/Magazine/Regulars/article1371243.ece

One thought on “Porn Wars

  1. ian61jacksoni

    Hi Katie   Interesting article with a good conclusion. For me, porn is about admiring a confident, professional leggy woman in a sharp business suit, stilettos, and… smoking.   Smoking with panache & style, a cigarette (or cigar). No younger than around 25 I hasten to add. Needless to say, there are many websites, but not too many pertaining to “my” favourite part of the niche.   I don’t smoke and think it’s a filthy habit, but the scenario I just smentioned…  tips me!   Strange huh?   Kind regards Ian

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