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from www.mstarz.com – Hard up Iceland natives may have to find something new to get them through the brutal winters. Lawmakers in that country are proposing a ban on all “hardcore” pornography in print and online.
The proposal, put forth by Iceland Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson, would seek to strengthen anti-pornography laws already on the books that ban pornography in Iceland. The previously passed law defines pornography so vaguely, that it is not enforced. Ogmundur is looking to change that.
He believes that a ban on violent or hardcore porn will have a postive effect on the Scandinavian country’s crime rates.
‘We have to be able to discuss a ban on violent pornography, which we all agree has a very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime,” Ogmundur told the Telegraph.
Ogmundur and associates believe that the type of pornography that a child can see is a serious problem, claiming that the more degrading, brutal forms of pornography are often the first to be seen.
“When a 12-year-old types ‘porn’ into Google, he or she is not going to find photos of naked women out on a country field, but very hardcore and brutal violence,” said Halla Gunnarsdottir, political adviser to the interior minister in an interview with the Guardian.
Free speech and internet activists are up in arms over the proposed censorship.
“This kind of thing does not work. It is technically impossible to do in a way that has the intended effect,” said Smari McCarthy of free-speech group the International Modern Media Institute in an interview with the Guardian.
“And it has negative side effects – everything from slowing down the internet to blocking content that is not meant to be blocked to just generally opening up a whole can of worms regarding human rights issues, access to information and freedom of expression.”
At the same time, anti-porn advocates view the move as a courageous step in the right direction.
This is a country with courage,” Gail Dines [pictured], a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston, said to the Guardian.
“Iceland is going to be the first country with the guts to stand up to these predatory bullies from LA [,the porn industry],” she said. “It is going to take one country to show that this is possible.”
While Iceland is, for the most part, a leftist county, it has shown streaks of social conservatism over the last several years. Iceland successfully banned all strip clubs in 2010.