Why Do We Care That Parliament Staff Look at Porn?

On the 8th January, The Telegraph ran an article claiming Parliament staff made 24,000 attempts to view online pornography in four months“. Equating to an attempt every 9 minutes over the last 2 months. You may remember that just before christmas Damian Green, the First Secretary of State and closest ally to Theresa May, was forced to resign after a scandal about the amount of porn was on his office computer.

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This follows Conservative attempts to crackdown, not only on porn in Parliament, but also across the country with extreme restrictions on content and access.

Teamed with the Conservative and national media obsessions with porn, the question must be asked: why do we care who is watching porn?

The United Kingdom can by no means claim that we are a country of modest and conservative social opinions. We have moved forward over previous decades from a social culture of repression and establishment views; to a largely liberal, encompassing, and free thinking society. Despite what our governing party is named.

We are the nation which guided the world in fashion revolution and expression. A revolution which transcended clothes and music. A revolution which paved the way for an accepting society which embraced the sex lives of all. Leading to a society that widely accepts all sexual orientations, embraces the LGBTQ community, and is pushing for wider discussion of formerly taboo subjects.

While Conservatives may dream of porn like sex lives, and simultaneously banning porn, porn is not illegal to adults of the UK. Porn itself still finds sure legal footing in the freedom of speech and expression. Damian Green broke no laws, we are led to believe, in the porn he was watching. Nor, did any of the staff in Parliament break any laws when, deliberately or not, they attempted to access porn. Likewise, non of you broke the law when you clicked on to your favourite porn site.

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So why then do we get ourselves into such a fuss when we hear a politician does as we all do, don’t deny you do, and clicks on something to settle their primal urges?

Yes there is an inherent expectation of politicians to live up to a higher moral standard as they represent us the people. However, as established looking at porn is not illegal. Therefore, every citizen regardless of employment, preference, or time of day, has the right was visit pornographic websites.

Obviously, there must be limits to pornography such as age and nature. But we already have these limits in place, and any breach of these limits by anyone is illegal. So once again, provided the porn is legal all citizens have the right to view it.

If it is a case of ‘corruption of the mind‘ then why are we not asking for the resignation of every official who has watched Game of Thrones? The show is notorious for its liberal nudity and explicit death scenes. Does the watching of numerous explicit deaths not corrupt ones mind more than a nipple?

That, by the way, is not me advocating for the banning of Game of Thrones!

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