Mandatory Porn Filtering: This is not “censorship” – This is *APPLIED* *SCIENCE*

via Pippa Smith: Sexualisation of Children – Protecting Innocence Online.

The awful thing is that once children see these images they are imprinted on their brains. Dr William Struthers, a neuroscientist and expert in sexual arousal who researches the impact of pornography on young people, said, =”You can’t “un-see” something. These images are not easily erasable and become almost tattooed on the cortex. It is a powerful shock to the system.” He describes his research in his book, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain.


The default setting for pornography would be ‘off’, and it would be restored only after strict age verification for those over 18. This therefore is not censorship, despite howls of protest from some quarters about freedom of speech, and offers the best protection for children.


So far TalkTalk (with a female CEO) is the only ISP which is delivering a package that filters at network level, although the default is still on and parents have to choose to block pornographic content. TalkTalk have also recently decided to extend this service to all their existing customers, not just new ones as is the case with the other large ISPs such as BT, Virgin Media and Sky who are not catching the 70% of existing customers.


My brain must have Stockholm Syndrome.

2 Replies to “Mandatory Porn Filtering: This is not “censorship” – This is *APPLIED* *SCIENCE*”

  1. My mind still boggles at the sheer arbitrariness of the law, when it comes to ages at which people are allowed to do or see things (and, by some interpretations, to be considered people).

    I remember having a very odd conversation with my Dad on my 18th birthday, about how strange it was that I could now do and see things I couldn’t the day before, and yet I hadn’t had some wild epiphany overnight; if an “adulthood” neuron had been gearing up for 18 years to flip that day, I hadn’t noticed it.

    (There are those who would argue that it still hasn’t flipped, 20-odd years later..)

    The really wacky state of affairs I can never manage to sort out, is the discrepancy between 18-rated films and the age of consent. How is it that people are allowed to do things at 16, that they aren’t allowed to see footage of other people doing, for another 2 years?

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