Pornographic Bikini Noodle Branding?

Pornography is one of those subjects that will perpetually be the cause of dividing opinions. Such differences know no borders. According to Alex Swerdloff, of Vice, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation is pushing to ban the branding of Bikini Noodle’s instant noodles for being, as they’ve decided, too pornographic:

All this hit home this week when the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency declared that a noodle snack should be pulled from shelves in the Muslim-majority nation because its packaging depicted an image they considered to be out-and-out pornographic.

Alex Swerdloff c/o Vice

Bikini Noodle? Rigorous Definitions of Porn

In the western world, we might think that marketing like this isn’t pornographic at all. After all, bikini clad is far from lewd, even if we are encouraged to squeeze the bag. It’s simply another category of outfit, right? In fact, with brands like Skinny Girl being prevalent in the United States, we might think that Bikini Noodle is designed to be low-calorie alternatives.

Unfortunately for Indonesia, this isn’t the first time that censorship in the noodle industry has reared its head. In fact, according to Swerdloff, an Indonesian politician made the claim that instant noodles and formula cause babies to become homosexual,

Arief R. Wismansyah, the mayor of the Indonesian city of Tangerang (just west of Jakarta), has shocked the world after asserting that instant noodles and formula milk are actually “making babies gay.” He made the unnerving comment during a government-run pregnancy seminar held in Tangerang earlier this week.

Alex Swerdloff c/o Vice

It’s important to realize how fortunate we are, in most of the western world, for having the freedom of expression that we do. We certainly wouldn’t have such a vibrant and diverse industry that is pornography in other countries.

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As Always,

C.K.


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Donald Trump VS Pornography

It was inevitable that this election cycle would involve the pornographic industry and pornography community. After all, porn is a hot topic where opinions can be passionate. This time, however, unlike the Hilary Clinton parody that happened last year, Donald Trump’s involvement comes from outside the industry. According to Josh Guckert of the The Libertarian Republic, Trump is ready to take on pornography:

On Monday, the nonprofit group Enough is Enough announced that Donald Trump had signed its pledge. The oath calls for “preventing the sexual exploitation of children, better enforcing Internet obscenity laws, and recognizing that exposure to Internet porn is deforming the sexual development of younger viewers,” according to PC World.

Josh Guckert c/o The Libertarian Republic

Is Donald Trump Advocating Against Porn?

No one is going to argue against preventing the sexual exploitation of children. If it exists, it absolutely needs to stop, and I don’t think anyone in this industry would fight such regulation. But what exactly does better enforcing obscenity laws entail? Where does obscenity begin, and safe sexual exploration end? What exactly should be censored is entirely up to the imagination of those in power. For members of the industry, and enthusiasts a like, that could stir some fear. As Guckert wrote,

However, other portions of the pledge may frighten onlookers as resembling the attributes of a nanny state. This includes the “serious consideration” of a Presidential Commission to examine the “harmful public impact of Internet pornography on youth, families, and the American culture.

Josh Guckert c/o The Libertarian Republic

Adults who look at legal pornography are not children, and shouldn’t be treated as such. The freedom of sexual expression in the form of pornography, while not universally protected, shouldn’t be censored if all parties are consenting adults.

Donald Trump’s action might not be an all out declaration of war, but Guckert makes an excellent case for worry. According to Guckert, Trump has made some outlandish claims, such as threatening network neutrality and increasing surveillance under the banner of combating terrorism. If pornography is deemed harmful to the nation’s culture, like it has for the UK, will we see the end to porn in the United States?

In an election year where so much is at stake, it seems necessary to be diligent in making it known that our freedoms are important to us. We’re consenting adults, and we want our freedom of expression to remain intact.

As Always,

C.K.


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Gary Herbert, Porn Is Not The Public Health Crisis You’re Seeking

According to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s resolution, pornography is a public health crisis. Yeah, right. According to Corky Siemaszko of NBC News, Herbert’s resolution calls for a fight against pornography, through:

Education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level

Gary Herbert c/o NBC News

Except Herbert’s so-called policy change isn’t binding, doesn’t stop pornographic websites, and is simply fluff. It just looks like Utah’s incapability to create a separation between the government and religion may be clouding the judgement of its politicians.

Gary Herbert and Todd Weiler for Suppression

According to the masterminds behind this resolution, “pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment” and that pornography consumption is akin to addictive substance abuse. That’s kind of stretching it—but even if that were the case, aren’t there already safeguards available to parents who wish to prevent their children from utilizing porn? That being said, Siemaszko reports that Senator Todd Weiler would like to:

See default settings on the internet changed to make access to pornography more difficult.

