With criticism already mounting against the planned ISP filter, the Australia Classification Board (ACB) has come under fire for claims that it is censoring female ejaculation and young, small-breasted women from pornography.
Controversy began when Fiona Patten of the Australia Sex Party (ASP – a new political party) posted a press release about the censorship policies. The release focuses on the censorship of female ejaculation, but mentions the board’s stance against small breasts, and some specific publications that were banned because of the models’ breast sizes.
Australia bans nude images of those who “appear to be” under 18, so that a consenting adult with proof of age may be banned from pornography. This, in turn, has held back young women without sufficient endowments. Many argue this only propagates the sexist standards, where only large-breasted women are considered sexy, and those attracted to small breasts are therefore perverts or pedophiles.
The ACB has responded to those claims, saying that no specific policies are set forth regarding breast size, but that everything is taken in context. When asked specifically whether breast size was considered, the Board declined to answer. Though the Guidelines for the Classification of Publications are publicly available, the review process is only as transparent as the Board members choose.
On female ejaculation, the Board claims not to ban the act, but only golden showers. This has led to argument over what exactly is taking place in a given film, and whether female ejaculation is even possible, where the United Kingdom is right now with the same issue.
In a press release, Fiona Patten suggests new appointees to ratings organizations attend courses in scientific developments regarding human sexuality and biology.
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