It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
In England and Wales, the main legislation on pornographic materials is contained in the Obscene Publications Act 1959, the Obscene Publications Act 1964 and the Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981. Video-orientated depictions of hardcore material (with certain exceptions for works considered primarily 'artistic' rather than pornographic) were illegal until 1999, when trade-barrier difficulties with regards to European Community membership ensured the relatively free movement of such goods for personal importation only. R18-rated videos are only available in licensed sex shops, but hardcore pornographic magazines are available in newsagents' (shops selling newspapers, magazines, confectionary, et cetera). Purely textual pornography has not been prosecuted since the Inside Linda Lovelace trial of 1976. The Home Office plans to introduce legislation to criminalise possession of what it has labelled extreme pornography.
posted by sminkeypinkey
(Funnily enough it's my own view that 'soft-core' porn is - ironically given the usual 'official attitudes' - the really unhealthy, unsavory & nasty kind. It's displays nothing but fake sexuality and airbrushed fake people being fakely sexual, it offers nothing but women, invariably alone, as a constantly available fantasy.
I don't believe such 'un-reality' is very healthy - or rather I might be more accurate in saying it is deeply unhealthy in a small but significant number of those growing adolescent males most likely to be 'using' it. There's nothing wrong with fantasy, of course, but if all one fixates on is the one type of fantasy I just don't think that helps some people at all)