Don’t Dare to be Different

The desire of the state to control our sexuality seems at times relentless. We have had such things as the ban on ‘extreme pornography’ in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the legislation under which Simon Walsh was prosecuted for possessing images of wholly legal consensual BDSM activity, we had the imprisonment of men for engaging consensual sado-masochistic activity, (the Spanner case) we have … Continue reading Don’t Dare to be Different

Scenes from Village Life

Village halls are fine things even for those who don’t share John Major’s mystical warm beer and leather on willow visions of rural England. I have been to weddings, birthday parties and aerobics classes in village halls. They are a great community asset and , indeed, would help contribute to David Cameron’s vision of the Big Society if he had done anything about it rather … Continue reading Scenes from Village Life

Fifty Shades of Ipswich

I don’t really want to say a lot about this and don’t know the facts of exactly what Steven Lock did to his partner, how much consent was involved and whether the case should have been brought. My concern is that the case does not become an excuse for the authorities to begin a  witch-hunt against people involved in consensual BDSM activities. We have been here … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Ipswich