Todd Weiler c/o NBC News

Censorship Begins With ██████████

Wait a minute, you want to make access to pornography more difficult for everyone, including competent, mature, free citizens of these great United States? What happened to a free and liberal society? Once censorship begins, it’s likely hard as hell to contain. Is this really in the best interest of all peoples, or is this just another case of arrogant, affluent, politicians imposing their own moral values on others?

Think about it.

Stay Flamin,

Harley


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Blizzard Unhappy About Overwatch Porn

For those of you outside of the video game world, Blizzard, a game company who has released such notable titles as StarCraft, Diablo, and Warcraft, recently released Overwatch, a game that has repeatedly been compared to the incredibly popular Team Fortress 2. In addition to playing the game, the Internet has since had other things in mind, that is, creating pornography out of the game’s intellectual property. Since its release, nearly every character that has been part of Overwatch has been used in third-party, unsolicited, and unlicensed pornography.

Overwatch Pornography: Expression of Artistry?

According to the BBC, Blizzard has taken to sending out DCMA take down requests for copyright infringement. The BBC reports further, that a news site dedicated to gaming, Kotaku, found that over 600,000 searches have been made for Overwatch pornography on Pornhub, a notable streaming video site. In fact, the world seems to be more aware of this apparent darker side of Overwatch ever since Blizzard took to battling it:

Is this the intended effect? It’s probably safe to say that Blizzard had no intention of popularizing the misuse of their intellectual property. However, the game has been in the news far more often and is more popular as a result. This isn’t the first time that trying to fight off the Internet has forced the entire situation to become a much louder affair. Beyoncé found that out in 2013.

The Streisand Effect

So far, it seems, that the Streisand Effect is in full force:

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

The Streisand Effect c/o Wikipedia

It’s interesting to see that with the advent of the Internet, artistic expression has found a place in pornography. Certainly, it’s entirely unethical to use someone else’s property. Overwatch porn is an unintended misuse of Blizzard’s work, but the work itself is artistic inspiration. Despite its sexual nature, it’s fanart. As PlagarismToday puts it, the world of fanart is messy, even if you don’t intended to commercialize the work. At the end of the day, Blizzard is right to fight back. Is there also a case, however, of inhibiting imagination? Food for thought.

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As Always,

C.K.


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United Kingdom Porn Blocking Challenged

According to Anthony Cuthbertson of the International Business Times, previously existing blocks on pornography in the United Kingdom may be challenged as part of European Union proposals. Used as a method of protecting children, these blocks are often viewed as network discrimination. If successful, these changes may reinvigorate a level of pornographic freedom in the UK that hasn’t been seen in a few years.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced in 2013 that internet firms in the UK would have to introduce an opt-in system for customers wishing to see explicit content, sparking criticism from libertarians about the issue of internet censorship.

Anthony Cutherbertson c/o International Business Times

United Kingdom and Network Discrimination

Internet censorship and discrimination has been a long battle. In this decade, network neutrality debates have consumed the world, and the media. In the United Kingdom, network discrimination in regards to pornography is rampant, forcing individuals to publicly admit to their viewership in order to be allowed the privilege of viewing porn.

Cutherbertson comments that a growing number of sites have been blocked by these filtering methods. He reports that 20,000 sites could be affected, according to his sources at the Open Rights Group.

The UK government will not support any proposals that do not allow us to maintain our child protection policies or bring forward new similar policies…

UK Culture Department  c/o International Business Times

Censorship At Any Cost?

The real argument, however, is how effective is this censorship program, and at what cost to freedom does it exist?  At what point are individuals trading their freedom for the hope of protecting innocent eyes? And is it acceptable to force viewers of pornography to be potentially ridiculed for requesting access to mature content?

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Cameron’s conservative party, when it was ushered into power within the United Kingdom, made a bold statement that it would crack down on pornography in favor of child protection. These proposals may be small and considered to be incapable of forcing change, but there’s always a chance that discrimination could be overturned.

In the United States, there are levels of restrictions and requirements for creating and dispersing pornographic content, like the 2257 regulations. As of now, there are no major federal restrictions that force viewers to jump through various hoops in order to avoid network discrimination and censorship.

Some might argue that this is a question of parenting, rather than a question of restriction. Does regulation exist to replace the authority and responsibility of parents? It will be interesting to see how the United Kingdom handles these laws in the future, and whether the European Union’s proposals will result in any forced changes. In the mean time, our neighbors across the water may wish to peruse other means of procuring fine pornographic content, such as a VPN.