Conservative MP, radical feminist and evangelical Christian come together to block online porn

Dec 10, 2013
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As Britain enacts laws forcing Internet companies to block access to pornography unless customers opt in, a fledgling movement is under way to bring similar laws to Canada.

“If we can get a man on the moon, certainly we can figure out a way to protect children from unwanted porn,” said Winnipeg Conservative MP Joy Smith, who is formulating a private member’s bill that would automatically block access to online pornography. Anyone wanting to access porn would have to contact their Internet service providers.

Mrs. Smith hosted a recent meeting for parliamentarians and other stakeholders in Ottawa, with speakers including Gail Dines, a self-described radical feminist and sociology professor at Boston’s Wheelock College who founded the Stop Porn Culture group, and Julia Beazley, policy analyst at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

They warned about the increasingly violent nature of modern pornography and its effects on young users, which Ms. Dines described in an interview as a “public health emergency situation,” which she says is proved by empirical research and academic studies.

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The regulation of pornography is “going to happen all over the world,” she said. (Two of Mrs. Smith’s private member’s bills related to human trafficking have been adopted since being elected in 2004.)

“Yesterday, I got a letter from a young boy 10 years of age telling me he was addicted to porn,” she said. “It just brought me to tears.”

The ISP-based opt-in model sought by Mrs. Smith is based on a controversial U.K. plan in which Internet companies will be required to block access to pornography unless customers opt in. The U.K. plan will be in place by early 2014.

Anti-Internet-censorship activist Bennett Haselton, founder of peacefire.org, a website that creates portals to get around blocked sites, said the burden of proof should be on anti-porn activists ‘‘to show that what they are blocking is harmful somehow.”

“In the United States and Canada and most other developed countries, an entire generation now has grown up that, for the most part, actually did have unrestricted Internet access, and they’re not mentally warped by it. There’s no evidence that they’ve been harmed by it,” said Mr. Haselton.

In the United States and Canada and most other developed countries, an entire generation now has grown up that, for the most part, actually did have unrestricted Internet access, and they’re not mentally warped by it. There’s no evidence that they’ve been harmed by it

Ms. Dines said the U.K. opt-in proposal is the best porn regulation model that exists at the moment, because “kids can’t get around it.”

Mr. Haselton, however, said filters may not pose accessibility issues for internet-savvy individuals. “No filter blocks new proxy sites after they’re released, so if people can get access to proxy sites, then, yes, they can get around the filters,” he said.

Ms. Beazley said the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is “supportive of the idea … we will certainly be supportive of any initiatives that come forward, whether it’s from the government itself or from Mrs. Smith.”

“You can’t have the big picture conversation of ending sexual exploitation without talking about the role pornography plays in this,” said Ms. Beazley.

“We are certainly very supportive of the idea of requiring Internet service providers to block pornographic content … It’s not about censorship,” she said.

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Anthony Kennerson
6 years ago

I wonder what the folks at CounterPunch would think about one of their star “left” prognosticators teaming up with Conservative MP’s and a Religious Right fundamentalists for using government as a tool to impose their morality?

ernestgreene
ernestgreene
6 years ago

The left has looked the other way at the Hitler-Stalin pact among neo-cons, holy joes and rad-fems for years. I doubt Dines and her pals will be called out by the self-identified progressive media any more than Andrea Dworkin, Chris Hitchens and David Frum were blasted for celebrating the bombing of Baghdad that started the Iraq War with a champagne dinner. It would seem no one on that side of the fence much cares that Dines is a vicious racist who tried to blame the rape epidemic in DR Congo on the influence of Western porn (making the same basic… Read more »

ernestgreene
ernestgreene
6 years ago

Well, well, look who turns up in Canada fresh from spreading their swill in the U.K.: “”If we can get a man on the moon, certainly we can figure out a way to protect children from unwanted porn,” said Smith last month in Ottowa, where the legislator hosted a “meeting for parliamentarians and other stakeholders … with speakers including Gail Dines, a self-described radical feminist and sociology professor at Boston’s Wheelock College who founded the Stop Porn Culture group, and Julia Beazley, policy analyst at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.” At the meeting, the anti-porners “warned about the increasingly violent… Read more »

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