Yesterday London was the venue for a march on Westminster against the new law regarding BDSM imagery which comes in to force as of 1st January next year. Possession of images showing a threat to life of serious injury to a person’s genitalia will be banned.
In protest to this act the Consenting Adult Action Network led by Ben Westwood marched through the streets. Ben was actually leading two slaves called Jade and Dolly Blowup. If you were thinking you knew the name from somewhere, he is the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and a fetish photographer.
The Criminal Justice Act, places responsibility in the hands of the consumers rather than the producers of such material. This act is rather worrying in exactly how it will be interpreted, you could find that you have images which fall in to this category and were totally unaware.
Punishment for possession of such images carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Should we all be worried about how this law is going to be enforced and as Ben pointed out, will he be convicted for photographing bound and gagged girls?
The Ministry of Justice spokeswoman made the following comment
“We believe that the new legislation will only catch material which is already illegal to publish in the UK under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and therefore material which is already legally available should not be affected.”
I suppose we can only wait and see.