For someone of my generation or older, the digital economy is a mystery with countless purchases being made online, around the world, every hour let alone day. Yet, it is the times we live in and all of us must learn to adapt.
The advancement of technology is so fast, Governments are always playing ‘catch up’ when it comes to legislation designed to place limits or safeguards on the digital economy, so it should be no surprise that the UK Government has already replaced the Act it introduced in 2010 with The Digital Economy Act 2017. This latest version introduces methods to ensure that minors (those under 18) cannot access pornographic material, among other things.
From the outset, naturism has been greatly affected by online pornography, with naturists reluctant to share images, either still or moving, of themselves and others enjoying the simple delights of non-sexual social nudity, fearful that they would end up on a porn website for the purpose of sexual arousal. The truth is, so many images are uploaded to the internet, the chances that a pornographer will find your picture or video are slim, but we cannot deny, it does happen. Yet, research carried out by NAG has found that pornography has abused the naturist lifestyle from much earlier on in history. We discovered a porn film from the 1930s titled Nudist Barsupposedly set in France. It’s short, less than six minutes, but it gives the consumer from whatever age the impression that because naturists are nude together, we are constantly aroused and desire sex. Another words, naturist equals swinger equals sexual availability.
While naturists might have an excuse for not combating the abuse of their lifestyle before the internet age, since then international naturist organisations (possibly working through the INF) could have cooperated with each other to prevent the worst excesses of pornography, both offline and online. With it now being so invasive it may be too late to act and naturism will have to reluctantly live with the consequences. Besides it is our belief that the INF is now too dysfunctional with poor leadership, to undertake such a coordinating task.
In the meantime, NAG has responded to a consultation request issued by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on its draft Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2017 for confirming age-verification controls. We have argued that the BBFC also has a role in consumer protection and guarding against copyright infringement; only time will tell if we were persuasive enough. If we learn anything, we’ll let you know.
16th Apr 2018