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Prohibited Fetishes in Australia

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One further area of difficulty and restriction is Federal legislation passed in 2000 that prohibits the sale in all states of material that depicts "fetishes" including consensual acts. This wide ranging restriction includes wearing leather, rubber, spanking and any kind of bondage activity and despite such clothing and equipment being available from any number of outlets, filming and distributing acts involving it is firmly illegal. Consequently many Australians have had their right to pursue their own personal sexual preferences through erotic media removed and if they wish to continue they have no choice but to do so illegally through home made, underground movie production or illegal imports.

Overall this timely report offers a good insight into the attitudes and conflicts that exist both within the Australian adult DVD market and the government bodies that seek to control and regulate it. It is perhaps telling that the conclusion the report allows us to draw is that pornography at worst has a neutral effect on society in is much more likely to have a positive benefit through increased tolerance and acceptance of differing sexuality. This contrasts sharply with the legislative stance which is both inconsistent and overly protective and seeks to insulate society from a force which is deemed (rightly or wrongly) not to be in the public interest.

The debate will continue no doubt, but we can't help feel that anything that removes sexual rights from the public cannot be a good move for a mature society, particularly when the best evidence we have suggests that asserting these rights has no negative effect on wider society. We are not alone in this; indeed just about every developed country has gone through this process and arrived at a legislative stance that is more liberal and open than our own. If such legal tolerance can work in many varied cultural settings it would seem highly unlikely that a relaxation of our restrictive legal framework would pose a significant threat to Australia.

For more information about the obstacles, rights and interests of the Australian adult industry and how you can support and help protect them, visit the EROS Association the longest serving adult industry group in Australia.